Times have changed. Just a few of years ago, there was a split in the sound industry between seasoned pros who loved their analog sound, and a vocal minority who extolled the virtues of the digital console. These days, it's getting harder and harder to find pro engineers and sound companies who want to drag out those racks of outboard gear, and with the sound and ease of use of today's digital boards, it's not hard to see why. We decided to put together our rankings of the best digital mixers on the market. Admittedly, we're taking a look at some vastly different pieces of gear here, so it's all relative. These are just the 5 boards that we find ourselves going back to again and again, with a (very) brief explanation of why we love 'em. We'll have to get into more detail on some of these later.
We ranked these boards on price, features, flexibility and reliability on a scale of 1 to 10. Ok, on to the list: