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There are a few different types of mixers that could be considered “cheap” for a home studio. A basic analog mixer is going to be the most affordable option, and these can be found for around $100 or less.
If you’re looking for something with a bit more features, digital mixers are available for around $200. These will typically offer more inputs, effects, and routing options than an analog mixer.
20 Best Cheap Mixer For Home Studio
1. Allen & Heath ZEDi-10 Compact Hybrid Mixer/USB Interface
Excellent unit that’s never given me any issues. Rugged, great-sounding mixer with USB Interface. With excellent sound quality and a built-in 4 x 4 USB audio interface, the Allen & Heath ZEDi-10 is a smart mixer for small-format studio and stage applications.
Connect up to four microphones or line-level sources, or even two instruments without the need for DI boxes. Two additional stereo channels are available for synthesizers, drum machines, and other line-level sources.
Record and play back up to four channels of 24-bit/96kHz audio via USB without the need for a separate interface. Factor in its exceptional build quality, and the compact Allen & Heath ZEDi-10 mixer stands out in its class.
I bought this unit because I’m tired of having to switch mic cables, and only be able to use 2 at a time. For that, it works. I can record 4 separate mics, assigned to separate channels. Build quality is fine.
The preamps sound OK. certainly not as good as the RME Babyface (one of the first things I checked out of curiosity). The warmth some have reported is a. k. a. dullness or lacking air. It is however, pretty slight (listening on my Sennheiser HD800 open-back headphones).
It is not offensive and sure, I could say warmth if I was being nice. There is noise, and it’s a little gurgly. Not overt, but certainly more than the RME, which is a smooth sheen of noise when cranked.
Compared to the RME, the amount of gain is paltry. The RME at 60% is louder and fuller than the Allen and Heath at 90%. So the noise is higher in actual use. NOT horrible, but definitely noticeable. However the reason I’m returning this is that the EQ and yes, even the hi-pass filter switch is unusable.
That is to say, as I have it situated, on channels 1 & 2 (or specifically USB out 1,2), there is no way to activate EQ/hi pass to the outputs 1,2. So two channels of useless knobs (for my purposes). On channels 3/4 (or 1 and 2, if you prefer) one can send to USB output 3/4 with EQ and lo cut (high pass) if you route them one to FX and one to Aux.
However, in doing this the one to Aux can also be heard in the mix, which messed it up for overdubbing. There are no mutes or solos. No inserts. I know, I know. get what you pay for, etc. No, I wasn’t buying it specifically for the EQ, but it would have been nice to have from time to time, and certainly the high pass! Then the space they take up would have made some sense.
Well, in this case I would be paying for it for longer, as its form and footprint does not present any usefulness to me, thereby preventing me from using the space it is occupying in a more comfortable/useful manner.
I wish I had known this beforehand. Living in AK I don’t get free shipping. So this mistake will cost me over $50. What a waste.
Overall: After having owned much more expensive interfaces and mixers, I can’t believe how much this little guy can do. 4 input interface via USB, multiple monitoring options, hi-z inputs, etc. Not to mention excellent build quality and price.
Could not recommend this little unit highly enough.
I am not a sound expert, although I have some experience using various pieces of equipment. I wanted to improve the quality of a live event, mixing mics and guitar and simultaneously streaming the service over the internet.
This mixer gave me everything I needed and was easy to set up and use. It has capabilities I do not yet know fully but I can continue to use it and learn more as I go.
Mackie ProFXv3 Series mixers are the ultimate affordable solution for live, home recording, and content creators. Now with Onyx mic preamps that offer 60db of headroom, easy single-knob compression, and 24 built-in FX.
Record your tracks in 24-Bit/192kHz quality with 2×4 USB I/O and zero-latency hardware monitoring. Both ProTools First and Waveform OEM recording software/plugin packages are included.
Purchased this to donate to church facility. They had an old Mackie CFX12 12 channel mixer that had some channels that were not working. Also 12 channels were just not enough. This mixer takes us up to 22 channels so we don’t have to keep switching cables.
It has 3 Aux outputs instead of just 2 on the old one. This third Aux output was sorely needed. Setup and use were very easy. The users guide (a download from Mackie website) had adequate information and was easy to understand.
Sound quality is great. It connects to and handles all the instruments and vocal mics we are using without issue. There is a USB input/output channel with is especially great if you need mixer output to use for a stream.
We don’t use any of the FX but I did try them out during initial testing of the mixer and it works great. The only thing I wish it had is built in Bluetooth as an input channel so we can use other various devices for audio if needed.
But that is a minor thing since there are so many affordable good quality Bluetooth adapters available. Very, very happy and satisfied with this product.
Everything is in working condition. All faders, knobs, and buttons work smoothly. It can be used as a live mixer or as the centerpiece of your home studio to record up to 22 individual channels though USB into your DAW.
Lots of routing options with 5 aux sends, 4 groups, and the ability to mix down through the board and record your final mix using the EQs and effects back into your DAW as inputs 23-24. There is cosmetic damage in one corner where a piece of plastic is slightly lifted (shown in the picture).
This does not affect functionality and is only cosmetic. Comes with original box and power cord.
I needed a small/mid-sized mixer and this one has a LOT of features at a great price. I’m really happy with the sound – and with the multitrack USB interface I can now offer easy multitrack live recording options to clients.
