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What's a Good Quality Small Mixer?

Josh O

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I currently have a compact Behringer Eurodesk mixer that I got about three years ago, it's served the purpose as an inexpensive interface to my PC, it was around $80 and offers 8 channels. I want to setup a small monitoring system for my Axe-Fx and I think I want to upgrade my mixer to something that offers better sound quality. Our band used to use a similar Behringer mixer and thought it sounded decent until it was replaced with a larger Yamaha mixer and we realized how much the Behringer was messing with our sound.

I don't need any onboard effects that some of the more intricate mixers offer nor does it need to be powered, I just want something with at least eight channels (with four XLRs if possible), a set of XLR outs for the mains to go to a set of active monitors (which I don't have yet, oddly enough as I try to move away from the Behringer mixer I have, I'm looking at the Behringer Truth monitors), headphone outs, recording outs, etc. I still plan on running the recording outs to my PC so I can record with Sonar.

What should I be looking at? Mackie, Yamaha? I really don' want to spend much more than $200-$250. MF has a Yamaha 12 channel mixer that goes for $239.00
 
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powermatt99

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The Mackies are solid and would be an upgrade from the Behringer. They might still be the weakest link in your chain though. The Allen & Heath Mix Wizard series have much better preamps and sound quality in general.
 

MichaelK

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If I was buying a live mixer today Allen & Heath woould be my first choice, but I haven't priced them. I'm unfamiliar with the Zed series... you don't seem to need USB.

I still have a Yamaha and a Mackie mixer, both of which I bought about 10 years ago, both USA made, and the Mackie has much better preamps. I have no idea how new ones compare, sound wise.
 

MichaelK

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P.S. - dude, your avatar... I dunno where you got it, but it's cool as hell! I don't want to say what it looks like at first glance.
 




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