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The ultimate do-it-all mixer!
The Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire 16-Channel Analog Mixer is a dual-purpose unit: it's 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.
MultiMix 16 FireWire 16-Channel Analog Mixer
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Most Liked Positive Review
I have recently bought the mulitmix 16 firewire. Its pretty good. The nice thing is the multitrack through firewire. This is way better than the usb mixers out there that only send a...Read complete review
I have recently bought the mulitmix 16 firewire. Its pretty good. The nice thing is the multitrack through firewire. This is way better than the usb mixers out there that only send a left/right stereo output to the computer.The features are pretty good, but it lacks a few nice things:-seperate left/right main mix faders-gain on the stereo channels (in the manual it says that stereo inputs rarely need a boost but I beg to differ)-channel inserts-main mix eq-more busesOverall Impression:I like it a lot. A complaint would be that the faders and knobs seem somewhat wobbly but not too bad. As for the in and out connectors, they are solid and feel very positive. The construction of the case and body of it seem very solid, and if you take good care of it, the wobbly knobs should be okay.My Advice:Look at what you are using it for. If you are recording a small/medium sized band using multitrack firewire on the multimix12 this cant be beat for the price. If you get the 16 input like mine, its just more people jamming at once.A word of caution: If you are using it more for live stuff and can live with just a L/R stereo recording, I would suggest the Behringer Xenyx 2442FX. It comes with a usb interface that connects the mixer to the computer but only records the main mix stereo channels. The Behringer mixer has a lot more features than the Alesis like 4 buses, 4 aux sends, direct outs, channel inserts, etc. Also, I think the behringer would be a little more durable.Also, you may want to look at the Phonic Helix18FW. I dont know much about them, but what ive heard is that they are flimsy and break and the firewire is not that good. Only advantage to the phonic is more features.I like mine and Im going to keep it because I cant afford the Mackie Onyx 1640. If you can, get it.
Most Liked Negative Review
I thought I would take a chance with this new product even though most of the reviews I read about this firewire mixer were not favorable. It seemed as though no one (with the...Read complete review
I thought I would take a chance with this new product even though most of the reviews I read about this firewire mixer were not favorable. It seemed as though no one (with the exception of one person who wrote a review) could load up the drivers for this machine. I also joined the legions of those who couldn't load up the drivers. Called Alesis tech and, to their credit, got through right away. Unfortunately, I got a young tech with little patience who couldn't help me either. And finally concluded that their must me something wrong with the firewire plug itself. (I think this was his way of saying he couldn't help me.) I gathered up the firewire cable and took it to a local tech who checked it and assured me nothing was wrong with it. Giving up, I sent the Alesis back to the company who sold it to me and turned right around and purchased a Phonic Helix 18 channel firewire mixer. The drivers load up easily and it is very compatible with my Cakewalk software.While their are still little "idiosycracies" to work out...I now have a computer mixer that offers me 24-bit recording depth and very good quality. I think Alesis needs to go back to the drawing board and come up with a firewire mixer that actually works. The Phonic Helix firewire mixer works well. Buy that one!
Reviewed by 38 customers
I have used this mixer in my project studio for a little over 6 mo's and I'm very pleased so far. I rated the quality as a 4 for 2 primary reasons: (1) the preamps on this board are kind of weak. However, if you use boutique preamps then you will get a sound transparent enough from the mixer to accurately reflect the character of your preamp. (2) Occasionally, the mixer drops its firewire connection to the computer. (a macbook running Digital Performer 5.1) Thi has only happened when I'm listening to music, so it's not that big of a deal, I just powered off and issue was resolved. All in all, this is a great mixer. Plus, all of your EQ from the board is sent via firewire, a clear advantage over the Mackie units.
Have had this mixer for about a year and half. As a back-up mixer for live band use,it is OK. Not bad mic pre-amps and no real issues. Also use it for practice room mixer with same results. As a Firewire mixer interface for recording I had troubles with connecting to my Dell Inspiron notebook. Random crashes, and driver failures that would make me have to reboot often and lose recordings were aggravating (spl?). Sometimes the drivers would just plain fail and I had to un-install the drivers and then re-install from scratch to make them work. However with the current update from the Alesis support website for both the softwaree drivers and the Firmware update solve all these problems. It now runs smoothly with no glitches so far. It actually works now like its suppose to. So I can recommend this mixer to you with the understanding you should update all drivers from the Alesis website.
