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Topic: digital mixer for sound system use
Posted By: teeth
Subject: digital mixer for sound system use
Date Posted: 14 November 2023 at 11:29am
hi, i'm in need of a mixer for use with my rig.

9/10 it will just be attenuation for a stereo DJ feed, and system EQ.

something digital, at a good price secondhand. wifi / router enabled (with or without gubbins)

current frontrunner is QU16 by allen and heath, SQ would be nice but i'd like to keep the price down.

i'm open to the X32 but it's not that much cheaper the the QU so...



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Posted By: el chupacabra
Date Posted: 14 November 2023 at 1:21pm
qu-pac if you didn't mind tablet control. The QU mixpad app is very close to the SQ mixpad one.

SQ would be great. I can't imagine spending money on new x32s myself but amazingly have colleagues who have bought recently and rent them to touring bands all the time.

A&H also have CQ landing soon which would be brilliant for small format useage. Very much a smol stagebox format but with some control surface models.


Posted By: teeth
Date Posted: 14 November 2023 at 2:36pm
cheers. think faders are best for me tbh.

yeah the x32 is really quite decent. if i see one for a good price, i might well get it...


Posted By: fudge22
Date Posted: 14 November 2023 at 11:10pm

What will the 1/10 use be? Getting a full 32 channel mixing desk, whose main use is basically a volume control for a stereo signal, seems a bit over the top to me.



Posted By: Conanski
Date Posted: 14 November 2023 at 11:50pm
Originally posted by fudge22 fudge22 wrote:

Getting a full 32 channel mixing desk, whose main use is basically a volume control for a stereo signal, seems a bit over the top to me.

+1 on that. I see the QSC Touchmix-8 used often for DJ type events and the Behringer Flow8 is another that might fit the bill in a similar footprint. 


Posted By: Phil B
Date Posted: 15 November 2023 at 12:50am
We've been using a Behringer XR18 for years with no problems as a small digi mixer. Just got a Soundcraft ui24r for a bigger channel count and will cascade the XR into it for the really big stuff !

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Posted By: fat_brstd
Date Posted: 15 November 2023 at 8:08am
Allen & Heath CQ is definitely the best of the small stuff, it shares the same processing chip as the SQ range so sounds better than the Qu stuff, only downside is no DCA groups but if you only dealing with a couple of channels at a time its not really a thing to worry about.

Not really a fan of the touchmix, you can clip the inputs even with no gain if you are coming out hot from a DJM and the analogue gains suck. The Berry X Air series seem to do the job pretty well.

If it must have faders then Qu-16 would be my pick but personally I would take a CQ over the Qu any day of the week.

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Posted By: jacethebase
Date Posted: 15 November 2023 at 12:50pm
I Put X32 Racks in my disco racks. 

Can cope with pretty much anything a DJ will throw at it. If the wifi falls over you can do anything from the front panel.

Has more features and better UI than the Qpack.

An SQ Rack would be soooooo nice. The Qpack isn't quite there for me.




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Posted By: KDW32
Date Posted: 15 November 2023 at 9:17pm
Originally posted by fat_brstd fat_brstd wrote:

Allen & Heath CQ is definitely the best of the small stuff, it shares the same processing

If it must have faders then Qu-16 would be my pick but personally I would take a CQ over the Qu any day of the week.

I use Qu16 it's decent board and I love my magic moving faders.


Posted By: snowflake
Date Posted: 16 November 2023 at 2:35am
Soundcraft Ui24r is best bang for the buck. But buy a new one with a 3 year warranty - some are a bit tempremental and those are the ones people sell on.


Posted By: Jimmer
Date Posted: 17 November 2023 at 7:51am
Big fan of the A&H offerings, in fact we may have an immaculate QU16 chrome edition coming up for sale in Stroud Gloucestershire soon..

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Posted By: KDW32
Date Posted: 17 November 2023 at 8:21pm
Originally posted by Jimmer Jimmer wrote:

Big fan of the A&H offerings, in fact we may have an immaculate QU16 chrome edition coming up for sale in Stroud Gloucestershire soon..

I'm in the same town for the moment!!  😎

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Posted By: teeth
Date Posted: 16 January 2024 at 1:20pm
found the one for me - yamaha DM3

super compact, great featureset, nice interface. wins all round as far as i',m concerned


Posted By: RoadRunnersDust
Date Posted: 18 January 2024 at 9:45am
I would go for the X32 personally, or a Wing if I could justify the size

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Posted By: teeth
Date Posted: 18 January 2024 at 10:22am
i was looking at a compact but the DM3 is just so small it really makes sense for my use case

if i saw a X32 compact for a good price i'd still consider it


Posted By: kevinmcdonough
Date Posted: 18 January 2024 at 1:55pm
Allen Heath CQ series all the way.

While the QU is ok, it uses older processing chips. The CQ uses the same processing as the SQ and sounds way better. Yes you're relying on a little touch screen or an iPad, there are very few physical controls etc, but if it's only to set up and limit/control a couple of DJ channels this shouldn't be too much of an issue, you shouldn't need to constantly be adjusting it. 

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Posted By: teeth
Date Posted: 18 January 2024 at 4:25pm
yeah they do look great. i just need a good reliable fader that dry hires / less skilled workers can simply move up and down, KISS!



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