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Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire

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

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 22 reviews )
 13 reviews59 %
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Audience: Beginners Value For Money : Excellent
songboy11/17/2009

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.



UTILIZATION

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.

SOUNDS

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.


OVERALL OPINION

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.
Morby12/05/2014

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.
PMS Musique06/03/2013

PMS Musique's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The good stuff"

Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire
Not rack

8 mic preamp, 8 stereo voice, 1 stereo main output, 1 stereo for voice transfer, the two outputs, headphone jack.

1 equalizer voice 3 settings.

UTILIZATION

Simple "use, not need the manual for the current one can know for a minimum use a mixer.

SOUNDS

The mic pre amp work very well, no breath, no parasites, accurate gain settings, ditto for the inserts.

No adjustment gains for stereo voice.

Potentiometer good.

OVERALL OPINION

Used for 1 year (almost) home studio, but also benefits.

I chose this table because it transfer to a pc or mac via firewire cable digital tracks each independently of the other, which I use for recording.

I have two that I put in series, which allows me to save and restore 32 separate tracks that happiness.

Choice I do it again without a doubt, this is an excellent value for money, shame Alesis no longer offers this model.
joman12/07/2011

joman's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Multitrack sound card 16 tracks at a good price!"

Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire
All information has been given previously ....

UTILIZATION

- Installation on Mac OSX Snow Leopard very simple: just get the latest driver from the Alesis website. Recognized directly in Logic Pro or Garage Band.
- Think about buying a FireWire 400 (output table) / 800 (input Macbook pro from 2010 to 2011) or an adapter.

The use of the table is very simple! not need to open the manual (although I have to do it for my old Mackie CFX12 or routing is different)

SOUNDS

The microphone preamps are OK, they just blow into a corner, but whatever the table in these budgets, we must avoid to go that far!

Although not parametric mids (frequency setting), the 3-band EQ is effective.

Unclear whether the console is transparent, it depends very much on the sound system on which the branch, microphones used, the quality of cables ....
But for me, connected to my system Powerworks Powo (2 satellites + subwoofer amplified 15 "), the sound is very correct, and does not make me regret my Mackie CFX12 was a very good restaurant at any level.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for four months, after having had a Mackie CFX12 was a very good restaurant, very full at any level (EQ, connection options, subgroups, EQ on the master, and More to insert). I sold it because I wanted a table allowing me to record a demo in a home studio or live concert .... this is the big advantage of the large Alesis, multitrack recording.

Use:
- Conc sound bar type '/ small rooms (200 people) (connected to a Powerworks Powo)
- Home studio recording / live

Feedback:
Sound:
- It works very well, despite the lack of parametric equalizer mediums.Il do not need to insert (add a compressor on a track or other) because the table does not offer! One to connect AUX returns, so everyone will have the same mix of return (if zikos are demanding, it can be a problem)
But for concerts in places small (about 100-200pers max) is sufficient. I think just buy a rack to have 8 preamps / microphone jack, because you can not connect stereo microphone jack on the table

Home studio:
Nickel! so convenient to have the ability to record two 16 tracks simultaneously, with good sound, and no gallery for the configuration.
Note that even sound: buy 8 preamp microphone provided for cases where I need to record 16 tracks simultaneously microphones.


Summary of Benefits:
- Compact size and light weight
- Super stable firewire interface on Mac OS 10.8 Snow Leopard
- Multitrack recording (separate tracks) 16 tracks = 2 18pistes!
- Bargain price
- Integrated multi-effects
- Ease of use
- Much cheaper than a sound card with 16 inputs!
- Can serve as home studio sound (with some limitations though)

Summary of disadvantages:
- No insert (can be a problem for the sound system)
- No parametric midrange EQ (useful for certain instruments to sound live)
- Effects not definable, but fortunately the 100 presets provide a good variety of different reverbs (which I use most in PA)
- In only 2 (1 for the internal multi-effect one another (for example to connect a return)
- No graphic EQ on the master (very useful in sound)
- It has 8 mic inputs with preamps and 4 stereo input jack (ie 8 input jack mono ).... I would have preferred more input and less stereo microphones ... but what is done in this price range.