If you want a broadcast-level desk system, you'll have to spend more than this - no matter what brand. This replaces at least two items (mixing board and comp. interface) and gives you very acceptable quality in terms of inputs, preamps and floor noise. I use it in my home studio and live PA mixing rigs. Thanks to this board, I also multi-track all live shows to a laptop for a re-mixable live recording of every show. Most people who use this in the field will not be able to find noticably better equipment for less than 2 1/2 times the price - and certainly not in one unit!
This is one gorgeous machine no doubt. Beyond that it's got pristine sound in all aspects and the firewire is amazing, allowing professional multitracking both with or without fx; even simultaneously putting it's flexible routing options to use. On that note the fx are of course Alesis quality and a pleasure to use as is the multimix 16 all the way round, just remember to install the latest driver and firmware update from website and find your sweet spot as far as latency settings for various applications and in varying computing environ (turn off anti-virus etc unnecessary background processes to get low latency) It's the liberating cutting edge professional amazingly versatile gear you've been waiting for! I've used multiple digital recording devices and this is truly the Leader of the Pack!!! I use with adobe audition and it's been smooth and pristine. Working in my project studio has lost it's tedious editing dread; beyond that I'm still putting this unit through it's paces after over a month and it's rock solid! Oh yeah, did I mention the Pristine Sound!!! WOW!!! I had the Alesis fusion for awhile didn't care for it, returned it and got a Korg TR76 instead and loving it but I have to say KUDOS ALESIS this is a work of art!!! I had bought the phonic release first but it had too many issues to name, returned it and got this and as you've read; could not be happier!!! Buy it, you'll be glad you did!!!
I purchased this to replace a couple of seperate componants (Computer Interface, Mixer, Basic EFX processor)The interface I was using was propriatary and only worked with its own software so I wanted something more flexable. This unit did that it reduced the clutter and gave me flexibility but there are a few negatives. It works better with Mac than PC, Knobs are cheesy but work, would be nice to have level indicators for each channel. Overall its a good unit for a home studio and I am happier with it than I was with my previous setup. Tech Support is Great!!
i work for the BBC as a radio disc jockey and this desk was obviously not as proffessional as the interfaces and mixing desks we use here at the BBC. We tested this on a trial period but found that it was not of a high enough standard to broadcast on air with. However for those of you who want to start things up then this is perfect for you, so overall: not proffesional but good for the novice.
This board is great, other than the fact that 2 months ago I had a wicked hum causing some phase issues and obviously making it useless. I took it to Abell Audio in Columbus, Ohio(Great pro audio repair shop) and as it turns out, a capacitor in the power supply had swelled significantly. It was a $20 fix and now I'm tracking another album with it. All and all, it's a good board, just lacking a little in the quality dept.
The Alesis Multimix is good recording equipment. The EQ as well as the preamps on the first 8 Channels sound very nice. Phantom Power works well on my capacitors. One issue that most buyers are not aware of is that this is not a MIDI controller. Unlike the Tascam 1082, this device cannot control software. The only negative thing I have experienced with this mixer is that EQ as well as faders are recorded too. I'd have rather wanted to record as is then mix at home. If you're looking for this option, check out the Phonic Helixboard Firewire, although I've heard that it doesn't sound that good.
3 sliders broke off and AC adapter needed replacement because of a short within 6 months. Also can't figure out how to use RCA jacks for DJ setup. A little odd.
I was looking for a way to record at least 8 channels at once. The Alesis MultiMix 16 was the best option for the price. But then I got it, updated the drivers and it didn't work. Contacted support and they recommended I get a firewire card for my laptop. I got one that would do 800Mb/s, but the card can ONLY be 400Mb/s. Then after getting that to work, I could not record mono channels. Go with a stand-alone recorder and save all the greif you have to go through with this cheap imitation. It will not plug and play to record 18 channels out of the box like it claims.