Well, we are talking about the same thing, essentially. My description of where the usable sensitivity of the taper kicks in could be off a bit, it was 1994 - 95 when I worked The Risk.
But what your saying is exactly what I am saying, ALL the action, both up and down, is at the top of the fader. And it would take me an hour to warm up and adjust my brain, and physical mixing to this mixer, every week.
You know what else? At the time I was on Miami Beach, there were tons of clubs opening up, and THIS particular mixer was a big seller. Price was the main factor. And the MP44 was relatively economical, compared to the Urei 1620 and reliable.
Mr. Scott Fitlin