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Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire

MultiMix 8 FireWire, FireWire/USB/mLan Mixer from Alesis in the MultiMix series.

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 9 reviews )
 6 reviews67 %
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melodeast12/08/2014

melodeast's review"Great for mobile recordings"

Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire
Perfect to record multi-track gigs live. Connected via firewire to a laptop you can retrieve the separate tracks for analysis or mixing.

Very transparent, it offers an array of send/return effects (by a prestigious digital effects brand), from reverb and chorus to delay and pitch shifting.

The preamps start getting noisy halfway, but if you manage well, you shouldn't need to go beyond that. The EQs do their job in a transparent way.

In short, it's ideal for tight budgets who wish to
- mix live
- record everything on multiple tracks
- record rehearsals
- and certainly many other applications, which I haven't tried out.
wondering11/22/2011

wondering's review"I recommend it!"

Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire
4 channels with preamp and phantom power + 4 jack channels (2 stereo) without preamp.
General VU-meter, FW and jack outputs.
The details can be easily found online!

I use it only for recording, so I never use the EQs nor effects, I prefer to do all that within Logic Express.

USE

The console is really easy to use, very intuitive!

The manual is pretty brief, but I don't think you need anything more.

I've uses it with cubase, garage band and, nowadays, with logic express. It has always worked fine. I have never had compatibility or reliability issues.

I bought it to record my drums at first, but I now record rehearsals and small live gigs (piano solo, for example), too.
It has also served as the foundation for a small home studio for my band where we record with a more comprehensive setup than on rehearsals (and onto multiple tracks). I record my drums, but also vocals, grand pianos, bass, acoustic and electric guitar...


SOUND

To me, the sound is transparent and clean enough, no complains here!
With the gain pot beyond 2/3 the preamps are a bit noisy, however I've never had the need to crank it beyond this point during two years of use.

OVERALL OPINION

How long have you been using it?
I've been using it for two and a half years.

Did you try any other models before buying this one?
Yes, a couple of models here and there (M-audio and rme soundcards).

Which feature do you like the most / the least?
The number of preamplified inputs, although if I had to, I'd buy the model above (with 16). The fact is that I have a pretty large drum set (4 toms, lots of cymbals, electronic pads, and percussion) and when I have a recording session with lots of mics I love to play with their placement (room mics to give depth to my sound, 2 mics on the kick + snare (with phase inversion)), however I solved this issue buying external preamps, which allow me to have some good preamps and use the line inputs for mics.
With additional preamps and 8 inputs there's plenty to do if you get creative.

How would you rate the product's value for money? Based on your experience, would you buy this product again? ...
Unbeatable! When I bought it was the first FW mixer at this price point and, to be honest, I was surprised by the results for the money!
As I wrote above, I would probably buy the same series, but the model above, with more inputs.
I recommended it to a friend of mine who is also very happy with it. When we have big sessions we borrow each other the mixers since you can link them together via FW, which increases the number of inputs by two.
MGR/Billy02/21/2011

MGR/Billy's review"Alesis Multi Mix Firewire 8"

Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire
This is the Multi Mix 8 Firewire edition made by Alesis. It is a non-powered mixing board and recording console all in one. I bought it to record a decent demo for my rock band.

It appealed to me because I can use it live as a standalone mixer as well as record with it via Firewire into Cubase LE which is included with the purchase of the mixer.

I needed something that could record at least four tracks so I could record drums how I wanted to. I also wanted a easy to use software than Pro Tools. Also I was using a PC so the pickings where slim.

I paid $299 for this setup. The Mixer, cables and a power supply for the mixer. Also I got a manual for Cubase which was more than helpful.

Use it as a stand alone mixer or recording console. It pretty simple to setup. I didn't have to pull my hair out. There was no unwanted latency.

The preamps aren't pro level by any means, but they sound good. I like that you can get a decent sound on the mixer then send it into the computer (less mixing later)

None, just make sure your computer has a firewire port. My Dell did but a few computers do not come with them. No big deal a firewire port isn't expensive or hard to install.

Rock solid. I have had this for 2 years now. It traveled and got knocked around plenty in my laptop bag.

The knobs are firm and well marked. The power switch is right next to the Phantom Power switch so if you turn it on and hear nothing odds are you hit the wrong power button.

Records up to 8 channels into Firewire. Not many home studio units offer that in this price range. Great sounding board that has lasted me.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
Morphe77711/08/2007

Morphe777's review

Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire
It's perfect for what I do. I have a small amateur home studio and have a tonelab (tube preamp) and a behringer tube MIC200. So I have more than enough inputs.

I never use the effects on the mixer.

I give it 10/10 because it's perfect for my use as an amateur, pros should definitely looks elsewhere.

USE

It's my first mixer/soundcard.
I've had some incompatibility problems with the audigy of my pc, but nothing serious.

What I love about this mixer is that the usual controls are directly accessible with the rotary knobs. That's actually the reason why I chose a mixer/soundcard rather than a rack-mountable and/or internal soundcard.

I love to have the controls within easy reach and not to be forced to change windows on Cubase to increase or decrease the volume and change other settings.

The manual isn't perfect. It lacks some clarity for beginners regarding some points, but it's nevertheless very useful.

I give it 9/10 due to the manual.

SOUND

As for transparency, it seems transparent to me, but I don't have the means to verify it.
I obviously have a different sound when I connect my tonelab to my Hot Rod Deluxe amp (with the same preset), but I think that has to do more with the coloration of the amp rather than the transparency of the soundcard itself. So I say yes.

It's not too noisy unless you really crank the knobs all the way up ;-)

I don't think the EQ is particularly precise and I prefer to use those of Cubase, which I think are more precise.

Most of my guitar takes (PRS CE 24) have surprised everybody who has heard them due to their quality. So I think it can be considered a good soundcard. 10/10 ;-)

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using it for about 10 months.
What I like the most is the ease of use, the different inputs and its particularly short latency time. In short, its effectiveness.

I informed myself about other models, but unfortunately didn't test any of them.

To me, the value for money is excellent, because the quality is excellent. Sturdy gear.

I had to contact support due to a glitch I had during recordings. They replied the same day and were really effective. It was not grounded properly.

I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again because it covers all my needs.
Tamino09/24/2007

Tamino's review

Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire
Not rack-mountable, small (8"x8"), separate power supply.
4 mic/line channels + 2 stereo channels. 3 EQs on every channel, one low-cut, effects send and return.
XLR mix input, everything else on jacks.
Built-in effects
Sampling at 24bits/48khz max.
General phantom power.

For the rest of the details go to Alesis' website.

USE

Very easy to use. It's very handy to have a set of switches to route the signal to the speakers. Be it the mix or the firewire return. There's a general mix level pot + a control room pot (not bad!).
The second firewire port to connect an external HDD is also very useful. It's prefect for a laptop with only one firewire port. Great idea.

The only thing I would criticize ─ at least considering what a mixer at this price point can offer ─, is the lack of Mutes on the tracks. When you use the mixer as a standalone unit, you really miss it.

SOUND

The preamps are pretty transparent, rather clean, but not very powerful.
Which can be a real pain with low-output mics.

OVERALL OPINION

I've had it for several months. I needed a simple souundcard for when I'm writing songs, knowing that I have "good gear" for recording. Browsing around I found this product, which seemed a practical solution to connect the speakers and a player and work without latency, but I could also use it for live recordings. In fact, I put in a backpack my ultra-portable PC, the mixer, two pairs of headphones and various cables. The only thing I need to carry by hand are the mic stands.
For less than $300, I think this product is impeccable. No issues during installation. The only drawback is that it doesn't have "mutes" on the channels.
Jamian08/25/2007

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

Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire
Small table mix non-rack, 4-way mono + 2 Stereo + Firewire. XLR or Jack on the momo, on Jack Stereo, Tape in and tape out in the CAR. 3-band equalizer non Settings, bank effects on non-adjustable hand mix.

Exactly what I needed!

UTILIZATION

Installation is no problem with the drivers on the CD Submitted. Cot table mix, it is not trs diffrent other, and found its mark simmdiatement. Manual level, I have not had need, but to have it slip it looks clear. But be careful: although the installation guide is in French, the manual is available in English REFERENCE ...

Some points ngatifs After a few tests:
-I know it was for aps forcment prvu but Cocotte does not seem to be apprcier uses sound card for some games. A small PC reboot required a session of APRS dgommage alien or whatnot ....
The hand-potentiomtres mix control room and tend to cut first the left lane when they are positioned low trs. When one wants to listen MODR volume you have to go through a software CONTRL volume and it's heavy. I SETTING THE apprci one volume for the track firewire (which is all the time back ...).
Nothing essential in short, but quite dsagrable ...

SOUNDS

This table is transparent enough to satisfy my ears anyway. The breath that it introduces into the control room output can become audible in pushing the volume so high that any sound output explode your speakers, headphones and your ears by the same occasion. So no worries this level l.
I have yet to sufficiently test the equalizer to speak ...

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 8 hours in the morning time when the gentleman from La Poste sonn. I like: not having an external sound card stacking table mix, able to record all entries on multiple tracks at the same time, Firewire is much less than USB lours grate, and perfs at a arises!. I dislike: that damn dsquilibre low volume on the CTRL ROOM OUT ...
Level qualitprix report, the price Thomann (280), it's perfectly acceptable! Given the number of sound cards firewire Reduces Chres not currently available, I think I would do this choice.
tanpalomino02/07/2007

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

Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire
We therefore here make a mixer that will act as sound card if you plug a computer through its FireWire port. See reviews in regard to pramps, because I know nothing. And then the connectors for the photo will tell you everything. know that the rear firewire There's the catch, the power supply and the switch on / off. each track has a jug that I qualiseur very effective (again I know nothing so good ...). there is a small section with 100 mutlieffets prrgls effects (delay, flanger, chorus, chos) of rather good quality, but it seems not adjustable. therefore useful for dpanner live, and to badger the front of his sound card (called 'I'm your first "with the pitch (because n 76) and you have the voice of Darth Vader).

so it's a fairly complete hardware. I am not really see what could be missed. knowing that I bought it to record a live band, I find damage px qu'y'ait pramps than 4 (so we can save only 4 microphones, the other tracks can only receive signals pramplifis j), but hey I knew it by buying it, it's not that I want to alesis but the socity gnrale. in addition it may be my mixer (the day on a sound system and I would not ptite console as I now amplify ca me is useful).

