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Suggest A Mixer

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by BulbousMoses, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. I'm in the market for a small, general purpose mixer (home recording and live use) My budget is $400 or less. I'm discounting Behringer as the quality is not up to snuff. Anyone dare to suggest some options for me. Onboard effects would be nice but they're not a deal breaker.
  2. MrDOS

    MrDOS Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    Colorado Springs, CO
    You should be able to do OK if you are willing to go used. My last 3 mixers were used off of reputable EBay sellers. I personally like Allen-Heath, but Mackie and others are very popular.
  3. Used? Sure but I think there are a number of good choices out there that I could get in a new mixer also. I have read about the Allen & Heath ZED 10FX and the Soundcraft EFX8 but I have no experience with either. And Mackie is another name that has been mentioned to me but I was hoping to get some feedback from people who may have actually used at least one of the brands/models in the sub $400 range.
  4. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    I have a Yamaha, years old, but reliable and quiet. Not many features.

    Many new mixers seem to have USB, this is a added bonus for quick recording.

    Go take a look at the new Behringer offerings.
    They have a lot of influence from Klark Teknik, you may not discount these as much.
    And a 3 year warranty.
  5. jbybj

    jbybj Supporting Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles
    Peavey :: 16FX™

    I got the 24 channel version for a Children's musical theater company. It's held up well for the last 4 years. USB for computer recording, some very useful DSP onboard, decent channel EQ's, easy to use, yet versatile. The link above lists it at $840. I got the 24 channel one on clearance for about $550. I like this board.
  6. I should be more clear and state that I am looking to buy new and the most I will spend is $400 before taxes. Small form factor is desirable. I want to be able to use the mixer for both live performance (acoustic trio with electric bass+vocals) and for home recording demos. So, the mic pres need to be as good as I can get in that price range.
  7. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    How many inputs do you need? Any other requirements regarding the ins/outs?
  8. 4StringShooter

    4StringShooter Banned

    Jun 26, 2011
    London, Ontario, Canada
    GBX Member #1
    I bought an older Ross 12 channel off another Musician. It sounds WAY better than the Mackie we WERE using. WAY more gain. And Behringer=JUNK.

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