Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire
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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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Tamino 09/24/2007

Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire : Tamino's user review

5

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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.