Sonic State Studio / Digital Mixers / KORG 168rc

Average rating: 9.0/10 out of 10

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Mark a part-timer user from US writes:
The other reviewers are bang on the money, i dont care how old this mixer is it beats all the new feature ladden mixers from yamaha, akia etc when it comes to sound quality. The best thing about this mixer is the bass, clean well defined bass. And as a dance producer i dont have to tell you that's important.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Wednesday, 14-Jul-04 at 18:43
Martin a Professional user from United States writes:
I'VE LOOKED ALL OVER FOR REVIEWS OF THIS MIXER AND HAVE FOUND NONE. SO I HAVE DECIDED TO WRITE MY OWN. FIRST OF ALL, I'VE OWNED THIS MIXER FOR OVER FIVE YEARS. IT WAS THE FIRST AFFORDABLE COMPACT MIXER I HAD SEEN AND IT CAME STOCKED WITH 2 ADAT INS AND OUTS, AND 8 ANALOG INPUTS (THE FIRST TWO OFFER PHANTOM POWER, AND HAVE INSERTS), THREE BAND EQ WITH A FULLY PARAMETRIC MID BAND ON THE FIRST 12 CHANNELS, PHASE REVERSE AND 4 AUX SENDS ON ALL 16 CHANNELS. IT HAS TWO INTERNAL EFFECTS PROCESSORS WITH EFFECTS RANGING FROM REVERBS TO A MULTIBAND COMPRESSOR.

THE ROUTING IS VERY COMPLETE FOR MULTITRACKING PURPOSES. YOU CAN ROUTE SIGNALS TO AND FROM YOUR ADAT COMPATABLE DEVICES WITH EASE NO MATTER HOW THEY'RE PATCHED INTO THE MIXER. THE QUALITY OF THE A/D CONVERTORS ARE QUITE GOOD AND RIVAL CONVERTORS USED TODAY ON MANY BRAND NEW 24BIT 96K MIXERS. IN FACT I PREFER THEM TO MY EVENT EZBUS'S CONVERTORS-THE 168RC SOUNDS AS IF IT HAS MORE BASS RESPONSE, VERY ANALOG SOUNDING AND CLEAN. MY EZBUS SOUNDS CLEAN TOO, JUST LACKING A BIT IN THE BASS. THE EQ IS VERY MUSICAL BUT YOU CAN START TO HEAR A BIT OF HISS FROM THE ANALOG OUTS IF YOU APPLY IT TOO GENEROUSLY. HOWEVER, THIS MACHINE IS COMPLETELY NOISE FREE FROM THE DIGITAL OUTS. ONE OF ITS DOWNSIDES ARE THERE ARE NO DYNAMICS PROCESSORS ON ANY CHANNEL. AND THE DYNAMIC PROGRAMS FOUND IN THE BUILT-IN MULTI-EFFECTS UNIT ARE MONO INSTEAD OF STEREO. I'M GIVING THIS MIXER A SCORE OF 9 BECAUSE OF IT'S PURE QUALITY AND SOUND. IF YOU CAN FIND ONE OUT THERE GRAB IT. MANY COMPANIES THESE DAYS ARE TOO BUSY TRYING TO LOWER THE COSTS OF THEIR PRODUCTS AND PACK THEM WITH FEATURES RATHER THAN BUILD TRUE QUALITY ITEMS.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Thursday, 30-Jan-03 at 12:3
Marquisate d'Estelle a Professional user from US writes:
The 168RC is really easy to use and a perfect centerpiece for an all-digital project studio. The sound quality is really superior with sweepable mids and you can maintain an all digital path with the dual lightpipe outputs and inputs. The above review says it all....but the sound quality deserves applause as well. This is not a tweezy piece of digital....the eq is great and the 32 bit effects are good, but not as good as newer outboard gear. The delays are pretty good and the flanger is superior...but there ain't no Lexicon Reverb in there. but still...to simultaneous effects is good to get you going. The Gore Design MIDI interface for Cakewalk is great and makes all features easily viewable and it's free on their web site. It is truly a shame they discontinued this unit. I paid $600 for mine still in the box and Sweetwater still sells them for $999 though they might be out.

The only true gripe is limited analog I/O...only eight inputs..that can be remedied with the 8080DAC from Korg for another $900 or so.

Again...this is a great piece.

posted Wednesday, 01-Sep-99 at 18:26
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