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14 years ago
people are bombarded with negative stories about them probably rooted to their fishy marketing tactics and the obvious design thefts of other companies. Who cares?
Ted said I do, and I'm surprised more of us don't...with all the problems we have to deal with as musicians with people stealing our music (both illegally with copying and downloading and legally with some of the legislation that's getting pushed through Congress and the shady contracts that have been "standard" for years) I'm surprised more of us aren't upset by their blatant theft.
The fact that their mixers don't sound as good as most of the other stuff out there and seem to be less reliable as well makes it even less of an issue for me. If you're looking at something cheaper than Mackie, I'd look at some of the Samson stuff.
Ted repliedThe blatant theft is fairly easy to see in several cases...if you look at their cable tester and the Ebtech Swizz Army cable tester, you'll see that the front panel layout is exactly the same, from the position of each LED and button to the angle at which the controls are labelled. If you look at their channel strip-type box and the Focusrite Voicemaster you'll see that the controls are labelled exactly the same, down to the labeling of the EQ section of "warmth/tuning/presence/breath" instead of your standard "low/Q/mid/high". With the Mackie lawsuit, as I understand it the circuit board was an exact copy, down to extra circuit traces that went nowhere. You can probably find more information in a lot more detail on Harmony Central or other users' groups.
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