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Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular  

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The MutliMix 8 USB FX compact mixer comes with built-in effects and doubles as a computer recording interface so you can mix, record, or do both at the same time. Whether you are mixing a band or sub-... Read More

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The MutliMix 8 USB FX compact mixer comes with built-in effects and doubles as a computer recording interface so you can mix, record, or do both at the same time. Whether you are mixing a band or sub-mixing a group of inputs, such as a drumset, the MultiMix 8 USB FX is easy to use, rugged, and packed with features. Offering microphone inputs with phantom power, guitar-direct inputs, and line-level inputs for connecting everything else, plus a wide range of effects, the MultiMix 8 USB FX delivers clean audio to your PA or recording system with hassle-free computer connection.

This dynamic mixer features four XLR inputs with independent gain pots on channels one through four. These XLR inputs also have a switchable phantom power option to accommodate both dynamic and condenser microphones. TRS Line inputs are also available on all eight channels. New to the MultiMix 8 USB FX is a high-impedance input on channel two, which allows direct connection of a guitar or bass. This is a great convenience for singer/songwriters looking to get a clean, "hot" signal. A Tape RCA stereo input is also included adding the ability to mix in audio from other sources such as a CD or LP player.

MultiMix 8 USB FX includes an internal effects processor to quickly and easily add new colors to your mix. Reverb, Delay, or Phaser can be dialed up simply by adjusting the pre- or post-fader knobs located within each channel strip. MultiMix 8 USB FX also contains Aux Out and stereo Returns, as well as Insert jacks on channels one and two to allow for audio to be processed by external effects engines. This gives you an impressive amount of routing options in such a compact size.

Like the other mixers in Alesis' MultiMix USB series the MultiMix 8 USB FX contains a complete USB recording interface. Musicians and engineers can plug its class-compliant USB connection into their Mac or PC without installing any software drivers and enjoy a digital-direct stereo connection with virtually any audio software application. It enables bidirectional stereo signal, so musicians can record the stereo Main output into their computer and listen back using the mixer as an interface from software to headphones and monitoring loudspeakers.

A number of key design improvements are included on the MultiMix 8 USB FX. Enlarged knob-to-knob spacing improves ergonomics and in-use efficiency. The newly designed mixer introduces a sleek new appearance for the MultiMix series and incorporates removable end caps, which can be helpful for squeezing the mixer into smaller spaces in tightly packed setups. In addition to its improved signal-to-noise ratio specifications, the new mixer consumes 36% less power than its predecessor for reliability and energy efficiency.

Features
  • 8-channel mixer with mic, line, and guitar-level inputs
  • 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz stereo USB output for easy recording and playback from your computer
  • XLR inputs with gain trim, switchable high-pass filters, and 48V phantom power
  • 1/4" line-level inputs for instruments and high-impedance guitar input for direct-connecting guitars
  • Powerful EQ: 3-band with sweepable parametric mids on channels 1 and 2, three-band on 3 and 4, two-band on 5 - 8
  • Built-in DSP effects with footswitch bypass control and AUX buss for external processing
  • Multicolor LED metering for visual level feedback
  • Main and headphone outputs with independent level controls
  • Class compliant, plug-and-play USB for Mac and PC interface without installing drivers
  • Includes Cubase LE software
  • Includes
  • MultiMix 8 USB FX mixer
  • USB cable
  • Power supply
  • Software CD
Specifications
  • Minimum System Requirements:
    Mac: OS X
    PC: Windows XP, Vista, or 7
    USB port
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One year parts and labor warranty on all keyboards, DAT, and modules.
One year or 1500 hour warranty (whichever comes first) on tape heads.
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AlesisMultiMix 8 USB FX Regular
 
3.5

(based on 11 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

USB Recording + Mixer Madness = Oh Yeah, Alesis, Yeah!