REVIEW: excellent value for money, with some limitations for the sound (only if you want to make large rooms)
Run buy it! FireWire version is no longer marketed, replaced by the USB2.0 version. You can find the firewire version very cheaply used, jump at the chance!
velvetcalling02/19/2011

velvetcalling's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very happy with my purchase"

Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire
For every feature has already been said ... I had already

UTILIZATION

mutimix 8 USB 1, so I had an idea of what to expect. But I think the handling is pretty easy, I have not had to use the manual. Fortunately, as it is in English and the fact there is not French. I find it it not very cool ... :-(
Since I started in the field, I still find it difficult to know what are some buttons (ALT 3 / 4) but ... I'm doing.

For connection to PC, things get complicated ... In short, without going into details, you must first install the drivers and immediately update the firmware for the upgrade to version 2.
After it works with the version of Cubase LE comes. Except that I feel that we can not put the 18 tracks.
I tried Audacity, but I failed. I

SOUNDS

relatively little experience with tables in general. I hear a slight hiss when all Knob snt thoroughly, but it's very manageable.

OVERALL OPINION

I am very happy with this table. I will use it with my band to record some rehearsal and concert. With this table I can finally record my drums:)
jetlag11/02/2010

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

Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire
everything has been said about its description. Despite its fragile appearance, she holding up, surprisingly.
In the jungle of these products, it is well placed.

UTILIZATION

Once taken in hand, the ultimate in home studio recording and live amateur.

SOUNDS

Sounds correct; little breath unless you type in the gain. Arpe is not high-end preamp nNo more.

OVERALL OPINION

Used for two and a half years in a home studio, I had more than once wanted to throw in the trash because of the instability of drivers. And then I passed Windows 7 and there is no problem.
serelion12/16/2009

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

Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire
characteristics have already been addressed I will not dwell on the possibilities of the beast.

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The effects section is nice if you do mumuse seen but I've never used live or in recording ...

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Good equalizer (along I have not tested either of mass)

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For use in a large home studio no problem but for live it misses 1 or 2 insert ... at least for compressors and esser good but it is not really designed for live

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UTILIZATION

Ultra easy to use. I did not even read the manual (at the same time ... I had not bought second hand ^ ^)
Everything is very affordable! same time are not 10milles functions too!
Regarding the connection with the PC when the drivers are installed it lighter and is recognized instantly in cubase ... Royal!

SOUNDS

I do not have a lot of elements of comparison but I found no problem of sound, no breath sounds or I use it with micro base Beringher of SM58, a Kit7 samson battery, an electroacoustic ibanez , various pedals live (zoom G7.1ut Pod XT Live), a synth and a bass DI and absolutely no problem! Whether live or in recording

The firewire interface is very convenient WHEN IT DOES I had problems with my laptop for a while and have to go on a fixed ... not coool!

I only use a maximum of 8-track recording (16 track is much too ^ ^) and it's very nice to have separate tracks in Cubase I leave the EQ flat, and I do not use that plugins to achieve my goals. Sound really clean enough models for a cd I think

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for over a year and I do not regret my investment (bought for € 310 ocaz) the model of my group (pop / rock) was recorded with and I recorded two other groups (one metal band and an acoustic duo) no problems to report so I find it very flexible.
She also ene October 1 this year to live and also no problem even if it is limited to our level of fans is more than enough.

In short I am satisfied with this table mix even if it is no longer for sale if you think of ocaz go ahead if you fold on the USB version ^ ^

(-1 For problems Firewire)
Seb Rasher03/31/2009

Seb Rasher's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" While useful, but not ultimate."

Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire
8 XLR microphone inputs (or row) + 4 Stereo line inputs.
3-band EQ for each.
Intgre effects section, but not taken into account in multitrack recording.
Sampling supposed to go up in 24-bit 48000Hz, but for now I do not go russi del 44100Hz 16 bit recording with squenceur provided.
Included an installation CD with drivers (Windows and Mac OS) and Cubase LE.