I do wish it had channel inserts on the mono channels, but with the built-in effects you are probably covered for 95% of what you’d need the insert for. It would be nice if they could add a tap-tempo feature to the effects.
EQ is very useful. The way the last two sends can be effects sends AND still have a hardware output at the same time is also very welcome. LOTS of bang for your buck in this one and one person can move it around!.
I have been recording in Garage Band with excellent results for years. I mix from GB in stereo using a 2 track USB board. I have also used all in one recorders including a Boss BR1600CD and Roland VS1880 extensively.
I bought Logic Pro X a while ago but thought it was needlessly complicated. I stuck with GB. I recently learned about the Soundcraft Signature mtk mixers and decided to buy the 22 track version since some of my GB songs used as many tracks.
The 14 channel version would not be enough. This would also allow me to accommodate whole group recording instead of being limited to one instrument at a time. The 22mtk is the least expensive board in this class, by far.
I should say that I have also owned a Presonus 16. 0. 2, which some say can do similar work but I hated the digital interface which required paging through to find the proper screen to route signals.
16 track recording and playback was never apparent with the Presonus without additional hardware. The Personus screen would freeze when looking to accomplished the simplest task. I couldn’t sell it fast enough.
Enter Soundcraft and its very analogue interface. It’s amazing that instead of running 22 XLR cables from the board to the MacBook Pro (in place of let’s say a 2″ tape machine), the mtk does it with one USB cable.
I look forward to updating this review as I become more fluent with use of the 22mtk and Logic. That said, this setup is still frustratingly complicated, which I attribute to Logic. The 22mtk will work with other DAW software, like Protools and Ableton.
In fact, it comes with a downloadable Lite verson of Ableton but I am determined to figure out Logic since some of its features are really quite elegant. Until then, the sales materials and videos for the Soundcraft line are abysmal.
YouTube training videos are nonexistent and the online recording manual is woefully limited and out of date. I will check back as I learn more.
Ok, I fell in love with this bad boy and recorded my sessions, but, after a while you start getting hisses that you will need to shut down and restart again, I’ve never had issues recording until I started using this board.
Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s a really nice board and I really do like it, but, I have to finish my last two payments and jump on another board for my home studio. I had a great run but have had enough restarting my Mac, pro tools and of course the board.
I have this same one 22MTK but I need to find something else like Presonus or something.
Thanks to its legendary onboard X32 mix engine, the X32 PRODUCER can be your top-notch studio recording interface today, control a complex theater production tomorrow, or sit securely in your side-rack while you mix your band’s club gig from your iPad.
A revolution in its own right, the incredible X32 PRODUCER combines the finest analog I/O and powerful digital connectivity with ample processing for 40 channels, 25 buses and up to 152 signal sources.
You can easily control every parameter of the mix directly on the X32 PRODUCER using the 800 x 480 graphic UI, but the awesome flexibility of networked remote control literally opens up an amazing world of possibilities.
Use X32-EDIT PC/Mac/Linux application, X32-MIX for iPad, X32-Q for iPhone/iPod touch and X32-Q for Android to control the mix from anywhere in the room. You can even run multiple instances of these powerful apps at the same time, giving your performers the ability to mix their own personal monitors on-the-fly! With its 16 MIDAS-design mic preamps and dual AES50 ports, the X32 PRODUCER can support up to six S16 digital stage boxes for massive I/O connectivity.
Ultra-flexible routing options and 8 powerful stereo FX engines make the X32 PRODUCER the ideal choice for handling audio now – and as your needs grow.
MIDI control capability, built-in channel compressors, built-in LCD display, remote control via smartphone, USB flash drive recording, Ethernet interface
Mic Channels Connector
6 mono / 1 stereo
Line Channels Connector
RCA x 2, phone 6.3 mm
Monitor Out, 6x channel inserts, 4x EFX Return
16 x balanced audio input (XLR) – rear 6 x audio line-in (phone mono 6.3 mm) 1 x audio line-in (RCA x 2) 8 x balanced audio output (XLR) – rear 6 x audio line-out (phone mono 6.3 mm) – rear 1 x audio line-out (RCA x 2) – rear 1 x microphone (XLR) – rear 1 x monitor output (phone stereo 6.3 mm x 2) – rear 1 x MIDI input (5 pin DIN) 1 x MIDI output (5 pin DIN) – rear 1 x LAN (RJ-45) – rear 2 x USB 2.0 (4 pin USB Type B) – rear 2 x AES/EBU input (RJ-45) – rear 1 x USB (4 pin USB Type A) – top 1 x headphones (phone 6.3 mm) – front
AC 120/230 V
Dimensions & Weight
Reviews From Real Customers
There are two big factors when considering this mixer. 1. Weight (30 lbs) and 2. Learning how to use it. Compared to other digital mixers (I have used the XR18, QSC Touchmix, Mackie DL1608), this one is the most comprehensive, but also the most tactile.
Each control makes sense once you understand it. The expansion using digital snakes instantly doubles your capabilities and every input and output is fully customizable. Yeah. it is hard to mix while playing and singing, but once you have it dialed in your sound will be epic.
