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Side by Side: Compact Mixers

Side by Side: Compact Mixers

Jan 1, 2012 1:15 AM

Radio is all about mobility. We”re finding new ways to deliver audio from the field via smaller and smaller connected devices, but we still need to attach more than a single microphone. You need a compact mixer.

For our comparison, we looked at models that had two microphone inputs, although we found units that only had one. (One manufacturer”s smallest model started at four mic inputs.) The mixers below also have larger brothers in their series.

All the mixers have stereo outputs. Some have effects or monitor sends. The models with sends could be set up to provide a main feed on one channel and a mix-minus on the other. All models offer some EQ. The two-band choices have sweeps at 80Hz and 12kHz. When a third midrange band is offered it is centered at 2.5kHz.

All these models have external power supplies. In another installment of Side by Side we”ll look at battery-powered options for total mobility.

ModelAlesis MultiMix 4 USBBehringer Xenyx 802Mackie 402-VLZ3Samson MDR624Peavey PV 6 USBInputs1 mic/line/guitar,1 mic/line, 1 stereo line2 mic/line, 2 stereo line, stereo tape2 mic/line, stereo line in, stereo tape in2 mic/line, 2 stereo line, stereo tape in2 mic/line, 2 stereo linePhantom power?yesyesyesyesyesInput pan control?yesyeshard switch for input 1 left & 2 rightyesyesOutputsstereo line TRSstereo main TRS, stereo control room TRS, stereo tape RCAstereo line out, stereo tape outstereo control room out, stereo main out, tape outstereo control room out, stereo main outHeadphone out1/4″ TRS1/4″ TRS1/4″ TRS1/4″ TRS1/4″ TRSEQ2-band on inputs 1&23-band on all channels2-band on inputs 1&2, low-cut switch on inputs 1&23-band on all channels3-band inputs 1&2, 2-band inputs 3/4 & 5/6, 80Hz low-cut on main outputSendsnone1 post-fader per channel, TRS outputnone1 pre-fader per channel, TRS output1 post-fader per channel, TRS outputReturnsnonestereo TRS inputsnonestereo TRS inputsstereo TRS inputsSpecial FeaturesUSB audio I/O-Mounting holes for Atlas AD-11B mic stand adapter, instrument input setting on inputs 1&2-USB audio I/OPower10Vac, 500mA�18.5Vac, 300mA�18.5Vac, 410mA�18Vac, 600mA15Vdc, 500mAWeight (lbs) (w x l x h) 6″ x 7.75″ x 2″7.4″ x 8.7″ x 1.9″5.8″ x 7.3″ x 1.6″7.36″ x 10″ x 2″7.55″ x 9.717″ x 2.7″Other modelsMultiMix 6 USB, MultiMix 8 USBXenyx 502, Xenyx 1002, Xenyx 1202802-VLZ3, 1202-VLZ3MDR1064PV 6, PV 8, PV 8 USB, PV 10, PV 10 USBList price$129$130$130$110$

January 2012

The advantages of Modulation Dependent Carrier Level technology, a tour of WEBE-108/WICC, understanding tee networks, Field Reports on the Deva Broadcast DB44 and Nagra SD, and a comparison of compact mixers….