#1
I want to buy a cheap mixer to do some home recording with. I already have an m audio interface so i was wondering should i buy a mixer with a usb output to run straight into my computer or should i buy a normal mixer and just run the line out into my interface?
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#2
Use a mixir to go into your interface. Thats what Iam running and got some awesome sounds from drums and guitars and bass! Recorded my bands upcoming album with 1 Mic, a mixer and an interface of the lexicon kind. So go for one that not usb... And there cheaper.
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#3
cool man, did you just run the mixer output into a chanel on the interface?
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#4
Firstly, are you sure you need a mixer ? How many inputs are you recording ?
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#5
yea Why do you need a mixer?

Most noobs think you need a mixer to record when in reality there are only a few things a mixer is useful for in a home digital studio.

If you have an interface, just plug into that. If you need more inputs, either upgrade your interface or if you must, go with a standard analog mixer and run the out of that to the inputs of your interface.

USB mixers will only mix down and send a stereo track to your PC, they are not worth the price they sell for IMO...
#6
i need 2 inputs for sure, possibly 3 though. and i just want a better way of eq'ing and mixing my tracks than the software does
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#7
Try an interface like the Behringer BCF-2000...that looks and feels like a mixer, and updates itself according to the software.
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#8
that unit is only a control surface, not an interface...
and it wont move around with most computers for whatever reason, (I've read this in reports).

If you want 3 inputs I suggest looking for a new interface. EQing out of the recording program will kill your sound quality, (depending on your hardware) and cause you to re=record if you decide to change some things down the road in the song.

I know it may be tempting to get loads of outboard gear and hardware..but its really not needed with the great sequencer programs out there these days such as Cakewalk Sonar. You can get some great sound with little cost while "mixing in the box".

As for interface, most come with 1 or 2 inputs for XLR but m-audio has some interfaces with 3 or 4 inputs on the front panel...You may want to look into those.

If you are using windows XP or a mac, look into the Mackie Onyx Satellite
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#9
Okay i just have a mixer i found and run it into a Lexicon Alpha (1 in input) I run it out of the Main out on my mixer to the input on the interface. I run about 4 out of 6 inputs to record drums all with individual EQing.
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#11
Quote by ccatrackstar
i need 2 inputs for sure, possibly 3 though. and i just want a better way of eq'ing and mixing my tracks than the software does


Not such a great idea.... once your tracks gone into the inteface past the mixer they will all be mixed together and you won't be able to make/reverse any changes later.

You should probably stick with recording the tracks separately and then using the software to mix. It might take more getting used to but in the end it is worth it.
#12
Quote by moody07747
that unit is only a control surface, not an interface...
and it wont move around with most computers for whatever reason, (I've read this in reports).


The TS wanted a way to use a mixer so that it'd be better than using the mouse to adjust levels in the software. As for the movement...it's hard to say whether it's the hardware's fault or lack of configuration in the DAW.

The Satellite's a good idea. The only caveat is that it has to be docked before he can use stereo sources. If it turns out he does need more than three inputs, and they have to be microphone preamps, he may need to get a separate preamp and connect that to a line in...perhaps to this Focusrite.
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#13
Quote by Fast_Fingers
The TS wanted a way to use a mixer so that it'd be better than using the mouse to adjust levels in the software.


You can get USB control surfaces, can't you? Like a physical thing that controls your software, if that what your finding difficult TS.
#15
It's not ideal, but I use the controls on my MIDI keyboard as a control surface, for the levels and panning etc. If you have one, then you could try that approach.
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#16
are there any control surfaces that are reasonably cheap that would work well with garage band? i'd like to stay under $100 if possible
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#17
Well, I don't think you're going to find much for that price, as they're a pretty specialist thing. You could try the approach I mentioned.

There's a few for a reasonable price, but I haven't seen much for the price you're looking for.

http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/behringer-bcr-2000-b/12902
http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/page/shop/flypage/product_id/3826

I like the look of the second one, which is quite a bit over your budget. The first one is too, but less so, and should work ok. Bear in mind you'll have to be fairly competent with your software to set this up, because from my experience it can be a bit tricky in some sequencers.
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#18
Behringer makes two control boards:

one is $200, the other is $130. Im sure you could find them both on ebay at or under $100.

With lower price comes lower quality though and this is what has kept me using my mouse while mixing although I have been saying up for something like the AlphaTrack or FaderPort.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/compare?base_pid=241847&base_pid=700841

I like the idea of writing the automation to my tracks using an actual fader, seems faster than a mouse IMO. I will probably go with the AlphaTrack since it's got mo features.
#19
so i was actually email by a guy who lives in my home town today and he has a mixer he wants to get rid of for $50. it is the behringer ubb 1002. is it a good deal or not, should i take buy it or just not worry about it?
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#20
That mixer goes $100 new on store shelves around here and on the net. I'm sure its a good deal but I really don't think a mixer will help you much...

I really think Yamaha MG mixers are better than Behringers as well...

Once again, look at what you are trying to do with your setup and then figure out if you really do need a mixer. If you are just looking for hands on control compared to a mouse, a control surface will be best and work much better than a mixer.
#21
hmm so i looked at the m-audio i-control interface for that works for garage band and i liked the looks of it. has anybody actually used it and does it work well?
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#22
Ive never used it myself as i run a PC but it looks like a nice unit and MF has good ratings on it.
I would look it up on harmony-central.com and see what its ratings are.

I do tend to trust M-Audio. Any piece of gear I used with their name on it has worked without a single problem.