Alesis’ MultiMix 8 USB FX—with built-in effects—doubles as a computer recording interface, so you can mix, record, or do both at the same time. Whether you’re mixing a band or sub-mixing a group of inputs, such as a drumset, the MultiMix 8 USB FX is easy to use, rugged, and packed with features.
The MultiMix 8 USB FX delivers clean audio to your PA or recording system plus hassle-free computer connection. It offers microphone inputs with phantom power, guitar-direct inputs, and line-level inputs for connecting everything else.
The mixer comes with a wide range of effects, and includes the Cubase LE music production system software to get you started. This compact mixer features four XLR inputs with independent gain pots on channels one through four.
These XLR inputs also have a switchable phantom power option to accommodate both dynamic and condenser microphones. TRS Line inputs are also available on all eight channels of MultiMix 8 USB FX. New to the MultiMix 8 USB FX is a high-impedance input on channel two, which allows direct connection of a guitar or bass; this is a great convenience for singer/songwriters looking to get a clean, “hot” signal.
A Tape RCA stereo input is also included adding the ability to mix in audio from other sources such as a CD or LP player. MultiMix 8 USB FX includes an internal effects processor to quickly and easily add new colors to your mix.
Reverb, Delay or Phaser can be dialed up simply by adjusting the pre or post fader knobs located within each channel strip. MultiMix 8 USB FX also contains Aux Out and stereo Returns, as well as, Insert jacks on channels one and two to allow for audio to be processed by external effects engines.
MultiMix 8 USB FX gives you an impressive amount of routing options in such a compact size. Like the other mixers in Alesis’ MultiMix USB series, including the MultiMix 4 USB and MultiMix 6 USB, the MultiMix 8 USB FX contains a complete USB recording interface.
A highly-recommended and very capable and versatile mixer for live recording. Four mike inputs are good for most basic sets and the other four are paired as stereo inputs at line level. Very nice equalization on each channel and a parametric mid-range control on two mike inputs for nice tailoring.
Audibly quiet and clean operation through microphone inputs. The capability to record from an internal A/D converter to a class-compliant USB port is a great advantage over other small mixers in this price range.
The signal to noise ratio from the A/D is not as good a 16 bit depth would allow (96 dB) but is more than adequate for microphone recording. A sample rate of 48 kHz is available for video production and my version supported 24-bit depth, which is highly preferred for mastering.
The on-board sound processing (“FX”) provides a dozen nice effects that can be added separately to inputs before mixing to the main bus. This section runs in 24-bits, so it sounds quite smooth and quiet.
The steps on the selection knob is pretty hard to read–a flashlight is needed to make sure the proper effects mode is selected. The LED level indicator is peak reading but has only 5 levels. However, the 0 dB level is 18 dB below overload, so there is adequate headroom while watching the indications on live audio.
I bought the Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX as an audio interface for both recording and hands free conference calls. It did exactly what I wanted with good features and minor annoyances. The independent monitor, main, and headphone volume controls are key for my setup.
Main goes to USB, Monitor goes to my studio Monitors. Headphones for monitors if I shut my speakers off. The unit is very sensitive to the USB cable quality and length. If the quality is low or the cable is too long, you can get a 1KHz whine in the system that isn’t affected by the volume controls.
A good quality USB cable 3 ft minimized the whine. The USB cable that came with the unit resulted in a huge whine that changed as I flexed the cable at the connector. The Styrofoam packaging that the mixer comes in has side pockets that are too deep.
The Styrofoam slides over the unit until it hits the channel 1 volume knob on one side and the Master volume knob on the other instead of bottoming out on the sides of the mixer. There was a good dent in the Styrofoam near the channel 1 knob and the volume control was intermittent, so I had to send the unit back for replacement.
:(. I’m looking forward to getting a working unit back in my system.
I just needed a four mic input desk for remote rehearsal. This thing is totally fine for that. I wouldn’t expect it to have that warm musical feel of a more high-end board. It is what I bargained for and therefore am completely happy with my purchase.
Perfect for both live and recording, the powerful Model 24 is a versatile hybrid mixer with recording and USB interface capabilities. The intuitive lay out of controls provides a fluid workflow and functionality similar to legendary TASCAM Portastudio.
The Model 24 is a full-featured 22-channel professional mixer, a 24-track internal digital recorder and a 22 x 24 USB audio interface.
Que dire à part que cette petit console de studio est absolument fantastique. C’est un véritable couteau suisse qui plus est, un des plus affuté du tiroir. J’avais besoin d’une console dans mon studio pour brancher mes platines dj, quelques machines , micros et également pouvoir écouter le son de mon ordi pour la prod ou le son des pages web et surtout changer ma vielle carte son obsolète; C’est chose faite le tout relié simplement par un usb c sur mon Mac sous Big sur.
Elle remplie toutes ses fonctions et bien plus encore, je n’ai toujours pas fait le tour de toute ses possibilités. Les pré amps sont bons, ça ne souffle pas, c’est une machine ultra complète je me demande comment il est possible de s’en passer c’est un indispensable dans votre home studio.
Oubliez direct les équivalents chez Yamaha, et encore moins chez Soundcraft et rajoutez une petite centaine d’euros pour avoir une console bien plus fiable.
