Interesting. This one is definitely sounding like a possibility.
The minimum EQ isn't a big deal, I usually try to sound design with final mix in mind. That being said, this project most likely is going to end up in Pro Tools for final mixing and mastering anyways, so if I really need more control, I'll have it.
The tape connection options are pretty cool, like the fact that there are options, ha. I haven't figured out what I'm going to use for a tape recorder yet....but that's another thread entirely!
For effects, I'll be definitely running my space echo and maybe a stereo reverb unit. I'd prefer to have them patched in all the time, with the ability to add them to whatever channel(s) via a knob. Versus patching them inline to a specific channel. Looks like this is possible, I just can't wrap my head around it in the manual yet. Not without the machine in front of me!
The other mixer I'm looking at is the Yamaha PM430. There's a lot less going on with it than the M35. Its only got one echo send/return and its mono. There's aux outputs suitable for tape sends and a couple of aux ins suitable for tape returns. No direct outs, and no fancy matrix routing.
As attractive physically as it is, I'm thinking the PM430 is going to fall short in the flexibility department. I could make it work, but the more I study the M35 manual, I'm seeing a heck of a lot more potential there. And really, they both go for about the same amount of money.
Any chance you could tell me the dimensions of the M35? Its the only thing I don't see mentioned in the manual and Google hasn't helped much either!