I'm looking for a bit of advice about which mixer to buy. Current setup is simple, DAW-less and semi-modular: Moog M32, DFAM and Subharmonicon, I'm looking to add a drum machine later. Outboard FX, capturing down to a Zoom H6. I have 60hp free in a modular case if I choose to use it. I'm not recording anything I'm likely to publish, this is more weekend theraputic knob-twiddling.
I've narrowed my mixer choices down to either an SSL SiX, SSL X-Desk, or Frap tools QSC with a Master controller. All are about the same price, give or take, though the x desk is the biggest outlay.
The SSL SiX is attractive mainly for the onboard channel and bus compression. I'd struggle to invest in such a decent compressor otherwise. It can take up to 10 channels + FX when summing or six channels in mixdown which might be limiting.
The X Desk is an 8 channel desk which will sum up to 16, but no onboard compression or EQ. Also it has no pre-amps but that's not an issue for me.
The Frap tools QSC is 4 stereo pairs, stackable so I would likely buy another later. It's modular so I would physically play it alongside the Moog gear, which is something I really enjoyed with my last mixer (Roland MX-1). But again, no compression or EQ.
My head says the QSC as I won't miss the benefits of a big-boy desk unless I'm actually recording multi-channel and then using the mixer in post. But the SSL compression seems worthy of attention.
Anyone got any advice for me?