Excellent rapport qualité prix pour cette table aux multiples intérêts : – sonorisation live/gestion des retours et monitoring. – Enregistreur analogique live direct sur carte sd (avec possibilité de retravailler chaque piste à posteriori).
– Carte son efficace pour piloter mon Daw. Un vrai couteau suisse très convaincant au niveau son, y compris pour la batterie. Très bonne qualité de fabrication pour un excellent rapport qualité prix dans la catégorie.
The highly flexible Tascam Model 16 is a powerful, versatile, hybrid mixer/recorder/audio interface for both live and recording applications well suited for bands, studios, conferences, podcasts, houses of worship, and more.
The full-featured, space-saving mixer offers 14 input channels including 10 HDDA microphone preamps with phantom power, two 1/4″ Hi-Z jacks, eight balanced 1/4″ mono line inputs, and two balanced 1/4″ stereo line inputs.
Additionally, the last stereo input can accept signals from a variety of sources including Bluetooth, USB, RCA, or a 3. 5mm stereo mini jack. There is single-knob compression available on the first eight channels, while three auxiliary sends provide signal routing to a dedicated monitor and to one of 16 onboard multi-FX presets.
The main and sub stereo buses offer simple grouping as well as a selectable and assignable 4-band semi-parametric EQ for fine tuning your mix. The Model 16 offers 15 faders, with 60mm of throw for quick and immediate mixing moves.
Each channel may be assigned to receive audio from the live inputs, the internal multitrack recorder, or the USB 2. 0 audio interface, allowing for versatility in any environment. The integrated 16-track recorder takes its cue from Tascam’s Portastudio line, offering multitrack recording with the ability to record the 14 input channels plus the main mix to an SD card as well as multichannel playback for advanced live performance backing or mixing.
What’s more, the simple interface allows you to overdub and punch in/out without extensive menu diving. Additionally, the Model 16 features a built-in 16×14 USB 2. 0 audio interface (up to 24-bit / 48 kHz resolution) for DAW-based recording and playback.
This is a great unit for home recording. It is very straightforward to use – I got my head around it quite quickly. POSITIVES I’ve had it about 5 weeks and have experimented with most of the things it can do: multitrack recorder, audio interface, DAW controller.
It does all these jobs reasonably well, especially the multitrack recording. The audio quality seems to be excellent. RECORDING ALONE. I have noticed that when recording alone using the Tascam I just get on with multitracking – I don’t get side tracked with trying to edit the part as I go, which is what happens when I record to the computer – or even when I record to other multitrackers, if they have extensive editing facilities.
RECORDING MY 3-PIECE BAND. This is very straightforward with the Model 12. You just set the levels and off you go. If you have to play, sing and engineer like I do – this simplicity is a gift. We use a drum machine and this is where the Model 12 excels, because it can send MIDI sync which starts/stops the drum machine and keeps it dead in sync with the timing of the track.
This is hugely helpful because drum machines can wander off-time slightly over the course of a song (just like real drummers). This tempo drift is a real nuisance if you want to transfer tracks to a DAW – especially if you want to substitute the drum track or use the quantise function to nudge performances onto the beat.
With MIDI sync tempo drift is now a thing of the past! I am still using my computer/DAW to polish songs – edit out mistakes, pitch correct, etc and at those times having the Model 12’s facility to act a USB audio interface is great.
The Model 12’s ability to receive a Bluetooth audio signal is also handy – mostly I use it as the audio output from the computer for non-recording audio – Spotify, You Tube etc. NOT SO POSITIVE The description for this item says it is a 10 channel analogue mixer BUT it isn’t! As is generally recognised across the internet: it is a digital mixer.
For me, this makes no difference whatsoever, I still like it. Headphone monitoring surprised me at first. I was recording acoustic guitar through a mic so I wanted to mute my speakers and monitor on headphones (so the speaker sound could not spill back into the mic).
But when I muted the Main Mix bus, to mute the speakers, it also muted the headphones. Fortunately the Model 12 has routing options to deal with the problem – but it could have been so much simpler if you could mute the Main Mix output while leaving the Main Mix audible on the headphones.
These are minor gripes – I have wide-ranging experience of home recording devices, over many years (tape, anyone?), and this is one of the best.
One definition for power is “potential energy. ” This console has a magnificent potential to make electrons flow in various directions for such an affordable box. I would love to detail the controls for readers, but I feel confident that if you are researching this particular product, then you already know the controls and I will not insult your skill level.
However, I would say, “Spend the little extra and get the 100 mm faders!” The sensitivity is far, far greater than 60 mm. The manual for the 24 is simple and operation of the board is intuitive. I was an electronics technician for years, so I am one of those geeks who like to read manuals! Who the heck wants to read the news? My first connections were simple.
I connected up my Alesis Nitro drum kit, which I purchased along with the Tascam, to the board and plugged in a pair of shelf monitors. A few minutes were spent playing the drums through the board while adjusting the overall volume levels of each component of the kit, as monitored through the speakers, until I was happy with the mix.
Next, the 24 was paired with my phone via Bluetooth: Easy, peazy! I play at church and we get the weekly song index through the Services APP. Within minutes of unwrapping the 24, I was rehearsing along with the list of mp3s playing from my phone.
My wife plays keys at church, so, next, she was connected up. What a great way to get familiar with a new song! After some familiarity by playing with a new song, we dropped the mp3 and added the 24’s internal click track as we do play alongside a metronome live in service.
