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FX Mixer or Just use a seperate DFX

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by kevinlimse, Oct 5, 2005.

  1. kevinlimse

    kevinlimse Guest

    Hi..... keen to get a mixer for myself, with at least 8 faders. I had my mind on behringer because of the cost and then RO totally changed my mind.. haha.. I now eyeing on Mackie DFX-12 or Yamaha's MG124FX 12. Had looked at Peavey's PV-10 I need opinions on which is better and my needs are to record violin or to mix a rock band.

    Well, Another question is that whether it is better and cheaper to get a seperate DFX or just spend on a mixer with inbuilt FX, assuming I need the FX.
  2. axelbarragan

    axelbarragan Guest

    hey bro!!!
    well as a dfx12 user myself, I think that you are in for a treat. I use it solely due to its flexibility. it is very easy to use. I mixed a rock band with it and I can tell you that it was no hassle to achieve a good level and crisp sound on the recording. You have an array of preamps that are perfect for your rock band mix. kick, snare, tom, tom, tom, OH l and R.....you can't gor wrong with this piece of art....and still have a couple of preamps left. i actually mixed the band by using all preamps on the DFX12 for the drums into protools, and using protool's preamps for guitar and bass on two different tracks....then just some eqing.....real simple. So, go get it....its worth it.
  3. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2005
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    I think Gary Numan used a DFX12 on his most recent album. Effects and all.
  4. kevinlimse

    kevinlimse Guest

    whao.. nice. Yamaha has flanger/phaser/chorus but no delay, while Peavey has delay and reverbs and none else. Guess Mackie's DFX12 is the better of the other 2. Thanks.
  5. o2x

    o2x Active Member

    Mar 17, 2005
    Although all in one solutions are very tempting. I would always recommend external FX boxes wherever possible. Less toys mean less to go wrong. Besides its pretty easy to pick up a fairly decent FX unit second hand which will give you way better FX than on board with the ability in most cases to alter more parameters.

    If you are using a DAW then you have squillions of high quality plug-ins at your disposal so why bother?? Spend your money on a better mixer instead.

    I don't like Peavey mixers, they are not as well made IMO as their smaller stablemates. the MG series Yams have not been well received on these boards either.

    You might also want to look at Soundcraft - more in the Mackie price bracket, but well made and has a farily decent sound and a little more pricey but well liked are those from Allen & Heath.
  6. kevinlimse

    kevinlimse Guest

    ic... But mackie seems to be good enough and would last for quite some time if I am not wrong. I guess the more higher up mixer shouldn't sound much different to me, coz im just in transition of becoming an audiophile :p ...

    Big shock to hear that peavey ain't that good.. that might explain the "unimpressed but still good" attitude of the review of the Peavey's PV10 from Recording Magazine August issue... I did thought peavey was one of the top notch..

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