Cheap Mixer With Effects - Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by Kuroneku, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. Kuroneku

    Kuroneku Active Member

    Good morning you amazing people!

    I would love to have some recommendations for a Mixer that is within the $100-200 range. If there is a significantly better Mixer near $300, that's okay too.

    The amount of inputs/outputs are not my first priority. My first priority is Effects!

    PS: Something I can get on Amazon, thanks
  2. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member


    Well, for that money, you understand you're going to get what you pay for. Your first priority should be overall sound quality, not effects, but, it ain't me lookin' to buy, so, whatever...

    Anything you get in that price range is going to be all pretty much the same... there will be no significant difference, whether you spend $100 or spend $300. It will all be cheap, unreliable, and nothing that would be considered by any pro member here as being anything close to even remotely decent.

    I have no recommendations, other than to save your money and look at something better.
  3. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    You would be better of buying a use Soundcraft or allen&heath mixer.
    I suggest those because they are usually workhorse that can last decades.


    If effects is all you care about, why not buy a dedicated effect unit like :
    Lexicon MX200 or TC Electronic M350
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  4. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Marco - this would also be my recommendation. However I didn't think one could be had, even a used one, in the price range the OP mentioned.
  5. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    I the OP truly doesn't care about channel count, there are a handful of reputable new options.

    New A-H ZED10FX [4 mono mic inputs + 2 stereo] = $299
    New Soundcraft EFX8 [8 mono mic inputs + 2 stereo] = $399
    New Yamaha MC10XU [4 mono mic inputs + 3 stereo] = $199

    With the Soundcraft or Yamaha you'd be getting some diminished level of Lexicon and SPX effects, respectively. Does anyone know the origin of the A-H effects?

    And I'm assuming Soundcraft has addressed the godawful noise issues in some of their earlier budget FX mixers. (which would make me leery of buying a used one that didn't have a return policy) I haven't heard one in quite some time, after swearing off them (and literally swearing at them) due to the noise problem that plagued some of the earlier MFX and EFX series.
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  6. Kuroneku

    Kuroneku Active Member

    Oh my! That's probably the best thing I can do. I have a tiny Behringer Mixer with two XLR Inputs, and that has been plenty for me. All I needed were effects. You read my mind! A dedicated effects box will do
    I will check out the two you suggested in detail

  7. Kuroneku

    Kuroneku Active Member

    Which one would you prefer if you had to choose between the Lexicon and the TC? I just checked out videos on the both, and I kinda like both
  8. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    If I had to decide between the two, I might go for the Lexicon because of the compressor and deeser (if you think you would use them) because the TC have neither.
    Lexicon have a long legacy of reverb quality but it doesn't meen the TC is not capable.
    If you could stretch the budget :

    By the way, I'm no sweetwater seller. I put the links as reference only ;)
  9. Kuroneku

    Kuroneku Active Member

    So what kind of VST Plugins could I insert via USB on this slightly more expensive Lexicon model?
  10. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    You can't add plugins to the unit, it's the other way around. Actually the effects of the lexicon can be routed in your DAW as a VST. Instead of going out through analog wiring to the unit, it can be used via the USB, in the digital domain.
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