I think he means that you can program different level setting, and just hit one button in anticipation of it.
Of course, there are some shows that do run somewhat to a timed "sequencer" of sorts...where the majority of the performance follows a clock of some time, and then the live actors would just follow that, so you would probably have a pretty good idea who was going to say/sing next, and be able to program in advance for it.
In the Cave there is a script that generates Democrat VS Republican threads if no one starts them...though that one has a much shorter timer....10 minutes.
So far the script has never run...the members are faster.
It works the same way with analog boards, but they normally only have mute and fader scene automation. All the trim, EQ and outboard will be the same.
There are bigger shows where everything runs off a clock and is all midi'd up. The sequencer runs the lights, video, mixer, backing tracks, etc... It's both really cool and really scary. The clock starts running 10 minutes before show time. The show will start no matter if anyone is ready or not. If someone falls out of sync, the whole thing trainwrecks in a spectacular fashion.
Wow, I had no idea what was involved in big theater productions. This has been quite informative and interesting. But the information I was hoping garner from this thread was how do digital and analog mixers compare when used in a small home recording environment. For instance a four or eight track analog studio where a 12 or 16 track mixer is all that is needed.
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I don't know, but the digital ones seem to be at least three times as expensive.
EDIT: In fact, I don't think they go down as low as 8-12 channels, it's probably not economically viable.
The 01V series have 12 mic pres and 4 line inputs. You can add external hardware to get them up to 24 mic inputs. Once you factor all the outboard hardware (compressors, effects etc.), racks and cabling you won't need it becomes a pretty good deal for live work.
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