The Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire is an 8-channel analog mixer/FireWire interface with 4 mono channels, 2 stereo channels, and rotary faders. You get preamps with XLR and 1/4" balanced ins and phantom po... Click To Read More About This Product
The Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire is an 8-channel analog mixer/FireWire interface with 4 mono channels, 2 stereo channels, and rotary faders. You get preamps with XLR and 1/4" balanced ins and phantom power on mono channels; balanced 1/4" ins, aux send, and stereo aux return on stereo channels; 28-bit effects; 3-band EQ on each channel; 1/4" balanced main and monitor outs; a headphone jack; and 24-bit, 44.1/48kHz A/D/A conversion. Steinberg Cubase LE is included.
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I've owned the Alesis Multimix 8 Firewire Mixer for almost 2 years. This was my first home recording effort. I intended to use it with a Dell Inspiron 9300 laptop for mobile recording, but had difficulties with the laptop's 4pin firewire interface. Alesis Tech-Support was slow, but helpful-good guys. Works perfect on my desktop PC (2GHz P4, 1.5GB RAM). Packaged w/ Steinberg's Cubase LE makes a complete recording solution. Easy to learn; my first 4 track recording in 3 hours out of the box - w/ effects & "flying-fader" automation (in Cubase). More RAM makes a HUGE difference for >12 tracks. Sound quality is excellent. 4 mic pre-amps w/ XLR-ins on CH1-CH4 are great; low noise. Built-in reverb sounds good. The USB version of this mixer will not allow independent multi-track recording - The FW version is the only way to go. You'll need to upgrade Cubase LE in order to record >4 live channels simultaneously. I'm a guitar player, but you can become a "whole band" with this mixer & Cubase, overdubbing track after track. I paid close to list $$$ when this mixer first came out and feel it was well worth the money. The new lower $$$ makes it a steal! No 1st time home musician could possibly be disappointed, as you can drop big $$$ on a lesser "sound card" solution that isn't a mixer. Has many uses as a stand-alone mixer w/ no PC. It's an amazing little box!
I purchased this mixer to do some home demo recording. But, we also use it for our mixer during rehearsal. We can't run everything through it but it's a whole lot easier and smaller for our rehearsal room. The pots on the mixer are a little cheep feeling. The pot for the effects always feels like it's about to break off. But since you have to push it in to change the effects, i guess this is just the best they can do. The built in effects are OK but they lack any adjustments. The pots are a little noisy. I wish it had sliding faders but for the price, i can live with this. 8 inputs and all recordable. I have no need to keep switching inputs. I have my whole studio running through this little box. And i must say, i love it. Since i run on a PC not a Mac, i have had a lot of trouble. It will not run across a mini Firewire cable even though they say it will. I tried in on two laptops with built-in mini Firewire and a Desktop with both Mini and standard Firewire. After hours of trial and error and forum searching and attempted support calls, i changed cables and everything worked. So much for live recording on my laptop. It comes with Cubase LE. So, out of the box you can record 4 simultaneous channels. If you need to record all 8, you can upgrade or purchase a different recording package. I had problems with Cubase recording an playing MIDI. I can now record but it wont play back. I think this is a PC and Cubase problem. It has nothing to do with the mixer.
Great Mixer for a reasonable price. Firewire is the way to go and the Cubebase LE software is easy to use. If you want to Mix, and Record, with multi tracks, then burn a Music CD on your computer it's awesome. Be sure to read the manual, it makes life so much easier.
A compact, affordable analog mixer with FireWire. The Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire is an 8-channel analog mixer/FireWire interface with 4 mono channels, 2 stereo channels, and rotary faders. You get preamps with XLR and 1/4" balanced ins and phantom power on mono channels; balanced 1/4" ins, aux send, and stereo aux return on stereo channels; 28-bit effects; 3-band EQ on each channel; 1/4" balanced main and monitor outs; a headphone jack; and 24-bit, 44.1/48kHz A/D/A conversion. Steinberg Cubase LE is included.
This mixer is a great piece of equipment to record drafts at home. If you wanna record yourself and hear what your band sounds like, i recommend one of these mixers. You can connect the firewire to your computer, and use a recording program to record the live input...and suprisingly, the sound quality is pretty good. I was very impressed when i saw this at my friends house. I borrowed it so i could bring it home, and record some music that my band plays. Its a great piece of equipment that connects easily. It doesn't create much feedback, and it sounds wonderful. I recommend this to anybody who just wants a reliable mixer.
Overall this is a great analog mixer. First all it offers true simultaneous recording, meaning that all eight channels plus two main mix channels can show up as separate tracks on your computer, which is great for post-production. The quality is great, pretty much produces no feedback. I would suggest getting this model rather than the USB or USB 2.0 version of this mixer. The USB model can't record simultaneously. The USB 2.0 can record simultaneously, but USB 2.0 isn't as stable as FireWire 400. There are some minor flaws to the mixer though. The software that enables the hardware on your computer didn't work, so I had to go on the Alesis website and download an ungraded version of the software. The Cubase LE software always crashed on my Mac and my PC, and I have 10 GBs of RAM on my Mac Pro desktop. But that wasn't a big deal because I use Logic Pro at home. I wish the mixer also had XLR outputs, but you can buy 1/4 inch to XLR converters. This was a much better deal than my Pro Tools Mbox (which I only use to access Pro Tools on my lap top when I'm mixing for work outside of work).
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