The Mackie HMX-56 is a six channel headphone mixer, primarily designed for use in the studio. I only used one of these for the first time recently as I started working with a new producer who has this in his studio for headphone monitoring. I think that this is a somewhat new product from Mackie, but I'm not sure about this. Previously I had only used more traditional Mackie mixers for headphones, but perhaps they took the hint and designed one specifically for headphones. Each of the six channels has a 1/4" output for headphones and has four different input channels so you can control each person's mix separately. Each also has an overall level mixer and an effects return control. Another cool feature is that it actually comes with instrument labels so you can label each channel easily. Other connections that it has include 1/4" jacks for effects send and stereo return as well as 1/4" connections for the four source input channels and two 1/4" outputs for your mains. The whole "matrix" is pretty easy to understand and once you've got it set up you're pretty much good to go for a while. It's really the perfect little mixer for your home studio, although I'm not sure it would be ideal in larger studios as it doesn't provide remote access to the controls of your headphones mixes, so the engineer would have to dial in for each person. For larger studios I'd suggest something like the Private Qs if you can afford them, or even just getting a few traditional Mackie mixers to have at each station. Also, the price isn't too expensive as is usually the case with Mackie products. Overall, in smaller studio settings the Mackie HMX-56 is ideal and is a superb and inexpensive option for providing everyone with headphones mixes!
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Djezeking's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
APRS one month wait (mail by land from Canada), I just got it. Well, it was worth the wait, especially since, helping the dollar, this amp my headphone is less than 170 euros, including converter. This table comes with a Korg D888 complment (use of direct outputs).
In a block of 21 x 23 cm that exudes solidity we have a well stocked mlangeur plutt: four main entrances which may be added via Stereo 1 between the insert. It is even possible to enter another signal stro but it is SETTING THE dpourvu of gain and its usefulness is questionable. on the other hand, tight deadlines to use the Stereo Returns of the insert.
But the main advantage RSID is that the 6 headphones can receive any signal branches. That, I think a big plus compared to other competing products. Thus, each person has the possibility to hear mono inputs + 4 Stereo 1 between the level he wants for each entry, indpendamment other listeners. In dpart, it's a little gas but the factory supplied magnets help the select, and we crafted for customized labels makes case for slices.
At the cost, the TRS is good, at least, comparable to the headphones of an Onyx Satellite with a larger gain. The location of the headphone jacks in faade IDAL t have but one dtail.
At 300 euros, it is obvious that I would not have made the acquisition, but as it is not found in France (and Europe), the purchase across the Atlantic is carrment profitable. Moreover, it seems that Mackie (not the very first time ....) is a little wolf in price positioning and is now selling off the table. I pay 180 Canadian dollars when the former selling price still silent on the bote ... $ 296.00! Too bad also that Mackie has not made a universal table by giving it a power supply 90-240 V The purchase of a converter is required, but as it uses little, It is not necessary to invest in a large MODEL trs.
Without hsiter, I would do this choice. With three singers, so we have the possibility to listen the guitar and three voices, the rhythm of cymbals bonus if ncessaires with 6 outputs, nothing prevents you to connect back to the 3 headphones remaining.