AES: Toft 8-buss console preview
Well, truth be told, I don't know if this is actually _at_ AES, but the Toft fellows said they'd be showing it there. (Just wait 'til winter NAMM, because I'll actually be there, and thus won't be sitting here typing out my ass all day.) In any case, this is something you don't see coming down the pike every day: an analog 8-buss console.
Toft is generally accepted to be on the low side of high-end, or on the high side of middle-end, depending on who you ask. That caveat aside, this console is gonna smoke. It is a true 8-buss, and is available in 16, 24, and 32 input frames. It also has a digital option for FW, AES, and ADAT. Nothing I can find says whether the ADAT and FW are both I and O, though. Well, never mind that; this is an ideal front end for your DAW, especially if you have a lot of keyboards (see my rant earlier.) The best part? The price. It has an MSRP of $2495, which means a possible street price of under two grand.
It's also worth mention that Toft is part of the PMI Audio Group, which includes JoeMeek. In conversations I've seen online, folks from Toft have mentioned several times that Joemeek will be introducing the Meekser next year, which should be a nice little mixer for not a lot of money. Something to look forward to for NAMM, I guess.