#1
Ok so my band needs a mixer for recording our music and i need to know a few things.

What is the difference between powered and unpowered? is there stuff one can do that the other cant, or is there a quality difference?

Are these good mixers:
http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Behringer-Xenyx-1204?sku=631269

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-8INPUT-STEREO-MIXER-WITH-DIGITAL-EFFECTS?sku=630139

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Peavey-PV8-Mixer?sku=631367

Also, we only need to hook up 2 guitars and a bass and two mics (one for drums and one for vocals)

once we get a mixer were set.

Thanks everybody for helping!!!
#2
If I'm not mistaken a powered mixer is a preamp by itself, whereas a regular mixer needs either a preamp or active speakers for the PA. If you need firewire or USB connection, I haven't seen powered ones with em only regulars (maybe they exist, but haven't seen em) That's all I know (or have heard)

EDIT: Check out the Alesis 8 channel USB/Firewire, maybe you'll like it, my friend has one and uses it for his band's recording. Can't say much about those you pointed out
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Last edited by Skywalker007 at Jan 10, 2009,
#3
I record using the line in on my pc, is there an advantage to using usb?
#4
what kind of computer do you have?
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Quote by cwl
I record using the line in on my pc, is there an advantage to using usb?


Well, using line in provides you with one channel, but when using usb/firewire (or recording separetly) you get all the channels apart, allowing later separate editing, this is good when you don't want everyone to play separately, but together to capture the real power of the sound.
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#6
Quote by victoryaloy
what kind of computer do you have?


uhh...i dont even have a clue.
i know it has windows xp home on it.
i use audacity to record little songs by myself. maybe ill get flamed but oh well.
Last edited by cwl at Jan 10, 2009,
#7
I you want to use line in you also should have a decent audio card
Audacity is very much OK to start with (no need to buy expensive software when you don't use all the extras, right?)
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