# So... Analog or Digital

#### Spectre7

##### Member
After my last post concerning sound equipment, I'd like to get a more specific answer for one of the questions posed: Do I want an analog or digital console?

As many if not most people in sound, I started my education on an analog console, an Allen & Heath ML5000 at one of the theatres I work for. It was a beast. We have since replaced that with a Yamaha LS9-32 and I was the first employee to ever use if for a performance, and I'm growing fond of it.

I want to upgrade the console I currently use for myself and smaller gigs (24 channels tops), and I had only intended to spend around $2500 on the console, and I was going to get an analog one from A&H or Yamaha. But after I told my boss at my theatre, he basically told me thats a dumb idea because that console and all of the outboard processors, effects, and EQ would be obsolete in a year or two at most. I feel like he is correct (he is a little nutty, but very knowledgeable) and know that if I buy analog equipment now, that I will never be able to sell it if one day in the future I do want digital. So would it be probably the most feasible and cost effective (in the long run) to just cough up the$5k and buy something like a Yamaha 01V (studio console, I know) or Yamaha LS9-16? Opinions?

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#### MisterTim

##### Active Member
Presonus StudioLive. Best lower-priced digital board out there, and I know I'm certainly not the only one who thinks this.

#### Spectre7

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The fact that it is a studio board does not make a difference with the live sound aspect does it ? Or does the 'live' part in StudioLive mean it works for both applications?

#### DuckJordan

##### Well-Known Member
After my last post concerning sound equipment, I'd like to get a more specific answer for one of the questions posed: Do I want an analog or digital console?

As many if not most people in sound, I started my education on an analog console, an Allen & Heath ML5000 at one of the theatres I work for. It was a beast. We have since replaced that with a Yamaha LS9-32 and I was the first employee to ever use if for a performance, and I'm growing fond of it.

I want to upgrade the console I currently use for myself and smaller gigs (24 channels tops), and I had only intended to spend around $2500 on the console, and I was going to get an analog one from A&H or Yamaha. But after I told my boss at my theatre, he basically told me thats a dumb idea because that console and all of the outboard processors, effects, and EQ would be obsolete in a year or two at most. I feel like he is correct (he is a little nutty, but very knowledgeable) and know that if I buy analog equipment now, that I will never be able to sell it if one day in the future I do want digital. So would it be probably the most feasible and cost effective (in the long run) to just cough up the$5k and buy something like a Yamaha 01V (studio console, I know) or Yamaha LS9-16? Opinions?

I would say look at the other threads that have covered this, although i dissagree with your boss, Analog consoles will always have a place in theater, they are cheaper, easier to use in most cases, and can be used on the fly. Unlike many digital consoles that i have worked with...

That said its a very, very situation specific reason why you would prefer to use a digital console over an analog. If you see yourself not wanting to haul all the outboard gear (if you use a ton) and if you would find it easier to use scenes and need to have some pre-setup time with mic checks and other things involved then i would say probably get the digital. If the normal use of your console is for events where its very unlikely to get a mic check before the event, if you have limited time to setup, and you don't need very much processing or effects then i would say go with analog. Consoles are like cars the moment you walk out the door they lost about 15% of their value, it continues to drop over the years but you will still be able to sell the consoles off.

#### Footer

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What kind of shows? Who all will be using it? How many inputs do you need? Etc....

I work with a bunch of guys that will probably never go digital... but for a good reason. We have a Heritage 1k. Until you get to the big leagues of digital consoles nothing sounds close.

The 01v can work in a live environment. Its what I bought for my theatre. I would not want to mix a band on it, but it works great in a situation where everything repeats night after night.

Digital and analog both have their strengths. Analog is not going away in the foreseeable future. Digital is getting better every day. Yamaha is the defacto standard for the lower priced digital boards. Its not until you start looking at the 50k and above range that other manufactures really come into play. Mostly everyone knows how they operate Yamaha consoles. I have yet to be convinced that anything but Yamaha in the lower priced consoles are ready for live show operation.

So the real question is... Yamaha digital or analog.

#### MisterTim

##### Active Member
The fact that it is a studio board does not make a difference with the live sound aspect does it ? Or does the 'live' part in StudioLive mean it works for both applications?
It's a great live or studio board. Not having flying faders is annoying on occasion, but it doesn't really bother me.