I'm looking for advice.
I'm in 3 bands that play around town, straddling the coffee shop to small venue (Backstage Lounge, Railway Club) level.
We're looking to play more, and to further that I am interested in buying a mixer that suits our needs. I just bought 2x used Yorkville E160P powered speakers at L&McQ ($325 each, a good deal). The idea with buying a mixer and speakers is to be able to play coffee shop venues that don't have their own equipment (for example, we're playing at RAW Canvas in Yaletown next week). I've recently brainstormed and realized that having this gear could result in live sound opportunities for me.
I've narrowed my search to 2 mixers. The Yamaha MG166CX ($485) and the Soundcraft EFX 8 ($499).
The Yamaha has 10 mic inputs, an SPX Digital Multieffect, 3 band-EQ with a sweepable mid (250 Hz to 5 kHz) and compression in the first 6 channels (1 knob control, attack and release most suitable for vocals). It has a pre-fader aux, a pre or post aux, and an FX aux. It has two stereo sub-groups.http://www.yamahaproaudio.com/products/mixers/mg_cx_models/index.html
The Soundcraft has 8 mic inputs, a Lexicon effects unit with more features than the Yamaha's, 3 band-EQ with sweepable mid (150 Hz to 3.5 kHz), a pre-fader aux and an FX aux.http://www.soundcraft.com/products/product.aspx?pid=148
The feature that got me to these mixers was the sweepable mid.
So, the Yamaha has:
1) 2 extra channels (that I probably don't need);
2) built in compressors (I don't own any outboard ones right now);
3) an extra aux send (that I don't have a use for now, but may in the future); and
4) sub-groups (I can probably use these).
The Soundcraft has:
1) a potentially more useful sweepable mid (all the way down to 150 Hz, though I'm unlikely to take that out of the bass guitar considering my speakers); and
2) a better FX unit.http://www.soundcraft.com/products/product.aspx?pid=148
The unknown is pre-amp quality, though I'm guessing that the Soundcraft has better ones.
Any advice? Is there a 3rd option I am missing? With L&McQ's generous return policy, should I take my 30 days and A/B them?