I just put the Alesis Multimix 8 USB FX to the ultimate test yesterday and recorded the whole band live. I am very pleased with the results. It's a great mixer for amateur...Read complete review

I just put the Alesis Multimix 8 USB FX to the ultimate test yesterday and recorded the whole band live. I am very pleased with the results. It's a great mixer for amateur recording, I use mine with Logic Express 8 on my Mac. You just have to make sure that your mix is really balanced at the mixer level because you only get a stereo main out to your recording software, but just monitor it and do a couple test runs to make sure each channel is balanced. I also use my Alesis to play iTunes music or Pandora through my PA speakers. The FX are cool, makes it easy to add a little reverb to the sax, you can only do one effect at a time though. For the price, it is way better than any USB interface that I have owned (Lexicon Omega or AudioBox). It did take a couple days to figure out how to use everything correctly, the manual wasn't great.

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Poor Quality

I was sold on this product's features. Perfect for small studio live performing and recording, all at a reasonable price. However, the quality is very poor. When I first tried out the...Read complete review

I was sold on this product's features. Perfect for small studio live performing and recording, all at a reasonable price. However, the quality is very poor. When I first tried out the unit it seemed to work great. After two minutes of using the effects, it hissed with static for 10 seconds and the effects stopped working. This happened on all channels with all effect types. As a result, I returned it to the store the following day. Guitar Center gladly gave me a full replacement. One minute after plugging it in, the power adaptor went up in smoke and it is useless. The power adaptors aren't anything you can simply pick up at your local electronics store to replace either. I'm giving up on Alesis and will consider the Behringer Xenyx 1204 USB or the Peavey PV8 USB.

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5.0

Can't beat it for the price, I love this thing!

By Josh

from Akron, OH

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Accurate Controls
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

    I've had this board for about two years now. It's been used to record via the USB interface, for lots and lots practice time, and a handful of live performances. It has held up wonderfully, I get great sound out of it, and the effects are worthwhile. For the price, I honestly couldn't ask for more.

    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Compatibility with Windows8

    By Norman

    from Fort Worth, TX

    Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

    I purchased this item last year well into the Windows 8 life cycle and I cannot get it to work with the Windows 8 operating system. I've tried two different Windows 8 computers and just can't get the sound to come through to my computer. I've tried to contact Alesis support and have heard nothing back from them in two days. I'd love to rate this higher but based on functionality that does not work and responsiveness of their support I can only give it two stars. Frustrated Buyer.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Just great!!

    By damian luna

    from Houston, Tx

    Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

    I purchased this item about a couple of months ago and it still works as if it is brand new. I am a drummer so I bought a whole mic set as well and the mixer not only gets great sound with the drums but even vocals, guitars, and bass as well!!! The downside is you may have to record every track separately but other than that it's great!!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect so Far

    By Kyle Hughes

    from Chandler, AZ

    Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

    As stated in so many ways by others, this is a mixer, not an 9 channel A2D via USB input box for DAW software. Yes, it has a USB port, but it's just for feeding the end-result sound out to a PC for something ruff or minimal. IMHO, a mixer isn't even part of home studio-to-DAW recording equipment, it's for mixing sound from multiple sources into a single set of speakers, or what-have-you, for live performance or practice. If you're truly using a decent DAW software package, mixing will be done via the computer during post processing, not with a mixing board on the way into your DAW. That being said, this has worked perfectly for me thus far. I bought this so I could plug a couple mics, a guitar (see the special channel 2 guitar button), and a keyboard into my guitar amp so the family could practice at home before performing on stage at church each Sunday. Being able to add a little reverb on the mic tracks is just a bonus for our practice sessions. The sound is coming through clean, knobs are nice to work with (Alesis improved the spacing in this model), and all is well. The unit feels very solid, looks sharp, and does what it's designed to do perfectly (mix) at a minimal cost.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Not recomemnded

    By James Murphy

    from Feeding Hills, Ma

    Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

    I bought the Alesis as an inexpensive way to record guitar tracks using Cuebase on my computer. I had many issues with background noise, and most notably a severe latency issue (with USB interface) while my instrument was plugged direct into the mixer. For some reason the playback was a couple of seconds late. I tried decreasing the latency in my program, but it would not make a difference. Even tried downloading different audio drivers. Alesis support did admit to the issue, but was no help in finding an acceptable solution. As the saying goes; "You Get What You Pay For".

