Worth The Money
By: Mitch Sullivan from Junction City, Kansas, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
By: Charlie Fick-formerly of Steelhorse, now with Big Fat Bacon Band from Reading, PA, USA, email@example.com
Your general opinion of this product.
I had the 24.4 since they first came out. I take very good care of my equipment and this mixer still runs strong with no problems. If the pots start to get scratchy (happened once after 15 years), just turn them back and forth fast until the scratchiness stops. That's all I ever had to do. Considering the venues I played with this mixer, that's quite a track record. I did rainy days, hot and humid and everything in between. The best thing is there's plenty of mic inputs that cover all venues. I did sound for an orchestra once and had plenty in inputs for the job with 20 mic ins. I did a quire and it was fantastic. I used a tiny bit of off board reverb for dimension and wow!! I ran a video camera (hi def) and took a line out to the camera (main left and right, ran the house mix mono out). The stereo reverb was absolutely beautiful. I did a kind of cheat mix, mixed somewhat for the video but still kept a good stage mix. The six aux sends are PLENTY!! Buy one!! It's great!!
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
VERY well made. I hope the new boards are as dependable mine was after a good 15 years or more and I'm guessing the sound got even better since then with the newer mic pre amps. I only bought a road case for mine about 5 or 6 years ago and the mixer still ran good with no dirty pots etc and it had a little banging around in that time. I did how ever I did baby my mixer, I couldn't afford another one at the time. The mixer is quite resistant to skuffing and all that, there may be only one or two very minor scuffs or tiny dings after all these years. I also keep it wiped down every chance I get.
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
The SR24.4 is straight forward easy to use. The EQ is simple, the layout is simple to use and all the ins and outs are easy to find.
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
Six auxiliary sends allowed me to use a 5 way monitor set up with my own band for years. The EQ is easy to use. I can't think of any features to add, I was always content with everything the mixer has. In other words, I don't remember there ever being a time when I said anything like, I with this mixer had a.....etc. Now though, I believe a direct out on each channel would be very handy for multi tracking concerts and would make it easier to use for studio use. You can plug into the channel inserts for a direct out to a mixer but the gain affects the mixed signal making it weaker for a live recording. If you're short on powering a channel due to a low instrument or vocal volume and turn the gain up, it affects the monitor send etc. Other than that, nothing else would benefit the mixer. The "air" control is fantastic!! It puts "life" into a vocalists sound, a kind of "breathiness", I hope this is still a feature on the newer mixer.
How is the tone?
Good, never had a problem that you couldn't fix with the parametric mid controls. Use good speakers and amps, it's all mixed in. Your sound is only as good as your equipment and use plenty of headroom or higher powered amps. Use a sub
How has it stood up over time?
Just said it all above, this mixer is still working my band after a good 15 years, if not longer (maybe shorter). I bought this when they first came out.