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Hello there.  Any of you folks have any time on a Sony MXP-3000 series console?  What's the word on this beast?  I like the feature set but am afraid of possibly flat and sterile sound.  I would especially appreciate any thoughts from anyone using this board to record rock music.


I have one of these and I mostly record rock music.
IMHO, it's a good desk. It's very well built, it has a transparent signal path and reasonably musical eq.
It's not as clean as an SSL, or rich as a Neve, or good as EQ as an Amek...but it won't cost nearly as much.
It has Micpre & EQ sub-modules which can be swapped around in different configurations, and a good few companies make high end upgrades that just slot in (no more pres taking up room in the rack). John Hardy makes complete channel and master strips (not cheap.
It outperforms cheaper Ameks, Soundtracs etc. (although I heard Neoteks are pretty good, don't get them around here tho').
I would probably have bought an Amek 2500/2520 at the time, but it wouldn't fit in the old control room! Doubtless would have had more maintenance issues (?).
Depends on your budget, and what is available at the time. I kicked myself after shelling out for mine when only a month later another one came on the market in better condition, but without the plasma metering and automation (which I didn't need),but at

Greg Norman:
I bought a 15 year old one last year.  I have had only little bits of trouble.  I have the automation but have never used it other than to group faders together,  It s set up so you can optimize its sound and usefulness.  It is completely flexible.  I've got 2 of the Hardy pres (which sound great buy the way), and plan on building my own soon.  Both the mic pre and eq sections are modular.  API makes moduals for that console, Hardy only has the preamp.
The real good news is that the pots and switches are long-lasting quality parts.  You wont be chasing down a mountain of noises, and bad connections (gold throughout).  
The bad news is that there are Sony custom parts that are almost impossible to find.  This would include most of the important op amps.  You can custom make your own replacements if things get too dire.
Here is some good info-

hi there,
I bought one probably 5 months ago now and have found positives and negatives. The first thing I did was install the ForssellTech master and monitor module retrofit (Rev2) which has made a big difference in sonic quality and character. Not sure what to expect I was amazed at the immediate benefits of these mods. I strongly recommend these mods to anyone with an mxp particularly as the price is now much more affordable than the initial version. Fred Forssell has also been extremely helpful and the support has been great.
Issues I have with the desk tend to be little things that I find irritating:
no centre (zero) dent on eq gain knobs.
the channel path can't be bussed directly to the 2Mix (if someone knows a way please let me know! i.e you need to go buss it to another channels monitor patch to get it to the 2mix. this annoying if you're wanting to use the little faders (rotary ones) as extra returns.
patchbay could a little more extensive..ie. speaker outputs, micpre
inputs...more stuff...just a bit more like an SSL patchbay... you know what im talking about!

I would also be interested to know if anyone else has used one of these consoles with both the fully parametric EQ module and the parametric with wide/narrow Q switches. Personally I have found the latter a more musical and sweeter sounding eq than the fully parametric. one would think it would be pretty much the same EQ design but the too feel quite different to me anyone else found this?

I've had mine for a year now and love it.  I wish the patchbay had bus outs so I could send a drum kit to outboard gear more easily.  Instead you have to group the tracks first using the AGM mode and then go out of that particular channel/bus.  I'm just not totally used to that setup yet.  It is a very transparent board but the EQs are great.  The pres are quite good as well.  I do mostly rock n roll to analog here.  Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound heard a mix done on the Sony and said he could hardly tell the difference between that and an SSL some other mixes were done on by the same artist.

Anyway, where do I find info on this Forsell master module mod?  How much is it and what is it?  A whole new module?  I would appreciate any info.  Thanks


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