So, after two rehearsals, we felt like professionals and pressed on to take a turn at recording. The wife is a soprano with a voice degree and all that yadda, yadda, yadda, experience, and her range can be tough to capture.
We played around with slight compression, and other effects, while capturing her voice in dynamic ranges and WOW! The 24 works well. The compression gave her voice that full and even sound that it should.
Other features of the board are easy to operate, ie. , punch in, loading tracks, etc. We really look forward to expanding the number of ways to use this console, one of which, is to track a few original songs and experiment with creativity on our awesome new Tascam 24.
I am not an audio novice. I used this mixer for a couple of months before I wrote this review to be as fair as possible. For all of its quality build and features, it is unfortunately unnecessarily overcomplicated.
It is the most user unfriendly, unintuitive piece of technology I have experienced since Lotus-123. I recommend when opening the box to remove the manual and set it on fire, that will be the most use you get out of it.
As far as Tascam product support – yeah-no. Better off looking for online videos. Not only does it help to be a sound engineer, but you also need to know the Tascam “language”. Bottom line they tried to do too much in one box.
This board was primarily designed as an interface for DAW,MIDI,USB and other add on equipment. As a basic home multitrack recorder, not so much. Too many shortcomings to mention. If you have the time and patience, you can eventually figure out through hours of frustrating trial and error, how to do simple recordings.
I believe as more companies put out multitrack recorders that record directly to an SD card, this model will become obsolete.
Looking for a mixer that makes your life easier when you’re gigging? The Mackie ProFX16v3 16-channel USB mixer can do that and much, much more. The ProFX16v3 provides you with great sound and features found in larger mixers while remaining portable.
This mixer is equipped with 11 Onyx preamps that provide top-notch sound for your keyboard, mics, and guitars. Once you’re ready to go, you can use the onboard GigFX to add that little something extra to your mix.
No matter if you’re onstage or in your studio, the Mackie ProFX16v3 will always give you amazing audio quality.
Tascam Model 16 Analogue Mixer with Digital Recorder
14-Channel Analogue Mixer With 16-Track Digital Recorder
Combining the effortless workflow of digital with the amazing sound of analog; the Tascam Model 16 14-Channel Mixer with 16-Track Digital Recorder is an all-in-one mixer that brings Tascam’s powerful recording technology and deep mixing features and puts into a compact form.
It is ideal for a range of applications. Use it in your rehearsal space, and record ideas when something fits. Or use it for small-format live performance, recording, or in your studio production environment.
It’s ideal for the tour too, easy to transport and robust. So you can be certain it will withstand the rigours of the road. If you care about great sound but need to be savvy with your space – then Tascam Model 16 14-Channel Mixer with 16-Track Digital Recorder is the ideal mixer for you.
I love this mixer. It has been brilliant to work with and I hate to get rid of it but I’ve upgraded to an even larger console and it’s time to find this Soundcraft Signature 22 MTK a new home. Mint condition.
It’s lived in a custom wood surround since purchase and has never been moved from my studio. It’s only flaw is that channel 21/22 cuts in/out if you wiggle the fader left/right. Normally not a problem as faders are supposed to slide up/down (lol).
Used on maybe 3 projects, the console has very low usage time. The Ghost mic pres are beautiful (so nice that it made me want to buy a Ghost console). If picking up locally, it’s your!.
Premium ultra-low noise, high headroom analog mixer. 2 state-of-the-art Xenyx Mic Preamps comparable to stand-alone boutique preamps. Neo-classic “British” 3-band EQs for warm and musical sound. 1 post fader FX send per channel for external FX devices.
1 stereo aux return for FX applications or as separate stereo input. Main mix outputs plus separate control room, phones and stereo CD/tape outputs. CD/tape inputs assignable to main mix or control room/phones outputs.
High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life. Conceived and designed by Behringer Germany.
This is a replacement for an 802 that I bought new from Guitar Center six years ago. That’s why I had the exact power supply on hand. One channel went bad and the new units are nearly double the price now.
Six years out of a low end mixer is a good value to me. It lives on an end table and has never left the house so I can’t say if it’s road worthy or not. Used mainly as a headphone amp, I have the PC, a TV and a Stratocaster all running into it.
There are additional stereo inputs for a keyboard and an effects loop that can be used as yet another input. The output is routed into my Altec PC speakers so I can watch football and practice guitar at volume when she’s not home.
Otherwise I use the headphones. Everything is hardwired, no repatching or plugging needed.
The GOOD: well built steel case, rugged unit, good mic preamps, 4 sets of British EQs, doesn’t take up much space in your gig bag or performance area. The BAD: Behringer is infamous for power supplies burning out in 12 to 18 months time and for me always in the middle of a gig.
Because of the ridiculous pin connection to the unit, no other manufacturer sells a power supply that is compatible. Do yourself a favor and just order a replacement now as they aren’t too expensive.
Next, the bottom gain controls are NOT supported by the case but merely the circuit board inside. Over time they will bend, get static, cut in and out and make that channel useless. I keep switching input channels until there are no good ones left.
