Back in 2015 Soundcraft unveiled the Ui12 and Ui16 Digital Mixers to a hugely positive reception. Also the wireless mixing was nothing new, very few other systems matched it for effects, amp modelling and ease of use. The new and improved version, the Soundcraft Ui24R builds on this reputation and then some.
Convenient and simple to use, theHS-5 allows up to five musicians to rehearse, jam, and record while monitoring with headphones. Players have individual hands-on control of their personal mix, plus access to reverb and COSM effects for guitar, bass, and vocals. Bands can capture stereo recordings directly to a USB thumb drive, or connect the HS-5to a computer via a USB cable and record each channel to individual tracks in a DAW. Additionally, each musician’s personalised settings can be saved for instant recall, providing quick setup for future rehearsals and recording sessions.
The Softube Console 1 is the next generation audio mixer and now in stock here at absolutemusic. Used together with any major DAW, Console 1 will not only give you the analog sound that Softube's plug-ins are world famous for, but also the analog workflow of using physical knobs and buttons when you mix. Console 1 is all about great sound and intuitive, hands-on control.
The Alesis iO Mix gives you a hardware mixer with an iPad dock for recording up to four channels of audio onto your iPad, transforming it into a powerful portable studio. With the iO Mix, you can record multiple microphones or instruments directly into compatible apps such as GarageBand. The Alesis iO Mix was announced at Musikmesse 2012.
Owning a pair of vinyl or CD decks is not enough if you want to start DJing as you will also need a suitable mixer to link everything together and sit at the heart of your set-up. Because the mixer is unlikely to affect how well you can mix, I would say that it is more important to get a decent pair of decks, rather than splashing your budget on a super all-singing, all-dancing mixer and only having enough left over for a pair of poor decks (the exception to this case is scratch DJs who will need something sturdy with a smooth crossfader to complement some decent decks). However, the mixer is likely to have a lot to do with the sound quality of your mixes, as well as determining how many turntables you can connect and mix from at once, and some mixers may even includes additional creative features such as built-in effects and sample recorders/loopers.
Alto have announced a brand new series of live mixers called Masterlink Live, which make use of the iPad to add a large touchscreen to help you control your live mixes. There are currently two models in the Masterlink Live series; the Masterlink Live 16 (a 16 channel mixer) and the Masterlink Live 24 (a 24 channel version).
The Line 6 StageScape M20d Mixer is the world's first 'smart mixing' system for live sound. It uses a touchscreen to allow you to mix in a brand new way and also features built-in DSP for powerful audio processing on each channel, including multi-band feedback suppression. The StageScape M20d also includes multi-channel recording functionality, making it extremely easy to capture every rehearsal or show.
The Mackie DL1608 is the latest product to harness the power of the iPad, combining it with the feature-set of a digital mixer for live mixing like you have never seen before! The Mackie DL1608 features 16 boutique-quality Onyx preamps, which sound absolutely excellent - something that we can confirm as they are the same ones that are featured on the Onyx range of mixing desks. Combine this with the built-in 24-bit Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters and you have yourself one hell of a great sounding product!
Stuck between a digital rock and an analogue hard place? Let Jono Buchanan and Andy Legg help you out of it...
Before the days of FireWire and USB-based DAW recording, the word ‘digital’ equated to ‘expensive’ and we were all charged a premium for digitally controlled signal paths and other digital features. However, over the years the cost of technology has fallen quickly so digital hardware is now more affordable than ever. Nevertheless, is a digital mixer right for your needs and budget? Well, hopefully that’s what the next three pages will help you to decide!
The Presonus StudioLive 24.4.2 and 16.4.2 have already established themselves as popular products for both home and studio use. With this kind of momentum behind them, Presonus cleverly decided that the next step was to release a scaled down version that would be more friendly on the piggy bank and more suited to people that simply don’t need all the channels of the original versions. In this blog post I fired up the Presonus StudioLive 16.0.2 and found out exactly what it could do…