(This cool Setup is no longer with me as this post was a couple years ago , but shows the way I think about setups , I sold this rig to get other gear and some nicer Mics . I can always get a Mixing board , But the Soundcraft M4 is a Very nice board for what it is , ONLY downside was the SPDIF Digital Out was only 16 bit )
Massive Sonic Capability
Soundcraft M4 with Roland R44
Direct outs with Fader control , Yes .
I specifically wanted this Mixer because of how it integrates into my System .
Roland R44 = 4 inputs TRS Balanced with Limiters for each channel .
Extra Inputs on my Focusrite 18i6 Interface TRS Balanced , and Noise free.
Zoom H6 without attachments 4 Inputs TRS Balanced , 6 With attachment . ( 4 Direct Outs Plus Main Stereo Mix from Mix Master )
100 mm light touch Faders , that actually control the Direct outs , Full control over the sound .
For most situations this will be sufficient indeed , But the Mixer has a full suite of Line inputs as well that can take Bleeds from Wireless Mics , Sub Mixes , Recording Outs from other equipment , that Can All be brought into focus and fed into a Stereo Pair on the recorder while Maintaining 4 Direct outs for parts that I may want more finite control over in Post , Editing a Vocal part that is embedded in a Mix is basically EQ and Multiband Compression where you can select the frequencies you wish to play with . But Having the Vocal Separate means I get to play . Really make it sound Good before dropping it into a Mix , and Live Recording doesn’t generally afford you that option , unless you are using the House Board with Routing to a Multichannel Recorder and Can have the Main house system all to your self. That doesn’t happen very often . So the Portable rig for Live recording , Generally gets Mixed down to stereo and handed off the the Videographer if there is one so they can sync what you do have with the video .
But This setup ,… I get to have some fun . And bring Good Things to Life , so to speak .
Just have to get a good case for the Mixer now . Am Actively hunting for that .