Conclusion: I bother with these known shortcomings as the price point is excellent and the unit does a great job with vocals and background music for my small bar trivia events. After going through 2 or 3 power supplies, the unit has a lifespan of about 3 to 4 years with weekly use.
This unit really muffled the sound of the speakers when I FINALLY found a way to hook them up. I wanted to use it for the received signals from my ham radio equipment and filter some unwanted tones, but when I transmitted, it also made nasty feedback sounds.
I’m not a sound engineer but I have been playing with related projects for 40 years. The setup looked pretty easy until the connections were made and didn’t work. I could never get both sides of my headphones to play at the same time, either.
The Signature 22 is a high-performance 22-input small format analogue mixers with onboard effects. It features smooth, premium-quality faders with GB Series audio routing with flexible pre/post switching on each Aus and subgroups with powerful routing and switching options as well as dedicated outputs.
The console is built using tour-grade robust metal construction and top-quality components and have an internal universal power supply. All Soundcraft Signature Series consoles incorporate Soundcraft’s iconic Ghost mic preamps, directly drawn from the company’s top-of-the-line professional consoles, to deliver extraordinary audio quality with high headroom, wide dynamic range and exceptional resolution and clarity with a superb signal to noise ratio.
They employ Soundcraft’s Sapphyre Assymetric EQ for perfectly equalizing every vocal and instrumental element in a mix with the unmistakable musicality inherent in every Soundcraft console, plus the GB Series audio routing technology famous in thousands of live venues worldwide.
They all include a wide variety of built-in Lexicon studio-grade reverb, chorus, modulation and other effects and dbx limiters on the input channels. The consoles offer XLR and switchable Hi-Z inputs that enable guitars, basses and other instruments to be directly connected.
All the consoles come with a 2-in/2-out USB interface. Accompanying the consoles are free downloads of the Lexicon MPX-L native plug-in and Ableton Live 9 Lite. In addition, the consoles feature smooth, premium-quality faders with GB Series audio routing with flexible pre/post switching on each Aux and subgroups with powerful routing and switching options as well as dedicated outputs.
The Signature Series are built using tour-grade robust metal construction and top-quality components and have an internal universal power supply.
The Soundcraft Signature 12 MTK is a great mixer for two different purposes (or one combined purpose). It is superb 12 channel (8 XLR Mic, 2 stereo) mixer for live bands – or live anything. Each channel strip has great EQ controls, 3 sends and group and main outputs.
But, each channel strip also is an AD/DA converter, or front end to your DAW. Or, simultaneously mixing live and recording all channels into a digital recorder or laptop with DAW. And, each send has the option of pre or post – giving this mixer undue flexibility for a 12 channel mixer.
Overall, in ease of use, being visually obvious what’s what, and with multiple output options (use Group and send specific channels, or all) this mixer fills multiple requirements in an easy and excellent-sounding manner.
I should point out that it is rugged enough that it can be your “go to” remote mixer for any and all jobs. A high-reliability and remarkably well priced modern version of classic British engineering.
Soundcraft Signature 12 MTK system is pretty neat! Just like most people looking at this machine, I have some experience with MTK systems, and I liked the price point and Lexicon on-board effects. When I connected it I did not know that it does not store data on board.
You will need a computer to master / mix-down and granular control of tracks. Soundcraft has their own software, but I used a different one on my DAW and I LOVE this configuration. Only issue I am running into (and pretty sure it’s a “Me” problem) is the AUX sound going out is pretty low.
Other than that, this is a serviceable unit and I am happy with my purchase.
Built by musicians, for musicians. StudioLive AR12 USB 14-channel hybrid mixers make it simple to mix and record live shows, studio productions, band rehearsals, podcasts, and much more. This is a musician’s mixer: lightweight, versatile, feature-rich, and packed with analog connections and digital tools, yet easy to learn and use.
Mix with PreSonus’ famous Class A preamps and three-band EQ. Create multitrack recordings and fly in backing tracks with a 24-bit, 96 kHz, USB 2. 0 digital audio interface. Record and playback in stereo with the integrated SD digital recorder.
Stream program music wirelessly, using onboard Bluetooth. Compact and road-ready, StudioLive AR mixers provide a superior all-in-one solution for mixing and recording your performances. All of the connections and controls you need.
Yamaha AG03 The Yamaha AG03 multipurpose 3-channel PA mixer is the perfect compact audio mixing solution for your acoustic sets and podcasting. With an integrated USB interface, the AG03 lets you transform your PC, Mac or even your iPad into a virtual radio station and spread your message to the world.
With a surprisingly easy setup process, the AG lets you produce online content with high-resolution sound, either for real-time broadcast over digital streaming platforms such as USTREAM or YOUTUBE LIVE, or producing on-demand podcasts and videos.
Your AG will elevate your production value considerably with background music, sound effects, and a level of sound quality that can’t be matched with a conventional computer/headset configuration. LOOPBACK function for internet live streaming The LOOPBACK function enables live broadcasting of all the microphones, instruments and other audio sources along with background music from your PC / Mac or iPad.
Flexible connectivity AG comes equipped with an input featuring phantom power as well as a headset input, giving you the option to use a professional condenser mic, or conventional computer headset. 1-TOUCH DSP offers professional sound with a single touch 1-TOUCH COMP / EQ can add clarity and focus to your sound with the simple click of a button.
