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Behringer 1832FX vs Mackie DFX12 ?

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Hello all, I need a mixer for under $270, and which one of these is better?
The Behringer 1832FX or the Mackie DFX12?

or suggest something else?
(preferrably something that can control the DAW software mixer too?)

Thanks!

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hueseph Sat, 12/01/2007 - 15:07
The number of inputs to your DAW is entirely dependent on how many inputs your interface has. You could have a 64 channel mixer but if your interface only supports two channels of simultaneous recording, you will end up mixing all those 64 channels down to two.

Usefulness of a mixer when it comes to a Digital Audio Workstation is dependent on:

1: the number of inputs you have on your audio interface.

2: whether or not the mixer is also a control surface.

There are interface/control surfaces out there but they are not cheap. On the very low end is the Behr..... products. On the mid level is the Digi 003. From there up you're looking into tens of thousands of dollars. With most software you can do any of the functions of a mixer "in the box".

If you absolutely must have some sort of mixer, check out the Tascam Fireone. It doesn't look like a mixer but it functions like one in that it has a fader and knobs like you would expect on a mixer. From an observers stand point (I've never used one) the Fireone has employed the most logical combination of functionality and affordability.

That being said, if you can get over the idea of having a mixer, the Mbox comes with ProTools LE and a slough of plugins.

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hueseph Sat, 12/01/2007 - 15:11
On another thought, have you looked into the Mackie Onyx boards with the firewire option? You won't get a control surface but you will get some nice preamps and as many simutaneous inputs as there are channels on the board. Also they come with Tracktion which is a great piece of software IMHO.

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hueseph Thu, 11/29/2007 - 17:42
Ok. So where does Sonar fit into the picture? And, yes you can record out from your computer but why would you need to when you're already using some sort of interface to go into your computer? Why don't you just get one of those all in one recorders with a built in amp sim? That way there's no crack involved and you won't have anyone here breathing down your throat about why we have to pay higher prices because crackheads are stealing software. Did you read my signature at the bottom?

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hueseph Thu, 11/29/2007 - 18:18
Buy an interface with two inputs. You don't need a mixer. For what you plan on doing, look into a Line6 Toneport UX 2. Not the most robust piece of gear but for what I suspect you plan on doing it's good enough. It comes with a lite version of Ableton's Live. If that doesn't have enough of a track count for you, you can download Kristal Audio Engine free and legal. KAE supports VST effects and ASIO drivers. That's probably all you will need for a while. Do some reading. It doesn't have to be heavy reading just pick up a few magazines or check out homerecording.com for some basic advice.

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hueseph Fri, 11/30/2007 - 13:39
Whatever turns your crank. I personally prefer to work in a graphical environment. It makes editing so much easier, but that's just me. If you're dead set on having a piece of hardware with faders buy whatever makes you happy. The fostex will do what you want it to do. No doubt about that. You can't really use it with Cubase or any other software. At least not without bouncing files to wav on your computer and then reassembling them in whatever software.

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Member Fri, 11/30/2007 - 13:45
hueseph wrote: Whatever turns your crank. I personally prefer to work in a graphical environment. It makes editing so much easier, but that's just me. If you're dead set on having a piece of hardware with faders buy whatever makes you happy. The fostex will do what you want it to do. No doubt about that. You can't really use it with Cubase or any other software. At least not without bouncing files to wav on your computer and then reassembling them in whatever software.

Is there anything that will work w/ Cubase?

Behringer BCF2000?
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