“ DJ Equipment / Mixers „
I'll be honest here, it's actually my husband rather than I who owns this piece of equipment, but that hasn't stopped me having experience of using it both when testing things out at home, and when I've been along to gigs with him and helped with the set up.
This was bought second hand for a little under £80, primarily to be used with a karaoke set up. The idea being that it was small enough to be easily portable, but had enough features to make it worthwhile having. New they cost from £120-£250 depending on which version you get.
Although this says it's an Eight Channel Mixer, it actually has four mic channels, plus two stereo channels, all of which have three band EQ on them, and a built in effects unit which can be used across all channels. Effects include all the standards such as a lots of different reverbs, chorus effects, delay etc. plus a few less common such as flanger and various multi-effects (where you get reverb + delay for example as one effect).
As a general rule, it's mostly the reverbs that get a lot of use on our mixer because there are very few people (professionals included) who have voices that sound great without any effects on them at all. So when you run a karaoke it's nice to be able to give a little something to the vocals and help people sound their best (where possible obviously!).
As far as usability goes, this is not a bad little piece of equipment. For the most part it is well designed and does what it needs to do. There are two areas which can be a bit of a pain however. The first is that like with a lot of these smaller table top mixers, this has an external power supply. This one is a not as user friendly as some as it uses Alexis own three pin plug. This is a annoying because you can't just replace it with another easily, which means if the power supply goes down when you're doing a gig or something you're basically screwed - unless you carry a spare specifically for this! The second area which can be a tad problematic is that the patch bay is quite tight so if you have large jacks it can be a bit awkward to get them all to fit side by side. They will go in, but there's just not a busting lot of room for some of the clip ones or the big bodied neutriks for example.
There are about seven or eight different versions of this same mixer now so it's worth noting that the one we have is USB, however you can also get Firewire versions as well. The USB connection means that this can be connected directly to a computer for use when recording and although we've not done much of this, knowing that it was useable this way was another reason for buying it.
Overall, we're pretty pleased with this as it does everything we want it to do and has proved itself very reliable. It would be nice if they'd allowed a tad more space on the patch bay, and it could be lighter considering its size, but these are things we figure are worth living with considering the features it has that we do like.
I used to have the USB version, but for the money, it didnt provide enough for me!!! I soon after upgraded to the firewire version which was much better. The USB version is a basic mixer layout, with gain, EQ, 2 aux sends (although one has to be used for FX if you use them) and pan. The 100 built in effects are a good feature and do help. The USB connection allows the mixer to be connected to a computer to record the stereo mix output of the mixer, however I cant see why you would buy this just for that option, you can get something like an M audio fast track which does the same, (albiet without the mixer features like EQ and AUXs) for less than half the price. If you just want the mixer function then a cheap Behringer mixer is under £50. And I cant see how this can be used live, as hasnt got enough channels. The slightly more expensive firewire version of this allows you to record each individual channel, plus the stero mix, so thats up to 10 channels of recording, whereas this only offer 2. The firewire version would then allow you to change the individual channels of audio, from each mic after it has been recorded, and add effects etc.
I am not going to claim to having used this product to its full capability, but I have now had this unit for around four months and wanted to share my experience.
This was purchased for £179 from Absolute Music, which I thought was a very good price. I run my own website at www.geekanoids.co.uk and produce a lot of video reviews. For a long time I had wanted to improve the sound quality, so looking at USB interfaces for my Apple Mac was quite a task. After reading reviews on a lot of £60 to £80 units, I decided to add some extra money for this unit and purchased it, along with an Audio Technica AT-2020 microphone.
The Alesis MultiMix 8 USB 2.0 connects to my Mac via USB. It is also compatible with Windows based PC's. Apart from the single microphone input of the cheaper units I was looking at, it adds a further seven inputs, so eight in total. Four of these are XLR type inputs, four are line-in inputs. So a mix of microphones and various instruments can be fed into the unit. OK, so I am only using one input at the moment, but this offers me some future-proofing, as in the future I intend to do interviews and add in some other audio too.
I can now tweak the levels of my voice, adjust panning (from left to right), even add one of the 100 on-board effects, which saves me changing things in the software I use later on. Just the audio gain alone is fantastic, as it allows me to speak at a normal level, but achieve really nice clean audio for my reviews.
The MultiMix 8 does even more than what I have experienced. Things like monitoring through headphones, mixing in different channels, connection to separate control units, so really is fully featured.
The only problem I did experience was the unit running quite hot and a buzzing power supply. Absolute Music sorted this and sent me a new power supply, all without me having to return the unit. The customer service was great.
If you need to add some pro-level audio into your computer, without spending stacks of money, then take a look at this, it may well deliver what you need... it certainly does the trick for me.
The MultiMix 8 USB 2.0 is a compact tabletop mixer providing USB 2.0 technology for ultra-fast, low-latency, 24Ðbit/44.1Ð96kHz (with high-end A/D and D/A conversion) multi-channel audio recording straight to your computer. Designed with low-noise analog electronics, it lets users take advantage of 100 studio-grade 28-bit digital effects. Whether used for mobile or studio recording, the MultiMix 8 USB 2.0 makes recording high-quality audio to your computer fast and easy. Bundled with award-winning Cubase LE software for optimal results.