Side by Side: Compact Mixers
Radio is all about mobility. We’re finding new ways to deliver audio from the field via smaller and smaller connected devices, but we still need to attach more than a single microphone. You need a compact mixer.
For our comparison, we looked at models that had two microphone inputs, although we found units that only had one. (One manufacturer’s smallest model started at four mic inputs.) The mixers below also have larger brothers in their series.
All the mixers have stereo outputs. Some have effects or monitor sends. The models with sends could be set up to provide a main feed on one channel and a mix-minus on the other. All models offer some EQ. The two-band choices have sweeps at 80Hz and 12kHz. When a third midrange band is offered it is centered at 2.5kHz.
All these models have external power supplies. In another installment of Side by Side we’ll look at battery-powered options for total mobility.
|Model||Alesis MultiMix 4 USB||Behringer Xenyx 802||Mackie 402-VLZ3||Samson MDR624||Peavey PV 6 USB|
|Inputs||1 mic/line/guitar,1 mic/line, 1 stereo line||2 mic/line, 2 stereo line, stereo tape||2 mic/line, stereo line in, stereo tape in||2 mic/line, 2 stereo line, stereo tape in||2 mic/line, 2 stereo line|
|Input pan control?||yes||yes||hard switch for input 1 left & 2 right||yes||yes|
|Outputs||stereo line TRS||stereo main TRS, stereo control room TRS, stereo tape RCA||stereo line out, stereo tape out||stereo control room out, stereo main out, tape out||stereo control room out, stereo main out|
|Headphone out||1/4" TRS||1/4" TRS||1/4" TRS||1/4" TRS||1/4" TRS|
|EQ||2-band on inputs 1&2||3-band on all channels||2-band on inputs 1&2, low-cut switch on inputs 1&2||3-band on all channels||3-band inputs 1&2, 2-band inputs 3/4 & 5/6, 80Hz low-cut on main output|
|Sends||none||1 post-fader per channel, TRS output||none||1 pre-fader per channel, TRS output||1 post-fader per channel, TRS output|
|Returns||none||stereo TRS inputs||none||stereo TRS inputs||stereo TRS inputs|
|Special Features||USB audio I/O||-||Mounting holes for Atlas AD-11B mic stand adapter, instrument input setting on inputs 1&2||-||USB audio I/O|
|Power||10Vac, 500mA||±18.5Vac, 300mA||±18.5Vac, 410mA||±18Vac, 600mA||15Vdc, 500mA|
|Size (w x l x h)||6" x 7.75" x 2"||7.4" x 8.7" x 1.9"||5.8" x 7.3" x 1.6"||7.36" x 10" x 2"||7.55" x 9.717" x 2.7"|
|Other models||MultiMix 6 USB, MultiMix 8 USB||Xenyx 502, Xenyx 1002, Xenyx 1202||802-VLZ3, 1202-VLZ3||MDR1064||PV 6, PV 8, PV 8 USB, PV 10, PV 10 USB|
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