Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire

Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire

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MultiMix 16 FireWire, FireWire/USB/mLan Mixer from Alesis in the MultiMix series.

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Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Alesis
  • Model: MultiMix 16 FireWire
  • Series: MultiMix
  • Category: FireWire/USB/mLan Mixers
  • Added in our database on: 10/12/2007

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Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire user reviews

Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 22 reviews )
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songboy's review

Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire
It is not rackable alone.  I assume there are some rack ears built to hold this.
There are 8 XLR and 1/4" inputs, and 4 1/4" stereo inputs.  S/PDIF, Two send/returns, Stereo RCA in/out and of course FireWire and Headphones.
This Console sends 24–bit, 44.1/48 kHz. 
The Latency is not bad at all on this guy.  Barely noticeable.  Almost like chorus effect.  I also own a Presonus Firepod and Firebox and all three of them preform quite well with very little latency. 
There are 2 sends and 2 returns. 
It has a 3 Band Shelving EQ.
Yes there is also a built in effects section.  It contains Reverbs, Chorus, Flange Delay and a Pitch Shifter for Harmonies
No, there is no Automation on this. 
The Connections are Firewire, Analog XLR & 1/4", and S/PDIF.


Typical functions in terms of regular mixing are all easily accessible.  It took me a few minutes and a little help from the manual to get a good grasp on the effects section.  Its very simple but still somehow confusing how to setup the effects. 
As for the install, it went fine.  I had to download the drivers offline but that was very easy.  Updating the firmware is a little process but the update guide that comes with it explains how to.  The manual was ok.  Its fairly big so I only have referenced it when I needed it but, I was able to find answers to the problems I had.


There is a little bit of noise from the preamps, but not anymore than expected.  Besides that, it is very quiet. 
Some effects are pretty good, but besides Reverb, I don't think I will ever really use any of them.  The reverbs themselves sound pretty nice.  Alesis makes a good reverb for the price.
The EQ works fine.  The knobs themselves are not as tight and solid feeling as the ones on my Mackie VLZ3, but they function properly.


What I do like about this mixer is that it has very good preamps, and the fact that it is a Audio Interface and a Mixer built into one.  Great for people recording in a live atmosphere. 
The main thing I don't like is that it is not FireWire Powered, which mean a big old power cable/box. 
I got this for a steal at $200.  Its in brand new condition, so I am happy with that price. 
The AD DA converters are very transparent, very good sound.
I own a few other Audio Interfaces and though this is not the absolute best sounding of the three, its the most convenient. 
Yes, for that price, I would definitely do it again.

samgratt!'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire
Quality at unbeatable prices compared


Quality at unbeatable prices compared


Quality at unbeatable prices compared


Quality at unbeatable prices compared

citrikwave's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire
Then the char we know them, I savings you;) I do not put Nnamoins 8 as the absence of data per insert ...


Intuitive Ultra has is the gift of Alesis, but so intuitive that they forget the inserts. (So ​​tell me resentful chui ^^) has still not bad Nevertheless, it feels a bit fragile all the same.

the +: Compact, trslgre, well obviously almost nonexistent latency seen firewire (good after adpend pc eh ...)

the -: and really I insist on it, only ONE knob to manage the headphone output and the output Control room in monitor. thus costing the headphones can be false by ambient sound monitoring, unless you have a hyper closed headphones. Anyway it's really boring.

Very easy to install, nevertheless, instability drivers for my taste.


Then it is forcment mitig adpend what you want to do. If you are looking for a warm, soft studio forget (less than mastering on an external EQ Manley all-tube compressor and TwinCom all lamps cot total of opration 12000 ^^). And again for a good mastering it takes beautiful shots. This is where a plot thickens.

This table is very correct record dmo for example, but remember that this is not the lamp Pramp ... we are in the range between the c Does the sound and found a little dull and cold.

No breath until you buggers not Pramp donf, all fawn is rare to get it.


Voil a year since I use it, it served me a lot in the studio In parallel, ie for small sound takes elsewhere. Please note the PSU, I had to change it twice ... and it's pretty tiring. This choice I would nevertheless, but not with my expectations today.

To be honest I was going to spend on a Mackie Onyx 1220, but registration is pre EQ, pre fader and pre Insert. So it's a live table in the end. So I bought the Yamaha N12, which I highly recommend for those tate. The one passes in the range above and you really feel the difference in every way.

Morby's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Unbeatable value for money"

Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire
I bought it used at 250 €, I use home studio and on stage with my band since May 2014 (so 6 months at the time of this writing). This is not my first mixing desk so point of comparison, but I guess at that price converters must not be the best in the market. However, I am particularly pleased and opportunities offered through the firewire interface.

I discovered this table via a musician friend who has the same USB-2 release. on the other hand with hers has a problem: after one to two hours of operation PC "loses" the table have to disconnect and reconnect the USB-to make it working again. So when I saw on Leboncoin the same FW version, I jumped on it!

From my side I had a little problem with the firewire because my PC only see partially the table detected by windows (like when you plug a USB device), but invisible in the audio and impossible Device Manager to load the driver ASIO Alesis Cubase. After 3 weeks of mail exchange with the service Alesis UK they determined that it was a problem of incompatibility between the driver of my firewire PCI VIA chipset and driver ASIO Alesis. I bought a FW card with Texas Instruments chipset and the problem was solved.

What I like about this table it is mostly the sound card hand that can record simultaneously 16 independent tracks in Cubase. I do not know of any other model in other brands that allow less than 950 € (Presonus for example).

And the icing on the cake can be enjoyed on stage of Cubase insert effects, especially valuable for voice in order to have a balanced sound (Noisegate, Compressor, EQ, Vocal Rider, doubling the track with supercharging and light distortion, reverb, delay, etc ...), in short all the processing is usually done during a mix. To do so, simply snap on each slice of "Mute Alt 3/4" button at the fader "main mix" to press the "2TK to mix" button, and Cubase enable the monitoring of tracks to be returned to the table to stand in sound system.
In the end the table faders are used to manage the entry level, the Cubase mixer channel manages the mix that is sent over the sound system.

Small problem, however, for the management of stage monitors: if one branch returns like me on the output "send to", it comes out that the gross sound without Cubase treatment, no way not to use the effects of the table to the despair of singer singer who want to get along with reverb. I have found no other solution than to insert a small external effect rack so that they have the compression and reverb on their voices in their returns.

For integrated effects in the table: I only used them once (before I solve my problem incompatible firewire card).
There are 99 presets in total (Hall reverb 10x - 10x reverb Room - 10x Plate Reverb - Reverb Chamber 10x - 10x Chorus - Flanger 10x - 10x delay - 10x pitch - etc). Of course we can not only select a single, common to all tracks. I admit I have not really made the difference between the different reverb that sounded all more or less the same, which are anyway not editable.
I use Cubase rVerb or TrueVerb (home Waves) where everything is customizable, it's another planet, nothing to do with the integrated effects at the table! But hey, when no PC side, it's better than nothing.

Conclusion: Alesis Multimix ceased production of 8-12-16 there a few years ago, I mean those that multitrack recording. Instead they have released since the series "FX" that only allow recording of the mix in stereo, one wonders why. I think it was to reposition itself from the competition that is bcp more in multitrack recording.
Anyway for a low price opportunity is great stuff in terms of sound quality and possibilities with the couple Cubase PC-shuttered it.

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