Sorry, but I just don't see the value in this new board. It only has 4 fx engines, no moving faders or recallable preamps. They should have went a different direction than the other boards because I really think they missed the boat. I decided to do it right and I went with the GLD-80. Hell, the new soundcraft board is a better choice than the 32AI. Don't get me wrong, I still love my 16.4.2
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I think the real money is in the integration changes. You're talking about physical changes to the board (of which there are many) over the previous models. Those changes come at a cost though. With a well established user base that have all gotten used to the StudioLive workflow its it a better tactical choice NOT to change those things too much in my opinion. However the additional integration options the new line offers you've got the ability to put together a kit for either live or studio that's REALLY tight and simple to use, but without the same kinds of restrictions that used to be standard with some of their competitors like Avid's old paradigm around Pro Tools.
And, as you've pointed out, there are so many other options that are out there, you can truly pick your poison
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I think it's about features and what the potential customer wants for features ? Which usually the number one feature is sonic quality which we all know that Presonus mixer hold their own with sonic quality.
Personally I see the active integration as a step toward the next generation where many of the features we have been asking for will be implemented. The current platform restrictions, tooling for manufacturing, will have to be completely re-done. No small task for a small but growing company...
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I agree. The ability to keep the same frame on the new mixer and concentrate on the guts and software will really help in the long run to keep their prices where they are. They are putting very powerful processors in there and the coming I/O cards will make for very interesting FREE upgrades to come. Not that the new I/O cards will be free, but the firmware upgrades have always been free.
Rick hinted at the future ability to daisy chain a large amount of channels. That doesn't help me personally, but I'm sure there are some people that can't wait to blast past the 52x52 limitations of the first generation FireStudio stuff.
I agree that I wish the 32 had more subgroups, though. Or at least 4 stereo subgroups that maintained channel panning. But I'm a dreamer, I guess. And as I've said before, the 10dB loss on mixing in the subgroups kills that for me - I need to find new uses for my subgroups...lol
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