Submitted March 9, 2015 by Mark L in Juneau, AK
"The Band Loves This And I Like It Too!"
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I'm about 4 months into the QSC Touchmix 16 now. I didn't want to write a review until I used it for a few different types of gigs. I must say I'm impressed! This is quite a handy little machine. I've used it now for small, medium, large performances and band rehearsals. Overall, very easy to use. I watched all the QSC videos on YouTube and, they were helpful but you know? It's so simple and intuitive that a person can figure the basic features of this board with just a little hunting and pecking. The "Home" button is always right there if you get lost. Also like the "Aux" and "Phantom" power buttons are always nearby and the volume/ controller knob is intuitive and handy.
My first gig I used this for was a film festival. This meant several short films, all with varying degrees of soundtrack quality. I really needed to EQ them individually and boom, there's a main mix EQ right there! The event had an MC talking between the films so I used the "Male Vocal" preset on his microphone and he sounded like a pro!
I've used this for two DJ style gigs, again, using the EQ to dial in a good room sound. No problems, got lots of thump!
The real test was for a "self-sounded" Celtic rock band in a large venue with multiple inputs and a variety of instruments. I play guitar in the band so I had intimate knowledge of the monitor mixes, channel inputs and the presets I would like to try. The show came off great. People ran up to the stage just to tell us how great we sounded and, I know this is in part due to how great we played but also to the clever use of the Touchmix's presets and EQ!
Since the show the Touchmix has become incorporated into band rehearsals. It's great because you can save your band's "scene." None of this, "Oh, I used our board for another gig and now everything is messed up..." sort of thing. I just recall our band's scene and we are good to go. I backup the scene on an USB drive once in a while just in case there's a meltdown but that hasn't been an issue. The Touchmix has been solid and has not crashed.
If I were to say anything negative about the Touchmix it would involve a minor design feature that could happen. The screen could be a bit larger but, this is also coming from a middle-aged male who need glasses! The "Home" button as well. Great feature but I wish it always took you back to the 1-8 input channels. As it is set up now, it returns to the channels you were last looking at which could be 1-8, 8-16 or the stereo channels. This is something that the band members have found confusing at first. You just have to know that the different sections of channels are represented by a small graphic above the digital "faders." It's there, it's simple but you have to know about it.
Other than that. This is a great product and it's obvious that QSC really did their homework on this one. It has way too many cool features to talk about in a short review so I would recommend checking out the Touchmix video's on YouTube. I wouldn't say that I've put this through a serious road test or took it on an extensive tour but I have put it through it's courses and it has been great so far. The band loves it and I love it too!
Guitar player, home recording, live sound, music production
Rock, Celtic rock, Irish music, folk and fingerstyle acoustic
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