The silver bullet mixer for small format!
Man...Finally! I have gone through a lot of mixers these last couple years trying to find a mixer that had "that live sound sound". I have gone through Midas Venice (bland, opaque, in your face), Onyx (grainy, onfucused, vintage?), VLZ (flat. not bad), Yamaha( shrill), and now A&H. A&H is by far the best mixer for live sound, although the Onyx is also a pretty nice board (Loved the firewire card). Actually, the Onyx had been my favorite mixer until I bought this board. My beef with the Onyx is the EQ and the unfocused, grainy, highs, or lack of ( Before the A&H, as most, confused this with warmth) . The Onyx EQ was more like an effect than an actual tool. The EQ is where the A&H really shines. It actually boost and cuts frequencies without adding or subtracting color. Since the highs are so smooth and focused with the A&H, I really find no need to really boost the top. Where I find myself boosting quiet a bit is in the lows. WOW! It was so pleasant to hear how tight and punchy the bass notes got when I boosted. I was not that impressed at first listen with the pre's. I guess I had been expecting some kind of colored sound, but after fiddling with the gain and levels, I was somewhat impressed with the even harmonics. Where I found more respect for the pre's was when I added verb/effects. This discovery helped me understand why the pre's were designed to sound the way they do (Tighter lows, low-mids, focused top). Everthing sat better in the mix. No source lost from low-end muck. The verb just shined and not overstated. I even found myself using more since it sounded so clean. Save yourself time and hassle if your in the small format market. There is nothing better in this price range the the MixWiz3.