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Old 18th June 2008 , 11:16 AM
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I need to get a mixer and have always thought that mackie was the most solid.
Are any of the other smaller mixers as solid or hard wearing as mackie?
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Old 20th June 2008 , 10:07 AM
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Is robustness the main feature you're looking for donkey? I'm guessing you're looking for portability as a primary function if so...
Can you give our team a few more specifics as to other features you require focus on that may be important for you (connectivity, versatility, sound quality, mixing/recording etc..)
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Old 2nd July 2008 , 09:12 PM
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take a look at the studiocraft m series.
good features, robust, very good sound,excellent build quality and
priced well
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Old 2nd July 2008 , 09:29 PM
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behringers Xenyx series mixers are fantastic for sound quality, and if its kept in a mixer case you'll have no problems with it.

I've taken mine to quite a few gigs as well as recording and sent vocals and instruments through it and have had great comments about the sound!

Deffinately one to look into
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Old 5th July 2008 , 01:58 AM
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The best advice here is get a good case - whatever mixer you end up with it's bound to get dropped or have something dropped on it eventually. I use Soundcraft myself - great sound quality and pretty much bullet proof (not literally of course).
Allen and Heath are also good value and along with Soundcraft have a great spares setup so servicing is not a problem.
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Old 5th July 2008 , 05:38 PM
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best one ive used are the yamaha digital ones ive had my pro mix 01 now for years and its still working great with excellent results i just saw the jxl vs elvis video and he uses one in that video you can get the for around 200 pounds on ebay or you could get one of the mw series or mg series both come with cubase ai4 software and contain usb ports do you can transfer over audio direct to your pc here look ..

Yamaha MG166CX USB Analogue Multi-Purpose Mixer at DV247.COM
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Old 6th July 2008 , 07:50 PM
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If this is going in a studio and nothing else then i would suggest looking into a Toft mixer as theyre really really nice, although your not gonna get the mod cons of motorised faders just a sweet sounding, warm piece of analogue gear. If thats not in your budget look at a Soundcraft Spirit, not the quietest of desks but i like their characteristics and theyre built solid.
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Old 7th July 2008 , 09:16 AM
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I'd have to second the Yamaha digital mixer, I have had an 01v96 for about 3 years and before that I had the 03d.

What I love about digital mixers is that if you run out of inputs, you can add something like a Behringer ADA8000 and (as long as you have spare ADAT i/o), 8 more inputs/outputs (up to a total of 40 inputs on the 01v96)

You can also throw away almost all of your outboard gear and use the built in effects/dynamics.

Digital mixers do take longer to learn but imho taking the time is well worth it and once you learn to 'drive' an 01v96 then you can pretty much go straight to any of the other (larger) Yamaha desks without too much trouble. Also if you do get lost, Ronny and the other guys on the yahoo 01v96 forum are very helpful and full of really good advice.

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Old 7th July 2008 , 12:02 PM
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yeah phil your right..the built in effects are excellent the pro mix 01 has 2 digital effect banks built in also conpressors/gates/exciters..all fully editable with full automation ..the in built memory bank stores all scenes and movements you do so you get instant recall next time you turn it on..and there built like tanks mega heavy if mine fell off the desk itd end up in the kitchen lol.
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