Discussion in 'Consoles / Control Surfaces' started by 692bossa, Sep 16, 2002.

  1. 692bossa

    692bossa Guest

    i am looking for a good, inexpensive mixer to go with my echo mia2496. i only need a few inputs, i intend to record tracks one at a time then mix with MIDI. is soundcraft a good choice? can you recommend a unit? thanks
  2. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Mackie is usually a good choice to go with in terms of home studio mixers...the Mackie 1202
    Check it out
  3. BrockStapper

    BrockStapper Guest

    also, a real sleeper is the Alesis studio 12R. These have really nice pre-amps and are so inexpensive and small that it is frightening. One just went on Ebay for under 200 bucks. New they are about 350.
    Going the Mackie route it is probably worth it to get their VLZ pre-amps...
  4. mrbeecroft

    mrbeecroft Guest

    What are 01v's going for now? You will outgrow whichever mixer you choose so don't sweat your decision too much. When you do upgrade, an 01v will take good care of your monitoring needs. You can use most of these these little digital mixers as DAW control surfaces too.
  5. BrockStapper

    BrockStapper Guest

    That is indeed true. However the sound quality will suffer from either of the following scenarios:
    1) using the o1v converters and sending them digitally into your DAW.
    2) using the o1v converters and then converting to analog using the o1v only to convert to digital again going into your DAW.

    The converters on the o1v are not very good. Those are powerful little mixers, though, and the effects are really nice to have. As previously mentioned it can also act as a control surface with a little tinkering. They are still a little pricey these days even though they are getting more and more affordable. I would like to have one with some outboard conversion for live use. Your sound quality will actually be better IMHO if you use a decent analog board with decent pres (either the pres Alesis put in the 12R or the VLZ pres in the Mackie, Allen & Heath, Ramsa or Panasonic...etc.) than if you use the O1V. The O1V is also limited in bit and sample rate so if you intend at recording above 20 bit I would stay away.
    As Tom says you will outgrow whichever digital mixer you choose. All the more reason to go with the most inexpensive mixer that sonically will cut the mustard. The other nice thing about the 12R is it will continue to be useful down the road as a sidecar (drums, keys, etc.).
    Best of luck,
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