Mixer Help

Discussion in 'Consoles / Control Surfaces' started by punx18, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. punx18

    punx18 Guest

    Hi there im thinking about purchasing a mixer I have a few in mind, but i have no experiance with mixers could someone please give me a bit of advice, im thinking of getting either

    Mackie 1202-VLZ PRO
    Yamaha MG 12-4

    I would like to know which is best or if there are any other alternatives in the price range (mackie is the top of my price range i really cant afford anything more than that)

    Thanks In advance
  2. Caisson

    Caisson Guest

    how do you plan on using the mixer?

    and what type of music do you do?

    i've used the MG/10 and its alright nothing spactacular
  3. punx18

    punx18 Guest

    mainly for punk music, recording distorted guitars, maybe two at a time maximum and the occasional aucostic recording from time to time
  4. jahme

    jahme Guest

    then u rather wanna go for some behringer ones. i use the behringer eurorack ub1204fx pro and its an excellent mixer, atleast for what i do.check out the specs, u would be interested.
  5. punx18

    punx18 Guest

    ive heard alot about behringer and alot of people seem to aviod them. Are they really that bad?has anyone got a sample recording using one?
  6. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    Some things Behringer are awful, some things fine, others are actually quite decent.

    Their mixers are, depending upon the model, fine to decent. They're nothing spectacular, but good especially given their price. As a matter of fact, they are a blatant rip off (in some models' cases) of Mackie VLZ series mixers.

    Personally, I dig the 1202 for what it is - a small format mixer with decent pres (note - decent, not good, not great - decent) and relatively flexible routing. If you want to bypass the questionable summing bus, then you can record 4 channels directly without summing. Use channels 1 and 2 panned hard left and right as is. Then use channels 3 and 4 output to the "alt-bus" also panned hard left and right. You now have a 4 channel direct output mixer with aux sends and returns and no summing.

    Also, they are downright bulletproof in their build quality. Unless you try (and even then) it's almost impossible to break one.

    If you're going for a Behringer desk - look for the old "EuroDesk" models (they were blue metal). You can find these cheap and they're actually quite decent. Their newer, small-formfactor stuff is just plain not-good.

    Of course, this is all just my humble opinion.

  7. darjama

    darjama Guest

    My spirit soundcraft 16-channel board died on me the morning I was starting on a recording project. The thing had no off switch so I rarely turned the thing off. I think it must be the power transformer (there's a loud buzzing sound all the time now), so I'll probably get it repaired.

    Anyway, I picked up a yamaha mg10/2 at the local used shop, and was fairly impressed with the thing. The mic pres have more headroom than I remember the behringers (our drummer has one of the ones with 2 mic pres) having, and the controls feel pretty solid. they even have a nice solid connection for the power supply, something often forgotten in low budget gear. Based on limited experience with the behringer, I'd pick the yamaha over it.

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