UTILIZATION

I plugged into my computer (do not forget to download any latest drivers from Alesis on their website prior to ac), and does everything by itself. apparently it's not the case for everyone, but for me no problem. ika's not a piece of furniture, anything.

the manual is in French trs limited and rather zero. The reference manual is in English and is fairly complete. the "troobleshootings" (frquents problem) you take a little time for a con ("problem: the table does not turn; diagnosis: How well is connected to AC power?").

with respect to the tale I suppose it works like any other mixers, and that's really not complicated. I had some confusion as gentleman below me with the main mix and ctrl room but you soon realize. (There's also a top issue on the forums).

then the lil program about the driver can configure qques lments (latency, bit rate) simply trs. there's no configurable options bcp but I guess qu'y'a qu'y'en no reason to have more. it melts cubase without any problem (I use no small LE comes with all zero but a big fat SX2).

SETTING THE card to allow me to go without bug 2ms latency. pretty cool right? yet my config is not monstrous laptop toshiba centrino 1.7 ghz with 1GB of RAM. Only if this latency is actually low trs on cubase, I do not explain it but I can not drive down to wavelab. it is standard (like 1s). Who knows ...

edit: I described all this in a lil problem with his (blocking qques milliseconds every 2 or 3 minutes) I thought of a configuration problem. in fact not. I asked the technical support alesis which tells me it's my firewire cable which is a 6 pin / 4 pin (no choice on a laptop), and advises me to buy one of the coup PCMCIA card with a 6-pin socket.
ca frankly bored, and my bill is going to fall ...

SOUNDS

- The console is transparent?
it is not black. (Arf not funny I know)

- Introduced she breath?
DCEL no. I feel even less there than my old edirol DA-24/96 that silent yet he parat a good map!

- The qualiseur is it effective? ...
yes, I would say no more. basically it is ptetre shit I know.

and then for pramps I really px not comment either. by plugging my guitar and pushing back the gain even get a nice distortion but not at all (logical, not for AC). to bring the guitar live, it is better to let the gain 3 / 4 and use a VST amp simulation genre.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for about two months.
I like: it does everything I wanted it to do, it's a good sound card, and there are plenty of buttons (and I like it when there are plenty of buttons).
I do not like: the farmhouse, ketchup and filet-o-fish
before buying it, I had a sound card edirol DA-24/96 that satisfy me fully, but I changed to this one because I spent a laptop config. pramps now I have two more, and a mixer. I see a level no real diffrence.
qualitprix excellent report. plus ca not seem to be sham. there's not as versatile as the price l.
c'tait choose carefully rflchi for quite some time. I chose the 8 tracks instead of 12 because I wanted to carry it often and that was enough for me 8 tracks ca. exprience with this choice I do it again without hsitation.

edit: this problem (see use) compltement change my view of the product, I wanted to have a system that works perfectly but I sound cuts right rgulires against which I do nothing px except by purchasing more stuff. I am a student, not rich, not happy.
zefif10/17/2006

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

Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire
See website

UTILIZATION

As a beginner, I had a little trouble me at all these buttons do ..
Anyway, after some minutes I was there ...
I'm a little mixed between the main mix and remote ctrl but I got there fast enough ...

As usual AC plugs alone on the Mac, and the firmware update was done without any difficulties.
Garage Band is plug it like to laugh, I do not use the sound card's built-in Mac everything goes through the multimix.
MacOs thank you!

SOUNDS

Previously I had a little box preamp M-Audio USB ...
This is the day and night
My hp and my headphone is a new found youth.
the sound back is great, the sound is better, fast access to the equalization and panning.
I am amazed!

OVERALL OPINION

I am delighted!
Remains of course to more than € 400 is not cheap.

I have to test, on loan from my music store, I keep it!
scorpio6911/25/2005

scorpio69's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire
I just bought the firewire multimix8 today and I am very satisfied ..
Very compact but still allows to manage up to 8 voice studio so the perspective is quite sufficient. Level connectivity is extensive: RCA, XLR, Jack .... There are 99 preset effects that are excellent but can not be set.

UTILIZATION

The general configuration may be easier ... in 5 minutes you are familiar with the table .. (see photo)
Big downside: installation and general explanation is in french but the manual explains how to manage the side firewire .. so the most important, is in English!

SOUNDS

I did not detect a breath and equalizer seems to me so efficiently

OVERALL OPINION

Before that I had bossé table in the evenings with a Yamaha 01V then a table numlérique ca .. has nothing to do about it but I would say I prefer the ease and convenience of multimix8. Especially it brings more heat to the sound.
Level money I think the report is excellent