Interface/Mixer Recommendations??

Discussion in 'Consoles / Control Surfaces' started by Sugar382, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. Sugar382

    Sugar382 Active Member

    Mar 23, 2010
    Hey guys,
    I'm looking for a 8-16 channel mixer to do some home-recording on PC. It looks like some of the new mixers coming out also function as an audio interface for doing two jobs in one, which is awesome. But how efficient are these? I was looking at the Allen & Heath ZED14 ( and it looks pretty good w/ phantom power, preamp, comes with Sonar LE, hooks up via USB, etc. There's also the Alesis Multimix 8 USB 2.0 ( mixer that comes with Cubase. I don't need too many channels, just want something that sounds good and will last. And something that will hook up easily to my computer. I'll mostly be micing stuff and doing the effects in post, so on-board effects aren't completely necessary.

    Which mixer do you think would work better? Also, what about the Behringer Xenyx or the Yamaha MG166C? Any good? Any help is much appreciated - Thanks!!
  2. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2005 missed posting the same exact thing in 26 other forums, also, like you did in three of them. Please choose one, and then post. How is anyone, including you, going to keep track of one subject spread all over the place? It uses up server storage space,'s a bit annoying. Please don't do that?

    Stay away from Behringer. There's a reason they are so cheap.

  3. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Rainy Roads WA USA
    Allen & Heath ZED 16R is what your looking would have everything you need to record and mix 16 tracks with a ton of flexibility...better interface with firewire rather than USB...16 channels ADAT comes with a copy of SonarLE which can be upgraded to full version!....great EQ, great preamps, has MIDI control within your DAW, awesome monitor section with flexible headphone feeds for tracking. The only other model like this to look at would be the Mackie Onyx 1640i....but it doesn't have all the same features as the ZED 16R.
  4. Sugar382

    Sugar382 Active Member

    Mar 23, 2010
    Yikes, sorry. Just haven't had much luck in other forums, so I thought I'd post in a few. Didn't mean to ruin your day
  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Underestimating what you think you'll need is a big mistake. (we are the experts take it from us) It always starts that way. And then you will quickly ramp up to where you need 16 to 24 or more simultaneous inputs. So get yourself one of those mixers that also includes up to 16 simultaneous recording tracks from 16 individual inputs as a minimum. Some mixers have a built-in USB interface which is generally not more than two outputs for stereo. That's not smart. You need a minimum of eight simultaneous inputs to start with. Anything less and you will be sorry. You only need two for stereo what you need four to include ambience. And that's just the start of it. Of course, you can also invest $500 in one of those 8 input FireWire computer interfaces. You don't need no stinkin' mixer when it's built into your software. But there are those of us that like to play with knobs in which case Mackie Onyx might be up your alley. Or some other similar permutation. Presonus has some interesting offerings you should look into.

    Popping in and out
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  6. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2005

    You didn't ruin my day. I may have seemed a bit...stern...but I bet you won't double- or triple-post again, will ya? :wink:

    Good luck,

  7. Shadow_7

    Shadow_7 Active Member

    Mar 22, 2010
    I'd stear away from anything USB for more than TWO channels. That ZED R16 thing looks pretty sweet though. As I look at my small abode and wonder how I would fit 16 mic stands and mics in here, much less musicians to track. This is the home recording forum isn't it? I suppose an exhaustive drumset might fill most of those tracks, but still. That's a lot of tracks for a home studio.
  8. 10x10Studios

    10x10Studios Guest

    Couple of things here. Behringer gear is not evil by any means. I have plenty of material recorded using Behringer gear from the last 3 years using 2 ADA8000 Ultragains and a Steinberg VSL2020. It's the skill in getting the sound you want. I can provide examples if requested.

    The M-Audio Project Mix is a good unit if you need 8 pres and a flying fader 8 channel mixer.

    I personally use a Presonus Firestudio Tube (16 inputs with 12 XLR ports and 2 of those XLRs tube driven) and I have a Mackie Control Universal but don't use it much since buying a Presonus FaderPort. That right next to my keyboard is all I really need. You're looking at $750 for both of those total to get started. Here's a video I did showing the gear I use if you're interested.

    Don't let anyone tell you that the cheep gear gives you a cheep sound. If used correctly you can get a very good sound on a tight budget. My preference is the Presonus gear for bang for the buck.
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