Alesis audio mixers and the second series that includes computer interfacing ( following on .. If you are using one of the MultiMix 8 USB's internal effects, this. To enable your MULTIMIX 8 USB FX to send and receive audio to and from your computer, follow the instructions below for your computer's operating system. Available in 8–channel and 16–channel configurations, these compact tabletop mixers feature USB connectivity, low–noise analog electronics,
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A pair of balanced stereo aux returns are provided on TRS jack sockets, and any signal plugged into the second of these replaces that from the internal effects. Each has a simple rotary fader for level control.
The top solos the channel in the monitor outputs and on the LED meters in one of two ways, depending on the setting of a Solo Mode switch in the console's master section. The PFL Pre-Fade Listen option gives you the signal just after it's passed through the channel EQ, while the Solo option monitors the signal after the fader and pan controls.
The former mode is obviously handy for initially setting up levels to minimise noise and distortion during recording, while the latter is more useful for mixing, as it gives you the same sound you're hearing via the mix bus. Well, not quite the same. The last button on each channel assigns that channel's signal to one or the other.
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Monitoring is well catered for, with separate stereo Phones socket and balanced TRS Control Room outputs, both under the control of the larger pot above the Main Mix fader. A switching matrix allows you to listen to any combination of the two mix buses and the signal arriving at the unbalanced RCA phono 2-Track In sockets — if you select the latter, you'll also hear any audio arriving from the computer via USB alongside the 2-Track input signal.
The 2-Track inputs and computer output can also be routed directly to the Main Mix bus if required. Right at the top of the master section you'll find the small area devoted to the effects processor. In addition, a stereo feed from the computer can be returned to the mixer for monitoring or mixing purposes. Drivers must be installed before connecting up the mixer, but the installation process was the work of three minutes and the connection subsequently worked immediately for me, once I'd routed the inputs and outputs suitably in my version of Cubase SX2.
If you don't have computer recording software of your own, you'll be pleased to know that Cubase LE4 is bundled with the mixer. However, input restrictions in this software may prevent you from taking advantage of the interface's maximum simultaneous recording track count.
The USB driver's control panel offers buffer sizes as low as 48 samples, but even at samples on a steam-powered PC I found the latency perfectly acceptable for software monitoring. However, if you're of the opinion that no latency is good latency, you'll be pleased to know that setting up zero-latency monitoring on the MultiMix 16 is dead easy: switch off software monitoring; activate the Mix and 2-Track buttons in the MultiMix's monitor section; record direct from the relevant mixer channel setting the channel fader for the best recording level ; and then use the Main Mix fader to adjust the relative level of the recording signal against the backing track.
The built-in effects are an added benefit in this situation, giving you immediate courtesy reverb for vocals, while leaving the recorded sound dry. One thing I found a bit annoying about the USB audio implementation, though, was that the individual channel recording signals are fed to the computer post-fader. This makes it impossible to optimise signal levels for both the individual channels and the main mix bus simultaneously — set the channels up for the best recording level and you risk driving the mix bus into distortion, while setting the channels up for a good mix means that you have to record your signals at a lower level, which will give you increased analogue noise levels even if the bit A-D conversion theoretically gives lots of headroom to play with.
Personally, I'd prefer the recording outputs to come directly after the preamp, removing even the EQ from the signal path to the recorder. That said, for simultaneous PA and recording for small live gigs, the background noise in the room will probably dwarf any extra circuit noise, so this problem might not bug you like it does me.
On Session The MultiMix 16's 4. Knobs and faders have a nice smooth action with a reassuring amount of resistance, which only adds to the positive initial impression. If the MultiMix 16 offers more channels than you need, you could go for the smaller model. The preamps give a workable sound with reasonable noise performance.
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My only real concern is that the control resolution at higher-gain settings is quite narrow a common problem on budget mixers , which makes a lot of the gain appear to be bunched at the clockwise extreme. The bottom line, though, is that in my opinion these preamps are equal to the task of delivering release-quality home recordings if used primarily for careful close miking, as long as your mics aren't all scraped from the very bottom of the bargain barrel.
Furthermore, the transfer to the computer over USB seems pretty lossless, so the MultiMix has to be considered a serious contender for ensemble recording on a budget.
The EQ sounds better than a number of other designs I've tried on budget mixers, and I was able to massage a selection of different instrument and vocal tracks into a more usable form with ease.
The same 'gain bunching' effect that I found in the preamps also appears to exist in the EQ circuitry, although I quite liked that here, because it gave me more control resolution for the fine settings where any budget EQ tends to sound its best.
As is to be expected at this UK price point, the mid-band became rather honky at extreme boost settings, but again not as much as I've come to expect in this area of the market.
Of course, you lose out on some flexibility due to the fixed-frequency design, so when you're recording you'll probably just want to leave EQ'ing until you mix, as most EQ plug-ins offer considerably more control. The built-in effects were simple to set up and sounded fine — no surprise, given the Alesis heritage — with the reverbs working particularly well, but sacrificing the chorusing, flanging and pitch-shifting for a delay tap-tempo option would, for me, have increased usability.
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If the product is not used for any significant period of time, the product's AC power supply cord should be unplugged from the AC outlet. Foreign Objects and Liquids.And before you say 'most people will use plug-ins for that', let me ask you why Alesis have then bothered including EQ.
The balance controls do it by controlling the relative balance of the left and right channel signals being sent to the left and right main mix buses. My only real concern is that the control resolution at higher-gain settings is quite narrow a common problem on budget mixers , which makes a lot of the gain appear to be bunched at the clockwise extreme.
The 2-Track inputs and computer output can also be routed directly to the Main Mix bus if required. It is intended only for the use of those authorized by Alesis. The 2-Track inputs and computer output can also be routed directly to the Main Mix bus if required. Knobs and faders have a nice smooth action with a reassuring amount of resistance, which only adds to the positive initial impression.
Liquid has spilled or objects have fallen into the product, b. If the product is not used for any significant period of time, the product's AC power supply cord should be unplugged from the AC outlet. Furthermore, the transfer to the computer over USB seems pretty lossless, so the MultiMix has to be considered a serious contender for ensemble recording on a budget.