Just like an authentic radio broadcast, you can add reverb with the 1-TOUCH EFFECT or sound effects from an external device at will. AG DSP Controller allows additional control of DSP settings With the multi-platform AG DSP Controller software app you can access, and edit the compressor, EQ, high-pass filter, reverb, and amp simulator parameters of your 1-TOUCH DSP.
EASY mode gives you precise, intuitive control, while EXPERT mode allows you more detailed adjustment of your parameters.
Microsoft Windows 7 or later, Apple MacOS X 10.7 or later
Reviews From Real Customers
Yamaha AG03 review for Adorama: I use the AG03 to podcast on the go connecting it to my iPad and even to capture my audio for my Sony A7iii recordings while feeding the audio directly into my camera and it works great! You?ll get nice clean sound with the ability to use effects and other useful options.
I would highly recommend grabbing one while they?re in stock. This device was sold out everywhere after the pandemic first hit for months and prices were double what they retail on sites where you can buy from private sellers which was one of the only places to find one, though they were coming all the way from Japan.
Compact all-in-one integrated mixer designed for music and multimedia creators, songwriters and performers. Features include TASCAMs critically acclaimed multi-track recorder, USB audio/MIDI interface, DAW control functions, and unique podcasting capability including mix-minus and smartphone inputs.
The Model 12 supports your creative process, production, and workflow from start to finish including podcasting. Output Delay for Synchronized Audio/Video Streaming The output delay creates stable sync between streamed audio and video for all networks and video systems.
The easy set-up enables dual Audio Delay for both the USB and Main outputs (Main output can be selected On/Off). In addition, you can monitor the output delay signal by headphones if you choose Main output On.
The Model 12s intuitive internal 12-track recorder records WAV files of up to 24-bit/48 kHz audio quality directly to an SD card, with 10-track playback. Supporting metronome, punch-in/out, and overdubbing functions, the internal recorder also allows WAV files to be imported directly into a DAW for further editing or production.
12 in / 10 Out USB Audio Interface for DAW Connectivity An onboard USB Type-C connector facilitates connecting a computer to the Model 12 for playback and recording utilizing a wide range of popular DAWs.
Click Output with TAP TEMPO A dedicated click output with TAP TEMPO allows the tempo to be monitored in both live or recording environments. This allows live performers to play with tracks using the built-in multi-track engine or music creators to monitor the tempo when recording.
Package Includes: (1) Mackie ProFX16v3 16-Channel 4-Bus Professional Effects Mixer w/USB ProFX16 v3, (1) Rockville RWM72U Dual UHF Wireless Handheld Microphone System Digital Display. Features of ProFX16v3: Mackie ProFX16v3 16-Channel 4-Bus Professional Effects Mixer w/USB ProFX16 v3, 16 Channel 4-Bus Professional Effects Mixer with USB, Better Preamps, New and Improved Digital FX, Higher Resolution Recording w/ 2×4 USB I/O, Single Knob Compressors on most mixers, Includes Pro Tools First, 23 Pro Tools plug-ins, Waveform.
OEM DAW and DAW Essentials Collection of 16 FX plugins for use with any DAW, Onyx mic preamps offer 60db of gain, Single-knob compression per channel, 24 built-in FX (including 8 new ones), 24-Bit/192kHz recording with 2×4 USB I/O, Zero-latency hardware monitoring.
Features of RWM72U: Rockville RWM72U Dual UHF Wireless Handheld Microphone System Digital Display, High performance and long range, Includes microphone receiver and (2) handheld microphones, High sensitivity cartridge, Unidirectional, wireless cardioid polar pattern, Dual filter design to limit feedback and interference, Durable composite microphone construction with our signature comfortable rubbery coating, Color coded microphones.
LCD display, Low power consumption for longer battery life, Latest UHF digital technology is controlled by a central microchip to ensure stable voice quality, (2) Individual XLR outputs if you want to control each mic mix separately, Mixed ¼” TRS output to control both mics through one channel on your mixer, Individual microphone volume controls, 110/220 volt auto-switching power supply for worldwide use.
Description of ProFX16v3: Mackie ProFXv3 Series mixers are the ultimate compact and affordable solution for live audio, home recording, and modern content creation needs. The price is reasonable, but the performance is what puts these mics on another level.
There were a few goals when developing this product. P Sensitivity: Isn’t it frustrating when buying a microphone that when you sing or talk, the mic needs to practically be in your mouth? Reliability is something you will never have to worry about.
Our mics have a 10-hour battery life! P Flexible Outputs: Each microphone has individual volume controls. The RWM72U also has a mix output if you want to connect to a single channel of a mixer where you would control the mic mix.
There are also individual outputs so you can plug Mic A into one mixer channel and mic B into another mixer channel in case you want to have 2 different sound mixes on each mic.
Find your audience. Find your voice. The words you speak. The songs you sing. Your influences, opinions, and passions take shape in the creations that ultimately become your voice. When inspiration hits and you’re ready to connect with an audience, whether it’s your closest friends or a global network of fans that you haven’t even met, you want to be sure that your voice, amongst so many others, is heard.
Transform your PC, Mac or even your iPad into a virtual radio station and spread your message to the world. With a surprisingly easy setup process, the AG lets you produce online content with high-resolution sound, either for real-time broadcast over digital streaming platforms such as USTREAM or YOUTUBE LIVE, or producing on-demand podcasts and videos.
