Have a T1. Should I get a T4S or T8S?
I've been trying to read up on the T4/T8 mixers as I'm considering buying one or the other. (Also considering buying a second S1 because ... well because they're so easy to use .)
I currently have a T1 (plus an external power supply) which was bought with my L1/M2. It works really well with the S1 as well - except I need power to run the T1, so I can't use it when busking (using the S1 on battery power). As a solo singer/guitarist there are enough inputs on the T1 for my needs. More channels would be a nice-to-have (see #4 below).
However, here are a few thoughts and I'd welcome input from fellow performers/users of these products to help me decide which way to go:
1. Thoughts and setup: At some point in the future the T1 will be unsupported so I'll have to move to a T4/T8 - this may be as good a time as any for me to make the investment and get the use of the new mixer. I do prefer the sound that comes from my S1 via the T1 vs. going directly to the S1. (I use a Shure Beta 58a or an SM-58, Takamine 12-string or a Godin A6 Ultra, rarely a ukulele, and occasionally a harmonica on a HarpLock stand.)
2. What I've learned so far: The T4 can connect (like the T1) to the L1/M2 power base with just the ToneMatch cable which provides power and the connection for audio signals. The T8 requires an external power supply which comes with the mixer (T4 doesn't come with the external power supply). The T8 needs the power supply - not the ToneMatch cable for the L1/M2. The T4 would need a power supply when used without my L1/M2, e.g. with my S1.
3. Question: Will the power supply that I already have (for my T1) work with the T4 or do I need a different power supply for the times when I use the T4 with my S1? If my existing power supply works, I don't need to buy one with the T4. If not, I need to buy the power supply along with the T4.
4. Question: Am I better off going with the T8 which has more inputs than I need at the present time - but who knows what can happen in the future? It would be nice to have the extra channels to set up an extra mic or two (one with my harmonica stand, one without, one for folks to join me without sharing a mic ... ) Plus the extra channels are handy if friends come over with their instruments for a jam session - they can just plug into the same mixer and we're off to the races.
I do have a Behringer Xenyx 1002B for such occasions but I have had a lot of difficulty getting it to work well - hum and feedback are the main issues. I know that's because I'm not doing things right, but I find it a pain to deal with all the gain staging - compared to my T1.
In other words I'm kinda leaning towards a T8 vs a T4 just for the extra capacity (plenty of redundancy for the future!). There are considerations for both so I'm hoping that the good folks of this community will chime in with some thoughts to help me along.
Thanks, in advance ...