I'm about to buy my first audio analyser and could use some advice.
I'm trying to move from DIY into (very) small scale manufacturing (batches of 10-25 units) of pro audio gear. I'm currently working on a 48 channel summing mixer and an 8 channel EQ. I need an analyser to test my designs and prototypes as well as QA of finished units. I don't have a lot of experience with audio measurements and I would prefer a well documented and complete solution that just works out of the box without too much tinkering.
So far I have been looking at the following solutions:
- dScope M1
- FLEXUS FX100
The Flexus FX100 looks nice too and has newer software but (even factoring in the 25% discount I was offered by a reseller) it's almost twice the price of the M1. If I thought it was significantly better than the M1 I might consider it, but I don't really see why that should be the case.
Audiotester looks really nice (for what it is) and if I was a Windows user I'd probably just start here since the price is so low. However, I use a Mac and it seems I would need a to buy a Windows PC and a separate audio interface to make it work (or do some more tinkering with the Parallels virtual machine I use to run Windows). However, I have a feeling I might not stick with this solution for long anyway so I'm reluctant to spend too much time and/or money to make it work.
Spectrafoo runs on my Mac and can address all inputs and outputs on my 48 channel audio interface, which is supercool. It's a bit lightweight in the (electrical/hardware) analysis department though and at roughly 550 USD it's not exactly cheep. I think I would be better off spending my money on a more comprehensive solution that would work in the long term.
Does anyone have experience with the dScope M1, and if so would you recommend it? Are there any worthy alternatives I have missed?