Your AG will elevate your production value considerably with background music, sound effects, and a level of sound quality that can’t be matched with a conventional computer / headset configuration.
Soundcraft Signature 12 MultiTrack System The Soundcraft Signature 12MTK incorporate Soundcraft s iconic Ghost mic preamps, directly drawn from the company s top-of-the-line professional consoles, to deliver extraordinary audio quality with high headroom, wide dynamic range and exceptional resolution and clarity with a superb signal to noise ratio.
They employ Soundcraft s Sapphyre Assymetric EQ for perfectly equalizing every vocal and instrumental element in a mix with the unmistakable musicality inherent in every Soundcraft console, plus the GB Series audio routing technology famous in thousands of live venues worldwide.
The Ableton Live 10 Lite software is an included download with all Signature MTK consoles. Feed your creativity with this fast, flexible sequencing and workstation. From built-in instruments, sounds and effects to recording and mixing features, Live 10 Lite gives you everything you need to create, produce and perform.
Package Includes:(1) PRESONUS StudioLive SLM AR12C 12 Channel Mixer 14 Input USB Recording Interface(1) Rockville SX810 8 Channel 10 Foot XLR Snake (Female to Male)(1) Rockville RXS20 Portable Mixer Stand – Adjustable Height and Width! (1) Rockville PRO-M50 Studio Headphones w/ Detachable Coil Cable, Case+Extra Ear Pad(1) Rockville RCM03 Pro Studio Recording Condenser Microphone Mic+Metal Shock Mount – Description:Audio recording made easy.
– Dont let the classic analog mixer design fool youthe StudioLive AR12c was built to record. With a pristine analog front-end, eight high-gain XMAX mic preamps, and a 14×4 24-bit, 96 k – Hz, USB-C compatible USB 2.
0 audio interface, its hybrid design makes it simple to record studio productions and mix live shows from a single, intuitive console. Add in a musical 3-band analog EQ, mic/line boost for low-level vintage synths and broadcast microphones, all-new digital effects with rich reverbs and lush delays, Bluetooth connectivity, and a stereo SD recorder.
and you have a mixing and recording powerhouse that fulfills the needs of both modern musicians and content creators. – A full-featured audio interface. – The StudioLive AR12c audio interface operates at up to 96 k – Hz for high-definition mixing and recording.
Record each of the 12 inputs, plus the main mix for even more flexible recording options. Play back up to four streams for monitoring previously recorded tracksplus a click. Eight lauded XMAX mic preamps provide all the gain you need to capture even the most subtle details without adding any extra noise.
The analog mixer front-end makes connecting your gear to your computer intuitive, and creating monitor mixes is quick and easy. With a USB-C compatible connection, your StudioLive AR12c is ready to use as an audio interface for nearly any computer.
– The channel that does it all even Bluetooth connectivity! The unique Super Channel can handle four stereo sources at once, making it easy to integrate consumer devices into your studio workflow. Connect a turntable to the RCA inputs, use the -inch stereo input to plug-in your smartphone, or forget the cable and connect it via Bluetooth wireless technology.
You can also toggle between a stereo playback stream from your computer and playback from the onboard SD recorder, making rehearsal a snap. – A complete recording solution for studio and stage. – The StudioLive AR12c audio interface and analog mixer is tightly integrated with state-of-the-art recording software to help you realize your creative vision.
Record multitrack live performances with one click thanks to PreSonus Capture live-recording software. Create complete studio productions with our award-winning Studio One Artist DAW. With two professional recording applications included with your StudioLive AR12c, youre ready to record right out of the box.
– Stereo recording without a computer. – Imagine youre rehearsing with your band and want to record your session to analyze later. Or perhaps youre in the middle of a songwriting session and want to capture your ideas as quickly as they come to you.
Either way, the StudioLive AR12cs stereo SD recorder has you covered. Insert any SD/SDHC card and youre ready to record your main mix to listen to later, so youll never forget a great song idea or an amazing guitar solo.
Doing mobile interviews for your podcast? Leave the computer at home and record straight to SD. Effects without latency. – Monitoring with reverb and delay helps to create better recordings. Any vocalist or guitarist will tell you that a little reverb makes them feel more comfortable while performing.
The StudioLive AR12c mixers onboard effects processor lets you add high-quality reverb, delay, or chorus to any channel for a professional monitor mix. Like what you hear in your headphones? Record the Main Mix and capture the effects mix, toowith or without the dry channelsto blend with your multitrack recording.
Experiment in post-production to your heart’s content. – All the connections you need with a familiar look. – Packed with all the connections and controls needed t.
There are a few things to consider when purchasing a cheap mixer for home studio use. The first is the quality of the mixer. There are many mixers on the market that are cheaply made and will not last long.
It is important to find a mixer that is well made and will withstand heavy use. The second thing to consider is the number of channels the mixer has. A mixer with more channels will allow for more flexibility when mixing.
The third thing to consider is the price. Mixers can range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. It is important to find a mixer that is within your budget. The fourth thing to consider is the warranty.
Many mixers come with a limited warranty. It is important to find a mixer that has a good warranty in case it needs to be replaced.