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Alesis MultiMix 12 FireWire 12-Channel Analog Mixer   

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Enough channels for the band and FireWire recording!

This dual-purpose unit is a FireWire interface with real faders, knobs, and EQ, and it's also a rockin' standalone analog mixer with quality Alesis effects and flexible signal routing. Each input channel on the mixer (plus the stereo mix) is sent into your computer and a stereo output is received from the computer for monitoring. Its versatility will fit your needs in your project studio, for live sound, portable recording with a laptop, sub mixing, and radio/TV production.

You get preamps with XLR and 1/4" balanced ins and phantom power on mono channels; balanced 1/4" ins, aux send, and stereo aux return on stereo channels; 28-bit effects; 3-band EQ on each channel; 1/4" balanced main and monitor outs; a headphone jack; and 24-bit, 44.1/48kHz A/D/A conversion. Steinberg Cubase LE is included.

From studio to stage

The MultiMix FireWire lets you record your band during the day and mix your live gig at night. Every input plus the stereo mix is sent to the computer while a stereo pair returns from the computer into the MultiMix for monitoring (and headphone mixes).

24-bit, 44.1/48kHz operation

The MultiMix uses the same A/D and D/A conversion as the esteemed Alesis HD24 recorder--clean, pure, and totally professional conversion.

Next-generation FireWire technology

The MultiMix uses the brand new, high-performance TC Applied Technologies Dice II FireWire chip. Superior clocking, state-of-the-art interfacing, and robust drivers all come standard!

Alesis effects built in

The MultiMix FireWire has 100 of Alesis' 28-bit digital effects built in. Reverbs, choruses, delays, and other effects can be mixed into your recording path or just used for zero-latency headphone mixes (the performer hears reverb in the headphones, but the track is recorded dry into the computer).

Rack it up

The MultiMix is rackmountable, with easy-to-attach rack ears available.

FEATURES
  • Compact 12-channel analog mixer and FireWire computer audio interface
  • 4 mono channels
  • 4 stereo channels
  • XLR and 1/4" balanced ins and phantom power on mono channels
  • Balanced 1/4" ins, aux send and stereo aux return on stereo channels
  • 100 - 28-bit preset effects: reverbs, delays, chorus, flanging, pitch, and combos
  • 3-band EQ per channel with high/low shelving and mid bandpass/reject
  • Smooth 60mm faders
  • Separate 1/4" balanced main and monitor outs
  • Headphone jack
  • 24-bit, 44.1/48kHz A/D/A conversion
  • Premium Dice II FireWire chip
SPECIFICATIONS

MultiMix 12 FireWire 12-Channel Analog Mixer

  • Rackmountable
    13"W x 13-3/8"H x 3-1/4"D (331mm x 340mm x 80mm)
    7-3/8 lbs. (3.4 kg.)
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3.6

(based on 20 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Value - minor gripes

I didn't experience any problems installing the Alesis Multimix 12 firewire mixer on my Celeron 2.8ghz Laptop. I made sure I downloaded the lastest drivers & firmware updates, followed the instructions and that...Read complete review

I didn't experience any problems installing the Alesis Multimix 12 firewire mixer on my Celeron 2.8ghz Laptop. I made sure I downloaded the lastest drivers & firmware updates, followed the instructions and that was it! I didn't install the software as I have Cubase VST and after assigning all 14 inputs did a recording test and I was amazed - no glitches whatsoever.I did have a problem however, Cool Edit Pro won't recognise the 12 channels and I have heard of problems with other software, so check this out first.I have noticed some minor problems (to me they are) with the mixer itself: When you mute any of the channels (alt-3/4) the signal is removed from the control and main outs as you would expect, but not from the firewire channels (except main outs) - this may cause some confusion if you were doing a live multichannel recording with the view of doing a mixdown later - you would have to remember which and when channels were muted.The other minor annoyance is upon powerup it doesn't remember the effect that was last used. Apart from that It's a fantastic little mixer.Previously I had a Behringer FAC-202 firewire box and needed more channels - I'm blown away at the value!.Solid build except for the knobs - If it wasn't for the fact that the sliders and knobs are a bit flimsy I would have taken it to bed that night!!If you need to do multichannel recording and can't afford the Mackie Onyx - Buy It.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Alesis Multimix 12 Firewire

Trying to use it was a nightmare. I downloaded the new drivers and attempted to use, but had to instll and uninstall several times. I heard playback for a while, then the audio...Read complete review

Trying to use it was a nightmare. I downloaded the new drivers and attempted to use, but had to instll and uninstall several times. I heard playback for a while, then the audio card disappears out of cubase. I'm using cubase 4. I'm trying to do some recording and have been frustrated by the constant instability of this product. I'm using a dual core 2.0 ghz machine running xp pro, maybe that has something to do with it? However, the specs stated that it work with XP?? Not to mention that I had to switch from Vista, doesn't work with that at all, to XP and still I have these problems and no response from Alesis support all day?? Guess what sounds too good to be true, usually is....

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4.0

Works great for my small home studio

By crt

from Pasadena, CA

I've had this for a few years now and it's working great! I did have some trouble with Windows Vista and then again with Windows 7, but it has always worked fine with Windows XP (and a TI-chipset firewire card). Alesis recently released new drivers and they work perfectly for me in Windows 7. I have used it with Cubase and GarageBand (on OSX10.5), but it's easiest to get going in Adobe Audition.