UTILIZATION

Premire is my mixer, and before I had ever come close to trs prs.
I use it for multitrack recording in Cubase.
The grip is quite simple, just look at it with a semblance of logic.
Everything is accessible.
The manual is in English, just a quick start guide in French that it is always advisable to read but is trs brief (5 pages small, not really saturated info).

SOUNDS

Same happens when the console a bit of breath when you start bringing the gain and volume limit, but it is rare to get this, especially when there has been a battery or a guitar amp properly pushed.
The equalizer is okay, but not amazing either. Let's say that a can be used.

OVERALL OPINION

I bought it in December 2006 but I REALLY use since June 2007.
What I like most:
- The number of tracks available
- The simplicity of use
What I like least:
- Drivers trs unstable backgrounds, and some updates, I fix on the December 2006 drivers who pose no problem at the squenceur hachurent but the sound when I try to use it in soundcard, especially when I play a video.
- Cubase LE 1.0.8, which, despite being supplied with a table 16 tracks, only to record that ... 4 tracks simultaneously. A call of foutage of mouth. Especially when one knows that other models from home with only Alesis Stereo main mix output comes with a version of Cubase LE, which has no limit of number track simultaneous recording.
The ratio quality price is right, even if it is prvoir possibly buying a license Cubase worthy of the name.
With exprience, I'm happy with the hardware. Less happy, however, part of the drivers / software that lets frankly DSIR.
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edit on 2 June 2010: I have been in pass pro 64-bit Windows 7. Did not find drivers for Windows 7, I use the drivers for XP / Vista September 14, 2009 (v.3.4.2.6300). This works well plutt, except when I sometimes cuts and my Multimix "disparate" suddenly. I do not know if this is the instability of the drivers (it would be surprising is
Right?) Or the quality of my new firewire cable. Software level, I rcemment lch Cubase and its policy of "all restricted except for those who can afford" to adopt REAPER, more lightweight, stable, and above 12 times cheaper. With a few clicks novices, my Multimix is ​​recognized and I can record without problem in 24 bit 48000Hz (except that now it is my hard drive is too slow, but, that's another story).
Ramses2805/16/2008

Ramses28's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire
See below, not the courage to rcrire.

I put 8 / 10 because no insert, even if it's not super important given that its purpose is to save as cubase or other of the 16 tracks. Cubase and there are enough insert! It's just a shame for live.

Another important point from which t said before, the drivers are unstable if you use the table as a sound card for windows. We must therefore continue to use the internal sound card for sound and use the windaube multimix your squenceur. It would be nice if the problem is corrected in the next few drivers.
APRS these rglages is stable trs.

UTILIZATION

- The configuration gnrale Is it easy?
I found a simple arch.

- The usual functions are they easily accessible?
Well yes as all the tables.

- The manual is clear and sufficient?
For those who speak English yes. Even when there is a quick start guide in French;)

SOUNDS

- The console is transparent?
- Introduced she breath?
- The qualiseur is it effective? ...

So yes overall a fine, but then for people who like to see the red LEDs lighted, will not do it, is the breath! If it is wise, kind in the -3 db, no breath. Must not ask too much, it's not the mackie, yamaha, or ssl digidesign! For that price, it was not a complaint. In terms of equa I rlement test but not seen is nose ^ ^

OVERALL OPINION

I have been using ... only yesterday.
What struck me about this table is to be able to record channels in a sparment squenceur.
I have not tried other models, and if j'tais rich, I took a n12 from Yamaha or a Mackie Onyx 1620 with firewire card. But for that price, I went around, there's no better.
The report quality and unbeatable prices I think, bought 398 in toto. I liked when testing the same phonic helixboard.

- With the exprience, you do again this choice? Yes no hsiter with the same budget, not with a less restricted budget.
05/15/2008

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

Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire
On paper it's beautiful
A 16-track recorder for really cheap

USE

USELESS!

The drivers are simply unusable !!
How is this mock client ???

SONORITS

What the cot, a will, not too much breath has left when even amateur!

NOTICE GLOBAL

Frankly, go your way, you'll be in trouble with this sound card!
I often read bad things about Behringer on many products I've used, and I have never found justified!
But frankly, without being a pro computer, even when I think I know dbrouiller with a PC; I tell you sincerely, consider buying something else!