Brian5815 on 2016/01/08
We recently upgraded to the X32 producer from our old peavey desk, this was a huge upgrade for us so we looked at a number of desks, the reason we chose this desk was because for the price, it was the best on the market.
We went for this desk rather than the X32 compact because, although the X32 compact has stribble scrips,it doesn?t fit into a standard size rack housing which we needed.
The preamps in this desk are phenomenal, loads of headroom, and everything is crystal clear through the front of house.
Having 32 fully programmable channels is brilliant, having the ability to use one vocal channel for front of house with reverb on it, and being able to use another vocal channel for monitors with no reverb is fantastic. We also set it up so that there is a main guitar channel in the centre, with 2 more guitar channels panned left and right, with a slight mismatched delay on those channels to give a more 3D sound, and 2 kick drum channels, one has more bottom end and compression than the other, so we can mix those two channels depending on the individual room, to take out the boominess of the kick drum you sometimes get.
Having individual parametric equalisers on each channel is great, as is the ability to put a 32 band GEQ on separate channels.
The RTA is fantastic when trying to EQ channels, as it gives a clear visual indicator as to which frequencies need boosting and cutting.
We also use 5 separate monitor mixes, with compressors and equalisers available on each of these channels.
We use our desk with the X32 mixing station app, using a separate router, this makes it very easy to do front of house sound, and to control monitor mixes while not right next to the desk.
The desk is very straightforward to program as well, selecting the source and destination for each channel takes only a few seconds once you?re used to the desk.
Having separate DCA groups and busses as well is brilliant, 8 DCA groups and 16 Mix Busses are very useful ? we use 7 DCA groups for a variety of things. We also use 2 Mix busses for the drums ? the ability to put a compressor on the mix buss for the whole drum set rather than on individual drums gives a much more defined and punchy mix.
Overall this was a fantastic purchase and I would recommend it to anyone looking to upgrade their current desk to a digital desk, there is a bit of a learning curve to it but it?s a fantastic tool once you?re able to use it properly.