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    Question Soundcraft Ghost mixer...Use for Live gig?

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    Hi,

    Have anyone use the Ghost mixer for live gig? Currently, I own a Soundcraft Lx7 and I love the mixer. A friend of mine want to sell me the Ghost mixer. The question I have are:

    1. Can I use the mixer for live gig? I know it have all the feature of studio use.
    2. How is the EQ compare to the LX7, midas venice or Allen & Heath Gl2200?
    3. How is the bus routing interm of live monitor or FOH mixing?

    Please advice.

    Thank you.

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    I'm sure it would work but it would likely be a pain in the ass to cart around. I think most of the Ghost mixers are fairly large.

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    What is the price for a use 32 channels Ghost LE mixer?

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    Depending on the model and condition, could be like $3500. Not exactly something you'd want to be carting around to live shows unless you're doing major prosound type stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coca
    Hi,

    Have anyone use the Ghost mixer for live gig? Currently, I own a Soundcraft Lx7 and I love the mixer. A friend of mine want to sell me the Ghost mixer. The question I have are:

    1. Can I use the mixer for live gig? I know it have all the feature of studio use.
    2. How is the EQ compare to the LX7, midas venice or Allen & Heath Gl2200?
    3. How is the bus routing interm of live monitor or FOH mixing?

    Please advice.

    Thank you.
    I used to see a bunch of these live when they came out. They had the right name and right price and were a way to get Soundcraft sound at a not-so-Soundcraft price. Soundcraft's main live mixers of the time were much more expensive.

    I am not familiar with the Venice or LX7, but it for sure is at least the equal of A&H circuits. Do a search for "ghost" on this formum, many have posted about it's sound.

    Pros:
    Used ones can be had for good prices. It is a good sounding board. You would also have a great recording board.

    Cons:
    Like Alex said, it is heavy and has a big footprint for the number of channels. There are a bunch of live consoles out there that sound great and are much easier to move around.

    Only two auxes can be set pre-fade. If you do mons from FOH, you can really only get two workable mon mixes. If you use a split snake and separate monitor board, no problem.

    Also be aware that that though the Ghost has 10 aux buses, two are stereo, and must be used together. This brings you to 8 sends. Two others are switchable, bringing you to a total of six maximum at any one time, only two of which are pre-fader.

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    Don't forget about the mix b. That will give you another 2 monitor mixes in addition to aux 1 and 2
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    A ghost could certainly be used as alive console. In fact, with the exception of the aux sends, you will actually just have extra features, and a funky EQ layout if I remeber right (due to mix b assignments). Quality wise it will sound much better than an LX7. It will be similar in the EQ department to an Allen Heath GL, and probably just a touch smoother. The Midas however will rock the socks off of a ghost. There are some features you will have to give up to switch to a Midas Venice though. The venice has 60mm faders instead of 100mm, no pad, no phase reverse and only four busses. Personally I have never needed a pad yet on a Venice, but the phase reverse can come in handy. I reccomend you pick up 4 phase revers barrels, or even build your own if you get a Venice.

    As far as size goes, Ghost consoles really are not any bigger than any of the others, nor heavier. There are some Ghosts that were actually built for live and have a differnt layout. Check to see which one you are getiing

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    Guys,

    Thank you for your advice so far. Here are couple of mixers that I have in mind. My budget is around $2200 US dollars. My main purpose is for live gig but I might use it for recording too. I am think to get the Alesis HR24 down the road. So I am looking for more head room. Most important that I am looking for a mixer that have good EQ, preamp, Aux send (the more the better), and sub-groups.

    1. Allen & Heath GL2200 24 channels $1500 (brand new at Guitar Center)
    2. A used 32 channels Soundcraft Ghost LE mixer from a friend $2000
    3. The new 24 channels Soundcraft LX7-II $2000
    4. Dynacord 24 channels power mixer $2300
    5. Midas venice 24 channels (it is too expensive)
    6. Allen & Heath Mixwizard 3 $1000. I use to have the older model, I don't really like to preamp/eq of the mixer.

    Any suggestion?

    Thanks,

    Kevin

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    Quote Originally Posted by xstatic

    As far as size goes, Ghost consoles really are not any bigger than any of the others, nor heavier. There are some Ghosts that were actually built for live and have a differnt layout. Check to see which one you are getiing


    I should have qualified. It is not bigger or way heavier than other similar consoles. But it is certainly bigger and heavier than the others listed here.

    A 24 channel Ghost LE weighs a hundred pounds and is almost a foot deeper and ten inches wider than the Venice 320 or the LX7 24, which weigh in at 50-60 pounds. And a GL2200 24 is tiny.

    That puts the 24 in a case squarely in two-man lift territory.

    The Ghost 32 LE weighs 120 pounds, and adds yet another ten inches of width. With a case, that is probably a four-man lift, and a five foot by three foot footprint.

    Coca, be aware that a case for a mixer this size will easily cost you $500, probably a good bit more, and add another 40 pounds at least to the weight. It will also not fit in a car. Time for a minivan at least, and that is if you carry essentially no PA. Carrying a mixer like that around with no case is asking for big trouble.

    I'd probably skip the Ghost, unless you are at the point where you are regularly doing gigs where you need a mixer that size, or want to be a masochist. That is a lot of console to move around, and means helpers, every time. And it takes up a lot of space. Moving a couple hundred pounds of mixer and case up and down a narrow set of stairs is a pain in the ass.

    The Ghost is a good console, but I'd think long and hard before getting a 32 channel board live board, much less this one.

    It's a good price, though.

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    I use the 16 channel A&H gl2200. It's a very nice board and the only one I found that has all the features I needed. Switchable phantom on all chan, phase, direct outs (pre/post), 6 aux, and a pretty damn nice eq.



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