#1
I can't decide if I want to get a mixer or audio interface for my home studio.

These are the two Im looking at.

Audio Interface:
http://www.zzounds.com/item--TASUS1641

Mixing Console:
http://www.zzounds.com/item--MACPROFX12


The mixer is a little cheaper, but I which one will give me the best sound quality? Or are they about the same sound quality? I was also thinking if I got the mixer I could use it for live performances too... And my band is going to record one track at a time like they do in professional studios, so yeah. The mixing console is definitely more attractive, but which one should I get and why?
#2
Quote by Zach101
I can't decide if I want to get a mixer or audio interface for my home studio.

These are the two Im looking at.

Audio Interface:
http://www.zzounds.com/item--TASUS1641

Mixing Console:
http://www.zzounds.com/item--MACPROFX12


The mixer is a little cheaper, but I which one will give me the best sound quality? Or are they about the same sound quality? I was also thinking if I got the mixer I could use it for live performances too... And my band is going to record one track at a time like they do in professional studios, so yeah. The mixing console is definitely more attractive, but which one should I get and why?


I think the mixer has more utility, but the A/D D/A converters are probably not as good as the dedicated interface. It's really a matter of which would you use more.

Just a side note, who says professional studios only record one track at a time?It's not uncommon to record the drums and bass at the same time, or bass and guitar, or full band all at once. In fact, almost every country recording has the full band play at the same time. It saves time and money, and it lets the players get a feel for the music through each other. I've seen a country session that had Drums, Bass, piano, organ, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel guitar, violin and vocals all recording at the same time. Granted, they weren't all in the same room, that would cause massive bleed, but they all recorded at the same time, something like 30 tracks.
Quote by Teh Traineez0rz
yeah was weird cause she liked us both but she loved him and for some reason she let me know beforehand.

i just wanted her poon and she wanted me to have her poon.

so i had myself some poon.
#4
Quote by Matt420740
Like I said in this thread where you got this idea - https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1330948 I can't tell the difference between recording through my mixer, or an interface. Keep in mind that I am using an aftermarket Soundblaster X-Fi card to run the mixer into. A good soundcard makes a world of difference.


When you use your mixer through the sound card, the sound card is your interface at that point.
Quote by Teh Traineez0rz
yeah was weird cause she liked us both but she loved him and for some reason she let me know beforehand.

i just wanted her poon and she wanted me to have her poon.

so i had myself some poon.
#5
Quote by Shirate
When you use your mixer through the sound card, the sound card is your interface at that point.


Yes basically. Works well, and you have the added EQ of the mixer to play with.
#6
Its really just a manner of personal preference. You can get great, professional sounding results with both. My set-up involves having a mixer as the center of my studio and connecting it to my Pro Tools interface so I get the best of both worlds (flexability of a mixer and the conversion of a dedicated interface). Having the mixer in the set up allows me to control all the levels and signal flow going both in and out of my studio from a single device without ever having to switch cables around. Plus the mixer allows you to record with true zero latency.