Hi...I noted your 4/16 10:36 am post @ ’Weakest Link’ forum. Piqued my curiosity, so I followed the magic links to your site and suite of equipment.....
Unconventional, Yes. Does it make you happy? Also, Yes. *S*
...and I’ll be the last to argue with you about it. ;)
But I did note this re Behringer eq’s, of which I own and apply 2 of the 8024 models. An earlier version which lacks some of the versatility of the 2496. And has proved (for me, anyhow) to be a sturdy workhorse.
One was bought new what seems eons ago for room correction and active eq. The 2nd bought used 2 years ago, mostly for active room monitoring with the calibration mic (bought with the first) and as an ’outlier’ eq. for my own deviant purposes. ;)
They can’t do both at the same time (monitor and active eq), but the 2nd was purchased for under 100$ including the shipping from TX>NC.
One 8024 would allow you to ’fool around’ and stay digital. And don't forget to buy the mic and a XLR cable (their mic requires the phantom power; don't know if an alternative cal mic will work as well....
In your environs, a more 'omni' mic may be of better use, but this is just a guess and mho...*shrug*g*
If you’re determined to try a 2496, shop around the pro audio sites...I bought my 1st 8024 from Sweetwater during a sales event. Don't pay retail...and get free shipping! *L*
Either way, let me know how goes it, if you opt to ’go there’. *G*