 
2.0

Issues

By brt

from Boise, Idaho

This product is difficult to get working with Sonar (I tried 2.2xl and 7)... It takes a considerable amount of fine tuning to get the buffers configured properly to avoid clicks in the recording. I've had it working at one point, but never reliably. Now, whenever I try to record with it, it causes my computer to shut down instantly. I borrowed a friend's M-audio 1814 and didn't have a single issue, and using this for preamps into it.

 
3.0

lower cost - lower quality

By homemusicmaker

from Bethlehem, PA

I bought this a year ago for a small home studio for family enjoyment. I really wanted the firewire component and that limited choices. I decided to try to limit the budget since I really did not know how much use it would get and this was my first setup. It performed adequately, though there was more noise than reasonable unless the volume was low. this has worsened over the year and vairies between inouts. We now consider only 3 of the inputs quiet enough to use. the other channels have just too much noise to tolerate. I now wish I bit the bullet and spent more the first time.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Alesis Multimix 12 Firewire

By FDee

from Atl

Trying to use it was a nightmare. I downloaded the new drivers and attempted to use, but had to instll and uninstall several times. I heard playback for a while, then the audio card disappears out of cubase. I'm using cubase 4. I'm trying to do some recording and have been frustrated by the constant instability of this product. I'm using a dual core 2.0 ghz machine running xp pro, maybe that has something to do with it? However, the specs stated that it work with XP?? Not to mention that I had to switch from Vista, doesn't work with that at all, to XP and still I have these problems and no response from Alesis support all day?? Guess what sounds too good to be true, usually is....

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Don't waste your money!

By Chad Clark

from Port Byron, IL

I am commenting to save other people from wasting their money like I did. DO NOT BUY! It is a fine mixer, but it totally sucks for recording. You will spend more time troubleshooting than actually recording, IF you ever get it working for an extended period of time. I have lost countless hours over the last six months fighting with mine. In forums, I have seen many other people experiencing the same problems. Alesis really bombed on this one. It looks too good to be true because it is! If you want 4, 8, or 12 tracks of simultaneous recording, pony up for a decent digital interface from a credible manufacturer.

 
5.0

Great purchase

By canook

from Mesquite, TX

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Great purchase for the hobby studio. 12 channel mixer and digital interface for this price, works for me. I was concerned when I read some reviews of people having problems, escpecially with Sonar, since that is what I am running. Contacted Alesis tech support before I bought, they confirmed that it works with Sonar. I installed the updated drivers and firmware from the Alesis website and everything has been fine. I can record multiple channels simultaneously (some people reported problems). I recommend for the project studio crowd.

 
5.0

Works VERY well

By oVER

from jackson, MI

I set this mixer up on my powerbook g4 and it was extremely simple. I downloaded the latest firmware and drivers from the alesis website and did that first thing. I would recommend doing the same. Works great with ableton live with all channels working properly. There is only one problem I have and that is the firewire cable itself. both male ends have short connectors causing it to sit loosely in my firewire port on my mac. I compared it with another cable laying around and it was at least a few mm's short. Not a huge deal, but I doubt anyone wants to lose the connection during the middle of a recording. Other than that this is a GREAT product.

 
5.0

Nice Addition to my Studio

By Josh-QJzY3

from Wilmington, DE

While you might not find this mixer at Abbey Road, it certainly offers a lot of bang for your buck. With bold red and blue knobs, rounded gray buttons, and black gloss finish in places, the mixer looks like something from a 1960s sci-fi movie. But aesthetics aside, this is a powerful piece of equipment. Crystal clear sound, sturdy knobs and faders, and a plethora of on-board effects for live sound purposes. To use the firewire connectivity, download the lastest drivers and firmware (Vista is supported!) from Alesis. The instructions included with the driver update superceed those in your manual. Follow the new instructions and you will be fine.

 
5.0

Best Value for A/D/A mixer

By clutchbeyers

from Rochester, MN

Although setting up the Alesis Firewire with some PC's can be tricky (especially with my Dell laptop), most desktops work well with Alesis hardware. Following the steps in the instructions and then updating the driver from Alesis website is all you need to do. Automatically recognizes the hardware and installs all necessary components. One of the few mixers that have firewire/usb 2.0 capability. I am not a huge fan of the DAW systems because it is more natural to do editing and mixing on a PC. From that standpoint, it is top of the line for any small recording setup and truely eliminates the need for many hardware devices. It has its own built in Analog/Digital converter, 2 firewire ports for even faster connection between your micer and PC, and allows for mulitple tracks recordings at one time!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Value - minor gripes

By Stevo-ZAu60

from Melbourne Australia

I didn't experience any problems installing the Alesis Multimix 12 firewire mixer on my Celeron 2.8ghz Laptop. I made sure I downloaded the lastest drivers & firmware updates, followed the instructions and that was it! I didn't install the software as I have Cubase VST and after assigning all 14 inputs did a recording test and I was amazed - no glitches whatsoever.I did have a problem however, Cool Edit Pro won't recognise the 12 channels and I have heard of problems with other software, so check this out first.I have noticed some minor problems (to me they are) with the mixer itself: When you mute any of the channels (alt-3/4) the signal is removed from the control and main outs as you would expect, but not from the firewire channels (except main outs) - this may cause some confusion if you were doing a live multichannel recording with the view of doing a mixdown later - you would have to remember which and when channels were muted.The other minor annoyance is upon powerup it doesn't remember the effect that was last used. Apart from that It's a fantastic little mixer.Previously I had a Behringer FAC-202 firewire box and needed more channels - I'm blown away at the value!.Solid build except for the knobs - If it wasn't for the fact that the sliders and knobs are a bit flimsy I would have taken it to bed that night!!If you need to do multichannel recording and can't afford the Mackie Onyx - Buy It.

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