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Huh apparently we haven't had a thread about mixers before. I'm looking for a smallish mixer (about 8 channels?) to use for home recording. Mainly I'm looking for something I can use for multitrack recording on my MacBook, so it needs to have a firewire output, but I also need standard audio outs in case I want to use it for my old Tascam eight-track. Are there any particular brands or models people recommend? I know Behringer is a no-go.

congratulations (n/a), Friday, 15 May 2009 13:28 (ten years ago) link

mackie onyx w/ firewire option?

I've had a mackie 1402 VLZ for years and it's very versatile.

I don't know how these mixers w/ built in firewire work, I have a MOTU 828. It's worth noting some of these interfaces are essentially mixers without all the knobs. The 828 for instance can do all kinds of routing. It's just not very tactical.

dan selzer, Friday, 15 May 2009 17:20 (ten years ago) link

The MOTU looks like it would be good for at home. I guess I'm just keeping my options open in terms of using the mixer for recording my band too, which would require more XLR inputs.

congratulations (n/a), Friday, 15 May 2009 17:26 (ten years ago) link

There are firewire/usb interfaces with more xlr inputs (but less routing options). I can't overestimate the versatility of stuff like the little mackie mixers.

http://www.mackie.com/products/onyx1220/

this only has 4 XLR inputs, and the firewire costs another 400 though...

dan selzer, Sunday, 17 May 2009 01:13 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

dudes, i have a new jack question about running direct for live shows. in two weeks i have my first gig doing my own material, and aside from some live drums i'll be using a sampler and a kaossilator. should i just assume that i'll be able to run both into d.i. boxes at the club, or should i invest in a small mixer to put them through first on stage?

the parking garage has more facebook followers than my band (Jordan), Monday, 6 September 2010 22:17 (nine years ago) link

still waffling on whether i just run multiple d.i.'s (i own at least one now) or spring for a cheap behringer mixer

the parking garage has more facebook followers than my band (Jordan), Tuesday, 14 September 2010 01:09 (nine years ago) link

most clubs should have at least 2 DI boxes i would hope? maybe check with them first

outback bumfuc (electricsound), Tuesday, 14 September 2010 01:58 (nine years ago) link

tbf the only reason to use a mixer would be if you figure that the peeps behind the soundboard are going to be confounded by figuring out how to mix the electronic stuff. which might be 100% true tbh.

also i think that the sampler and kaossilator are both line level out (not instrument out) so DI boxes wouldn't be the right choice anyway.

Gerard Depardeauxnt (jjjusten), Tuesday, 14 September 2010 04:57 (nine years ago) link

i can explain that more if that is unclear. DI boxes confuse folks.

Gerard Depardeauxnt (jjjusten), Tuesday, 14 September 2010 04:57 (nine years ago) link

Actually wait, kaos thingy is prob instrument out, but sampler should have a line out.

Gerard Depardeauxnt (jjjusten), Tuesday, 14 September 2010 05:08 (nine years ago) link

they're both rca outs? so right now i have cords that go from stereo rca to mono 1/8", with a 1/4" adapter on that. like this, plus the adapter:

http://www.washington.edu/lst/help/audio/dawintro/im_imported_by_hand/stereo_to_rca.jpg/image_preview

not sure if this is problem or if there's a better solution. it would be so much easier if they both had a 1/4" line out.

the parking garage has more facebook followers than my band (Jordan), Tuesday, 14 September 2010 12:44 (nine years ago) link

problem = problematic

the parking garage has more facebook followers than my band (Jordan), Tuesday, 14 September 2010 12:48 (nine years ago) link

and if i don't use a stereo-to-mono cable like that, will i need two d.i.'s per instrument?

the parking garage has more facebook followers than my band (Jordan), Tuesday, 14 September 2010 19:23 (nine years ago) link

okay, looking into this a bit more. should i just forget the above, and get dual rca to dual 1/4" cables for both the sampler and the kaossilator? and will those have to go into d.i.'s at the club?

the parking garage has more facebook followers than my band (Jordan), Tuesday, 14 September 2010 20:02 (nine years ago) link

^^^was freaking out a little, sorry.

i got it figured out, called an old bandmate who's worked as a sound guy and ended up buying a small, cheap mixer + rca to 1/4" cables, and some normal 1/4" ones to go from the mixer to the club d.i.'s. i tried at home for proof of concept, works nicely.

the parking garage has more facebook followers than my band (Jordan), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 02:25 (nine years ago) link

eight years pass...

My Behringer Xenyx blew up about a year ago and I have not replaced it yet. Does anyone have recommendations for a 12-16 input mixer? It doesn’t have to be particularly flashy. I never bothered using the effects on the Behringer.

ShariVari, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 07:31 (five months ago) link

Amazon had a ridiculous discount on the Keith McMillen K-Mix which is eight-input but a substantial upgrade on my mixer and my audio interface. It is only about the size of a kindle and can apparently be run over by a car without incurring damage. Seems amazing so far.

ShariVari, Thursday, 4 July 2019 22:46 (five months ago) link

It has a name like a blender sold on late night TV but it looks awesome.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 4 July 2019 23:21 (five months ago) link

whats up with the sliders on that thing? are they really that uh colorful?

adam, Friday, 5 July 2019 00:29 (five months ago) link

It has a name like a blender sold on late night TV but it looks awesome.

Lol

Vini C. Riley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 5 July 2019 01:02 (five months ago) link

Ooh I'm jealous of the K-Mix, I'm still dealing with a crackly old Firepod

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 5 July 2019 20:25 (five months ago) link


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