Side by Side: Newsroom Mixers


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It seems every station has a need for a compact audio mixing setup, whether it's in a newsroom, an audio ingest station (we used to call these dub stations) or small production room. They can also be used for co-host positions in an air studio. Calling these newsroom mixers is somewhat limiting given they often have uses outside the newsroom.

But like every mixer discussion today, there are two approaches: the stand-alone console and the audio network control surface. We include both in our search. Obviously, the raw hardware investment for a stand-alone mixer will be less than a surface designed to interface with an audio engine, but there are advantages to both. The control surface will tie to an expandable audio network, and with that comes the flexibility of tying into that network.

Every console manufacturer makes a small-format console of some flavor, but we looked specifically for models that are rack- or turret-mounted. Arrakis, Harris, Logitek and many others provide small mixers that certainly could be used in the newsroom setting. Some could even be mounted in a rack.

But for the purpose-built rack- or turret-mount options, we gathered specs on five models that offer a wide range of features and functions.

Model
Alesis iMultiMix 9R
Axia Raq
Dixon M-250 MKII
SAS Rubi-T
Wheatstone SideBoard
Channels/faders
7
6
7
3 to 21
4 or 8
Audio inputs
5x mic/line, 2x stereo line, tape in, aux return
2x mic, 8x analog line, 1x AES3, 6x Livewire ports 2
2x mic, 1x mono line (balanced), 2x stereo line (unbalanced), 2 stereo line (balanced), 2x talkback, off-air input
32 channel I/O with RioLink
minimum 8 3
Input note
Includes iPod dock 1
Livewire ports are bidirectional I/O. One engine can accommodate two Raqs.
Front-panel 3.5mm input jack
Rack mount accepts up to 10 modules because of rack width.
Inputs on Blade are RJ-45 and DB9. One Blade can accommodate 2 Sideboards.
Channel display
-
yes
-
some modules
yes
Phantom Power
48V
48V
48V
-
48V w/ appropriate Blade
Channel on/off
-
yes
mics, phone and computer inputs
yes
yes
EQ
2-band per channel
per channel
-
-
-
Cue bus
-
yes
yes
yes
-
Audio outputs
stereo main, stereo monitor, 2x aux, Pod video
4x analog line, 1x AES3, 6x Livewire ports 2
stereo program, mix-minus, sound card interface, monitor
four mix busses
stereo program, stereo audition 3
Headphone out
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Talkback
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
Options..
USB audio interface
turret or rack
turret or rack
Size
3RU
4RU
2RU
4RU
4RU
Meters
10-segment LED
OLED bargraph
10-segment LED
24-segment LED
20-segment LED
URL
alesis.com
axiaaudio.com
dixonsystems.com
sasaudio.com
wheatstone.com

1. iPod connector fits iPod 5-7, Mini 1-2, Nano 1-5, Touch 1-2
2. Using QOR.16 engine
3. Specific inputs and outputs depend on audio network.




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