QSC TouchMix-8 Review part-2
In part 2 of my TouchMix-8 review, I take a deeper look at the features and controls that I would use most in real world settings. We work our way through the channel strip, taking a closer look at the EQ, Compressor, Gate, EFX, Aux Routing and other controls, experimenting with each tool to hear the results as we go.
The output section of this console is also fully featured and I take you through the output graphic EQ, parametric EQ, preset library, output delay, and even a handy setup wizard that helps you choose the correct settings for your speakers or amplifier.
Conclusion: Even though it is at the higher end of the price range when comparing the new breed of WiFi enabled touch-controlled mixing consoles, I feel the QSC TouchMix-8 is a solid value. In use, the console has proven to be versatile, small & light enough to easily travel in a shoulder bag yet packing enough processing power and i/O on-board to handle even moderately complex routing jobs. The addition of hardware controls, it’s own touch-screen that does not rely on a tablet to operate, the ability to record multi-track recordings direct to an external drive, and output delay on every output really puts the TouchMix in a class above the other mixers it is most easily compared to.
The unit I used in this review was a loaner, but I will be ordering one for myself in the very near future. I am also traveling later this month for a two week event out of the country, and I will be taking another TouchMix with me to handle a number of very specific jobs on that gig. I’ll be updating this series again after I return, so I can show you more of how I use this console on a real gig, where every ounce of gear costs us money to transport.