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Old Wednesday, January 9th, 2008, 01:58 PM
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Best Mixer for ~$1000 (Live Setting)

My church just recently had several musical equipments stolen but we were fortunate enough to get $3000 dollars in donation.
We need a mixer, but for at most ~$1200.

What is the best mixer for a live setting we can get for anything less than $1200? (Even if it is used)


We play contemporary christian worship with drums, keyboard, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, lead vocal and three back-up vocals. I'm assuming that a 16 channel mixer is good enough for the band make-up. A good "live" recording mixer is a plus but not the first priority. Thanks
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Old Wednesday, January 9th, 2008, 02:44 PM
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Knowing nothing else about your situation, and based your opinion that a 16 will work, I'd go for a Mixwizard. That gets you 16 real channels, 6 auxes (2 pre, 2 post, 2 switchable per channel as a pair) where pre-fade is also pre-insert (on the latest Wizard).

You can also sometimes find good deals on used stuff in that budget, too .. Yamaha GA, A&H GL2200, Soundcraft LX7 would be ones to look at. The new retail price of those is generally in the $2K-$2.5K range, but used they can fall close to your budget.
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Old Wednesday, January 9th, 2008, 02:49 PM
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Are you sure a 16 will do? Based on your list there, I count 15 inputs if you've got one keyboard (17 if yours, like mine, often plays two), plus wireless and playback and all. I'd really try to go for a used 24 or even 32 if possible.

Just a thought.
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Old Wednesday, January 9th, 2008, 11:14 PM
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I'm going to say that anything less than 20 channels will not be enough and possibly 4 auxes for monitors and depending on your other needs you may need 2 to 4 auxes for other things.

Do you have all of your other parts to your system?

A couple of consoles to look at are Yamaha's MG 24/14FX and Allen and Heaths PA28. I would suggest the MG24 since it has 6 auxes but not knowing exactly what you need that's a tough call.

If you can come up with a bit more details on your setup that would help us narrow in on some better suggestions.

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Old Wednesday, January 9th, 2008, 11:57 PM
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Since you said, 16, I'll suggest 24 Thinking ahead and all.

Not saying to much, keeping it short and simple, here would be my suggestions:
Allen & Heath PA28 for $1300
Allen & Heath GL2400-24 for $2000

If you're only considering 16 channel, then:
Allen & Heath MixWizard3 16:2 for $1000
Allen & Heath PA20 for $1000
and one small concession to a Mackie 1604 VLZ III for $850


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Old Friday, January 11th, 2008, 02:04 AM
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Arrow Yamaha!

I have looked around and seen Yamaha MG32/14FX selling for around $1099. Check it out on http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...cts?sku=630057.
We use this at our church and have wonderful sound for our services.
Also, this Peavy is new for church mixing http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...cts?sku=631370.
Good luck with your shopping.
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Old Saturday, January 12th, 2008, 10:35 PM
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Personally I like the looks of the Yamaha mentioned above too. The MG24 is about $200 less too if you only need 16 channels. In that price range it is probably the best bang for your buck.
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Old Saturday, February 2nd, 2008, 08:26 PM
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Hey... havent been on here in a while, i know im probably gonna get slammed... oh well, lol! My personal favorite for the money is the Behringer 24. We use these for live shows all over the place. We have the one with the meter bridge and without. Both work great.... for the money! Just for the record, we also carry a 32 Peavey, a 42 ch Mackie, and a new Mackie Onyx 48. but for most smaller shows i prefer my behringer.
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Old Saturday, February 2nd, 2008, 08:48 PM
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If you can find a used A.R.T. 2408 that might be a good start. It has phantom power, 16 "real" channels, 8 stereo line-level channels and 8 aux sends. You can probably find one for under $300.
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Old Wednesday, April 24th, 2013, 09:55 AM
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We just installed a Behringer X32--purchased it in January for $2,500. It's a remarkably capable board, sound is good and it's wildly programmable (which is both a plus and a minus). So far, we're liking what it can provide...all of the options...the ability to be configured so that "anyone" can run it--and yet retain all of the features that enable a full range of functionality.
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Old Wednesday, April 24th, 2013, 10:43 AM
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Bob, I've done it myself but perhaps you missed that the last post in this thread was over 5 years ago. $2,500 is also a bit above the OP's stated $1,000 to $1,200 budget. Then again, the OP may be ready for an upgrade by now.
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