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Best mixer for Headphone practice

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Two-Spirit, Dec 19, 2018.

  1. I'm getting a TC Electronic VT Bass Deluxe DI and some kind of mixer to plug it into, probable Mackie Mix8 and an AKG K240 headphones. I don't want to have to worry about headphones being pulled out of the jack since i live in an apartment.
    I need a mixer that can put out some headphone volume. I'm careful enough I won't blow my eardrums out. I'm looking at other mixers to
  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
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  3. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    The only reason I can think of is that there is no EQ.
    One reviewer said these used to be $30 instead of $40.
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  4. rutrho


    Mar 29, 2014
    sf bay area
    I have a cheap Alesis mixer I run my DI into for headphone/computer mixing and practicing at home. DI from the SpectraDrive straight into it and computer into the USB. I like this because I can record everything as well and see how bad I suck.

    When I travel I bring a mini board with my SpectraDrive and my microtubes X for stand alone practice and I'll bring my 2i2 if I want to record anything.

    I think for what you're looking for any number of the small mixers (4-8 inputs) on the market would work out very well your trying to do. Like I mentioned above, the Alesis 4 input one I have works fine for my needs, only downside is there is a tiny bit of noise on the signal sent through USB but its ok otherwise. I'd think the other options at a GC or something would work out well also.
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  5. I have a Mackie Mix5 that I use for practice, it is nice being able to play along with tracks piped in from my phone and get the levels right. It has been a very useful tool.

    Will add that the power supply might be on its way out, it has been making a buzzing noise a few times the last week until I press on the back of it. Had me freaked out cause I just added a new power supply to my board and I thought that it was coming from that and not the mixer at first.
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  6. danster


    Jul 13, 2007
    Connecticut, USA
    I have an older Behringer Eurorack 4 channel mixer for practice. I phone into stereo RCA's - bass into channel 1, headphone out.
  7. JDMcDorce

    JDMcDorce Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2017
    Sanford, MI
    Mix5, Mix8, plus (cough) Behringer has a couple of Xenyx series mixers around the same price point or lower. Part of it depends on what your thoughts/plans are beyond just providing a DI to Headphone interface (such as RCA vs. USB interface if you are looking to mix something else in other than the DI). I've run the DI output from my Ampeg SCR-DI to either a ProFX8 or X1832 to headphone with good results, but both of these boards are overkill for your application as described.

    I can understand why the Micromix isn't suiting your needs - the unbalanced out doubles as a "headphone jack" with only output control being the gain.
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2018
  8. Jack


    Sep 6, 2003
    Newcastle, UK
    The Soundcraft Notepad (I have the 5, there's and 8 and 12) is what you want.

    • Firstly, it's a brilliant headphone amp
    • One channel of hi-z so you can plug the bass in without needing the preamp if you wanted
    • USB soundcard functionality, link it to your laptop to jam with youtube or record
    • Proper XLR outputs so unlike every other mini-mixer this is actually a mixer when it needs to be
  9. Spent


    May 15, 2011
    Upstate NY
    What about a Phil Jones Bass headphone amp? I have a Bass Buddy and not only does it sound great, it’s amazingly flexible. They are a little pricey, but the BigHead is quite a bit less. You could probably get a good price on a used one. Headphones are important too, not just quality but impedance.
  10. brianmharrison


    Oct 11, 2007
    Rolls PM351
  11. Fiset

    Fiset I do a good impression of myself

    Jan 13, 2007
    New York
    I've had a Mix8 for a while now. Use it mostly for headphone mixes but the direct out gets use as well. I bought it when I was looking to use my Digitech Sdrum and other Aux inputs without having those signals pass through my amp. The Mix8 was super cheap and worked out exactly how I hoped it would. Wish I would have started using a mixer sooner.


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