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    This is NOT the USB 2.0 product

    By Bradford Hadley

    from South Berwick, Maine

    Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

    I love my Alesis Multimix 4, and have several other Alesis products. I almost ordered the Multimix 8 USB listed here, assuming it was the 2.0 version. They really should have named the USB 2.0 products to clearly differentiate the two lines. The product listed here is USB 1.0-level. This means that it sends just two channels (L-mono and R-mono or one stereo signal). The USB 2.0 product sends 8+. So if you are looking for something to send multiple channels to your DAW, like Garageband, look for the other product. If you just need stereo output, or are using for a live performance mixer, this is a great product at a great price.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great starter board with a lot of value for the money.

    By Robin Stonestreet

    from Evansville, IN

    Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

    I bought this to do some live recording using my MacBook Pro and Garage Band. The quality is very good and the audio is very clean. The effects work well with Garage Band. If you are starting out recording this little board will teach you the basics for a very small investment. The limiting factor for the board is the USB output into Garage band. Only two tracks can be recorded simultaneously. I was told that the USB algorithm will only accept two tracks at a time. This has been a very easy issue to work around and I don't have enough facility or equipment to record more than two tracks anyway. I have mixed up to six channels during a live performance with output to a PA system. It does a great job as a mixing board right next to my amp that I can adjust during performances if we don't have a sound man. I am very pleased with the Alesis Mutimix 8 USB FX. Once I upgrade to a FireWire input to my Mac with Pro Tools I will probably use Alesis as a mixer for acoustic drum set for the band. If you are on a tight budget this is a very useful piece of equipment.

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Not a good buy.

    By Dan

    from Reno, NV

    Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

    If you're looking for serious effects, this is not the mixer for you. I purchased this to replace my old Alesis Multimix 8 USB 2.0 (not because it broke or malfunctioned in any way, although I wouldn't suggest plugging in two Alesis USB mixers to the same computer, it'll ruin the preamps in the bigger mixer of the two) and was very disappointed at the effects. Given, it is pretty much half the price of the USB 2.0 but..the effects are pretty much nonexistent, at least from what I've seen. I am very much considering taking it back in order to purchase another Multimix 8 2.0. I guess what I'm trying to say is, just spend the extra $150; you'll be very glad you did.

    (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice mixer fort the money, Questionable effects though!

    By Ismail Mehmeti

    from Chicago, Illinois

    Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

    When I first purchased this cute little mixer, I thought that it would serve the one man band purpose. As I performed live, it started knocking sounds which I could not figure out where they were coming from. After I reduced the effects, the knocking sounds stopped. I realized that I needed another mixer with effects that night. Later I figured out that when you use the effects, the processor gets over-heated, so I put the mixer on the top of an inexpensive $9.00-$12.00 fan and it runs effectively.

    (18 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Poor Quality

    By Brian

    from Baltimore, Maryland

    Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

    I was sold on this product's features. Perfect for small studio live performing and recording, all at a reasonable price. However, the quality is very poor. When I first tried out the unit it seemed to work great. After two minutes of using the effects, it hissed with static for 10 seconds and the effects stopped working. This happened on all channels with all effect types. As a result, I returned it to the store the following day. Guitar Center gladly gave me a full replacement. One minute after plugging it in, the power adaptor went up in smoke and it is useless. The power adaptors aren't anything you can simply pick up at your local electronics store to replace either. I'm giving up on Alesis and will consider the Behringer Xenyx 1204 USB or the Peavey PV8 USB.

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