Buying a Digital Board

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  1. SteveV60

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    Hey guys, our church is in the market for a digital board for the following reasons:

    We need different mixes for live, studio recording, and TV programming.
    We have two options being offered to us. Yamaha M7CL32 vs. Soundcraft SI Compact 32.

    Can someone help us decide with facts.
     
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    I think you'd be happy with the sound and features of either. Throw the new Allen n Heath GLD 80 and maybe AVID Venue in there too. The Yamaha is more widely used in the US and has a better selection of I/O cards.
     
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    Allen & Heath iLive.
     
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    Haven't used either. There's much praise for the Yamaha (like said above, it's more widely used.)

    However, I'm a huge Soundcraft fan. They do one thing very well. Mixing.

    Yamaha is like Fender. They make everything, from bottom of the rung to the top of the rung. Great support too.

    Soundcraft is like the Tom Anderson of the bunch, purely focused on making great consoles.
     
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    If you have guest BEs, go with the Yami. Most every guy on the road has used them, and may have show files to load.

    Other wise the Allen and Heath ilive, or soundcraft will do a fantastic job, if not better than the Yami.

    Ymmv
     
  6. SteveV60

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    Any love for the Presonus StudioLive?
     
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    Lots of love but it's not exactly in the same class as the other options here. If it can handle your needs go for it. It's well thought out and easy and getting improvements all the time. Not as flexible though with I/O and routing.
     
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    I prefer the sound of the PreSonus StudioLive over the Yamaha M7. The M7 is not necessarily a hard board to mix on, but it definitely takes some seat time to get used to the touch screen. The StudioLive is MUCH more friendly to volunteer sound men. The only downfall IMO to the StudioLive is the limited Aux sends. The most you can get is 10 even if you piggyback two 24 channel boards.
     
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    that's an easy choice. between the two, go with the tour rider acceptable Yamaha M7CL. if you have specific questions about the M7, i own a couple of them and would be glad to assist.

    forget about the presonus...different league all together. you are comparing a Big Wheels to a Harley.
     
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    On features, yes. But I stand by my statement that the PreSonus is warmer and better sounding.
     
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    you can think that if you'd like, nobody will try to stop you.
     

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