Thanks for your input Immersion.
I don't have high end sources, so that ssl piece of gear, is out of my budget
If you check my synth list, you won't see an andromeda, matrix 12 or a JB solaris.
I would pay 3k for a mixer if it was better than the yamaha 01v96i... But I didn't found one, any tips?
People mention the presonus, but IMO it's not comparable to the yamaha...
I am not sure where you live but here where I live an used xpander is about a price of an andromeda so I consider it High end.
Anyway I did look on the Yamaha mixer, it looks like the price has gone down little bit since last I checked, I looked at http://www.thomann.de/.
Well it will be hard to beat it for all the functionality you get for the price. But you should think hard and really think if you really need all the functionality, do you really need motorized faders ? you can get an x toch later for instance they will not cost much, and do you really need this many channels ? are you sure you will have so many sources ? I would prefer to pay for quality instead of quantity.
I just don't want you to buy the Yamaha to later upgrade, if you find it second hand it would be the best..and most future proof.
It is had to get a good console sound quality for the budget, not even the budget mixers of SSL is good, the best quality you will get is for rackbased summing mixers, this will not have faders but will have knobs instead but superior sound, depnding on the amount of channels you really need you can get down in price kind of a lot.
if you cut down on the channels you might be able to hold your budget...
if you use a summing mixer you can use the Dangerous Audio Source for AD/DA and monitor controller.
This have the same audio path as the high end dangerous audio products..same DAC chips..so extremely good bang for the buck and you can use it as an USB interface in your DAW.
Warm audio have a few very good sounding budget pre amps..but again it all depends on how many channels you really need for simultaneous use. even cheaper but probably a lot better then the yamaha pre amps is the Golden Age preamps. If you record alone on that have many sound sources you might overestimate the amount of channels you really need atleast to start with you..you can always upgrade later...
But yeah I don't know if you strongly want a mixer with faders like that and all stuff in the same unit if I would have to choose between the Yamaha and the Behringer X32 Compact I would probably have choosen the X32 it does probably have a better second hand value also if you want to upgrade later.... I guess it all depends on how anal you are with your signal chain...if you want a high number of channels it will be hard to hold that budget..only if you pay about 1000 to 2300 dollars extra, if you can cut down on the amount of channels more doors will open. If you still want that number of channels and all functionality I am not sure I have any more ideas.
If you really want to hold your strict budget I would try to buy as much second hand as possible... there is a lot of good stuff to be find out there...