Audio Mixing Consoles: With Many Choices, Cadac, Waves Models Could Be A Fit
Sometimes we miss out on some great products that are on the market that might be an even better option for us, because they don’t get the recognition those other well-known choices do.
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When taking a long look at audio mixing consoles, there are so many great options out there today.
It is truly a time where we live in a golden age for audio, and at a certain price point, so many of the options available to us pretty much have similar features and do the same job.
Yet it seems that everyone ends up choosing the same two or three audio consoles over and over again.
Now going with what is a tried and proven desk is always a great way to go, and I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that. Sometimes, though, we miss out on some great products that are on the market that might be an even better option for us, because they don’t get the recognition those other well-known choices do.
For me personally, a large part of looking at a digital audio console is seeing how well it integrates with Waves Soundgrid. Like many people, I have been using Waves on studio projects for years and started looking into using their live version back in 2013. That year, I talked myself in and out of using them several times, and finally went to a Waves Soundgrid seminar at the end of 2013 and fell in love with the concept.
In January of 2014, I switched everything I was using at church and also at home over to Waves Soundgrid, and have never looked back. Needless to say, using Waves Soundgrid is a big part of how I mix, and I encourage people to look into using Waves live, if you have not already.
Products like plugins such as X-FDBK and PSE (primary source enhancer), I use all the time and are a great at making my job easier. The Dugan auto mixer plugin should also be at the top everyone’s list, for those who do large Christmas or Easter productions, with lots of wireless mics on actors. Because of my extreme preference for using Waves Soundgrid, I am always looking to see how well a manufacturer integrates their console with Waves.
A little more than two years ago, I went to the WFX conference in Nashville, and came across a console that just blew me away and ‘til this day is my favorite digital console on the market, the Cadac CDC six. They had just released it a couple of weeks before WFX, and I had not heard of it before, so I stopped to check it out and found myself going back to check it out several times while I was at the conference.
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