Thanks for the detailed review.
I got mine today (after ordering off Amazon Japan yesterday) and just finished a 4 hour or so session setting it and testing my various projects.
I have both Win 8.1 and OSX ML but only tested on Win 8.1 tonight.
My previous experience is a Presonus Firebox (still working) and a TC Electronic Konnekt Live (died a couple of weeks ago after 5+ years of heavy use)
First impression out of the box was nice metal case, solid weight but not too heavy.
Setup and upgrade firmware to V2 was no issue.
Tested the mixer app first with included dsp FX, rev and guitars using the first 4 inputs with 2 mics and 1 stereo guitar input.
The DSP FX seemed good quality, but due to the dsp processing limit it’s probably only good for a singer songwriter using them live.
No big deal for me as I use a combination of hardware and software FX anyway.
I use a Zoom G3 for harmonica rack mic and a Zoom MS50G for guitar, plus sometimes Guitar Rig added on top of those in Ableton Live.
For Vocals I use Voxengo’s Voxformer + a reverb, but the inbuilt UR44 compresser/Eq with send REV sounded quite ok and useable. A few different presets to choose from.
Tested some sets in Ableton Live with 44K sample rate and 256 buffer, running 2 mics into 1/2 (1 vocal, 1 harmonica in a rack) and 3/4 with stereo guitar in from the MS50G. Running software Vsti’s (Jamstix drums + Trilian Bass) along with these inputs it all seemed aok. No pops, seemed quite stable.
Then I added a Zoom RT 223 bass/drum box to 5/6 inputs and ran through some tunes using that with all 6 channels live.
Again, seemed rock solid with no pops.
I like the solid build and low profile.
Having 4 gain knobs on the front it’s great to be able to adjust the mix on the fly as you get used to the new sound.
I also changed sample rates a couple of times and it didn’t choke on 192.
Much less noisy than the Firebox (which is from 2005), probably even less than the Konnekt (from 2008) I think.
I did notice the volume drop on stereo linking in the mixer as mentioned on another thread, but this does not happen if you feed it into a daw channel so no big deal atm for me.
I’ll test it tomorrow again when I do a live gig online. Touch wood, seems solid.
So first impressions are good. I’ll give it a couple of weeks solid use and see if any issues pop up, which is the real test with these things I’ve found.