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I need a mixer and I want suggestions

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by arther daily, Nov 30, 2001.

  1. Right, I need a mixer to run into my PC soundcard to record... some live stuff, some not, some mic, some DI.

    I want at least four outputs - to go into the card... so I can record a regular jam I attend live.

    I'd like at least 4 line in - but I've got no idea about how many mic inputs I want? Chances are i wont be recording drums that much, but I'd like to be able to and get a decent enough sound quality.

    I'll buy new or 2nd hand, I'm in the UK, and I dont want to spend more than £300 or £400.

    Any suggestions, recommendations?
  2. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    A Fostex VM04 would be a good choice in a budget digital four channel mixer. They were being blown out for $100 here stateside a few months back, so maybe a good deal can be found on your side of the pond.

    Mine's not in front of me, but as I recall it has two mic/line inputs and two line only inputs. It does have SP/DIF out.

    Good luck!
  3. Well I did some surfing and foudn teh Mckie web site... their 4 channel and 6 channel mixers look good - from my limited - knowledge.

    Any testimonials?
  4. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Friend of mine has the sixteen, very nice quiet board, tough as nails. the six has the same pre-amps, but I'm not sure if the four does. In general I'm very impressed with the Mackie boards I've used, which have been quite a few altogether. I think the four falls well within the price range you mentioned.
  5. outofstep


    Dec 5, 2001
    Sonoma, CA
    look into a behringer... seem to be pretty good boards... later. -matt
  6. I just bought a SoundCraft. Spirit series mixer for exactly that purpose on Ebay. Less than 200 dollars. Lots of people love mackie. I like them but there market demand seems to be inflating their price. Beringer has a reputation of having "bad" mic pre amps but i think most of that is opinion and you certianly can't beat their price.

    This link goes to a recording forum I found that helped me make my buy decisions.

    Recording forum
  7. DaveB


    Mar 29, 2000
    Toronto Ontario
    I have had terrific results using a small Mackie analog mixer hooked into my Fostex FD8 digital recorder (with the Fostex AD/DA converter). That gets 8 tracks of simultaneous recording. The final mix is done on NTrack and the CD burned on my PC.

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