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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wondering 11/22/2011

Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire : wondering's user review

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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.