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looking for a good (and cheap) firewire reocording device.

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by Travis, Aug 5, 2006.

  1. Travis

    Travis Guest

    hello everyone, i was thinking about getting an Alesis Multimix 16 Firewirem mixer to replace my curent setup. does anybody know if there are any drawbacks to the Alesis that i should consider before getting it. i need it for recording bands, and i have not yet decided on a computer for it. are there any other mixers in this same price range that would be better.
    thanks for your help everyone.

    -Travis
     
  2. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    I picked one up at a trade show in Orlando.It rattled. I put it back down.
    Save your hard-earned $$ and buy a Mackie Onyx. Period.
     
  3. Travis

    Travis Guest

    do the Onyx mixers plug in to a computer via firewire?
     
  4. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Firewire is an optional upgrade for the Onyx line. You can go with a mixer, or, they offer a couple of multi-channel mic pre/Firewire interfaces. The mixer lets you do live sound, etc. The interfaces let you track and then "mix in the box". I strongly recommend that you look into those units. Alesis is not, and never has been, a good mixer manufacturer. Some Alesis products are OK. God knows that the ADAT formats have made a recordists life....well, "interesting". But their mixers and associated processors (mainly EQs and compressors) are not exactly high quality. Or even mediocre.
     
  5. Travis

    Travis Guest

    ok thanks for the advice
     
  6. Travis

    Travis Guest

    are there any others, im afraid that the Onyx mixers are a little out of my price range.

    -Travis
     
  7. corrupted

    corrupted Guest

    Like moonbaby, I suggest Onyx. It's not intended to be a studio recording mixer, but it has the best overall features. If you're going to only use it in the studio, you lose a lot of the functionality of the mixer... so I can see why you'd want to save money. If you're just looking at having a handfull of recordable inputs via firewire... look at PreSonus. The firepod and firestation do the same thing as the Mackie Onyx, but they don't have the whole mixer section (which you can't use with the Onyx in a studio anyway).

    Just an idea, it depends on what you're looking for.

    I still like my Onyx, though. :D
     
  8. Travis

    Travis Guest

    thanks for your help. i have been looking at the presonus as well, but i wasn't sure if it was of good quality. i think that i am going to e looking at buying that now.

    Thanks
    -Travis
     
  9. corrupted

    corrupted Guest

    No problem. You'll probably be happy with a PreSonus. Just read the specs carefully and know what you're getting. Read reviews and read all of the pros and cons. Then make sure your computer is MORE than just the recommended requirements. That way you won't just be squeaking by.

    Keep in mind, you need to have outputs as well as inputs, so make sure the PreSonus stuff meets your requirements on the output end as well.
     

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