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Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire 16-Channel Analog Mixer

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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 a...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

Compact 16-channel analog mixer and FireWire computer audio interface 
8 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
Steinberg Cubase LE included
13"W x 15-1/4"H x 3-1/4"D, 331mm x 386mm x 80mm
10-1/8 lbs./4.6 kg

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Good Product

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.


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I wouldn't!

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!

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Why are they complaining?

By Orchard Sound Vacaville

from Undisclosed

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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!

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Decent entry level firewire mixer

By The Strat-o-Strangler

from Wabash, IN

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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.

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Only a few small flaws

By Magus

from Indiana

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.


sold me junk

By AcE-UBbhJ

from Stroudsburg

It was a bad investment, the sale person who sold it me, sold me junk... It came out the box with a defective power supply, therefore waiting for new power supply before I can test it. First thing that is wrong, it only two out puts from computer. Software issues, after power recycle, I must re-install drives every time (Very Frustrating), tried the software from web site same issue. This product (Alesis Multimix 16 firewire) was quickly designed and built. I should have brought Mackie or A&H digital series . Bottom line, when you have a creative moment, you do not have time to re-install or troubleshot software, by then it has passed?????..


Does what it claims, I use it everyday

By ltibbits

from Iowa

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The product does what it says it does, but the product seems to be designed as cheaply as possible. Having said that, I think this product is awesome and I use it without problems everyday (since downloading/installing the 01/2006 firmware updates from Alesis website). Most parts on it are cheap plastic and will probably not stand up to any rough use, so set it up and leave it there. I like the routing of this mixer the most. Mix and match routing of everything to main, alt 3/4, or control room. Overall, it's a killer product done on the cheap. I don't know why someone says it's noisy, my noise floor in Sonar4 is -93dbFS via Firewire and -74dbFS when I plug the main outs into my Soundblaster soundcard input.



By Dissedartist

from Aloha, OR

Although it's better than the USB "mixer" in that it can record multitrack that's about all this thing can do. After you record you have to mouse the mix because there's no automation in the faders, pan, EQ, not even mute. This "mixer" totally defeats the purpose of firewire. Don't waste your money like I did! I will be returning this item ASAP.


Great Value for Home Studio Use

By Kent Studio

from Rohnert Park, CA

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!!


not too durable

By Cheryl

from SC

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.


great deal

By dopod

from Michigan

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Purchased this mixer a month ago, no real problems so far. Start the mixer after the computer is all the way running. Also, cubase gives you the free download for 8 inputs instead of 4. Took a little while to get it going, but once you figure out how to install the drivers and stuff, it works fantastic. If you don't have much skill with computers, you will have troubles. The effects are sub-par at best. Also I've had some troubles with the monitor's humming a little bit, but it's mostly the firewire cord's fault. The actual recording sounds fantastic.


Easy and awesome!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This could not be easier to use, yeah you need more than 4 tracks in your software, but if you don't why are you buying a 16 channel mixer??!! Very easy to install on your PC and the drivers with mine worked rightaway! Good, sturdy construction, fx were pretty good but you might want to use an aux effects rig. Great deal for the dough!



By Josh-ne_E-

from Los Angles, CA

This is a great mixer for live shows and for recording. It is very easy to install and works great. I thought that it would be to good to be true but I ended up getting more for my money. If you take your time to learn how to use it, it will work great and last a long time.


Great Stuff

By xjepoyx

from Manila, PH

For a really cheap price... I SAY this is the best deal for Home Recording Setup. Although I want my mixer to control also the mixing of what I recorded I still find very much one of the best mixers for me. I don't have to buy a sound card with 10 inputs and buy an analog mixer that has 10 outputs also anymore that will cost you more than 1thousand dollars. One of the best part is CUbase LE is packaged with this . So for those recording addicts... get yourself one of this. PEACE!! Happy Recording!


Good board, had an issue though.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

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.


Excellent Piece of Equipment

By Knobby

from bozeman mt

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Note 1: I am not sure how everyone else is encountering so many problems. I have had no serious problems, and have had this mixer since the week it was first released. The only issues I encountered were driver related, and have been fixed with the latest driver release by Alesis. (01/2006)Note 2: Another review stated that the stereo pairs shut down when the first eight channels are in use; this statement is inaccurate. I used every channel on the board simultaneously to record a live show and everything worked flawlessly.-----------I use this mixer in a personal project studio, and record myself and other bands with it. I have had nothing but great results. Sure, the effects are a little cheesy, but the pitch changers can be great fun. This mixer seems pretty durable, and as with any mixer, the knobs are going to be a vulnerable area, so protect them and they won't bend or break off. They are by no means flimsy though. Everything on this board seems to be pretty solid and well built. I have had absolutely no problems with audio latencies or drop-outs in Cubase SX 3. Cubase LE is bundled with this mixer, and it only allows 4 channel simultaneous input. Kind of weird that they would include software that is not completely compatible. Software that does completely work with this mixer includes Cubase SL and SX, and n-track.My only wish is that this mixer had channel inserts. I can live without them though.Overall, a GREAT mixer. I am very happy with it. If you are still doubting, go to your local music store and check it out.



By steve-HDotN

from arkansas

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This mixer is great, but dont read the manual if you want it to work! Make sure you do what the manual says, up until you need to restart the computer. The manual tells you to turn the mixer off once the computer shuts down, and turn it back on before you boot back up. This is WRONG! Make sure you turn the mixer off before you shut down and then turn it back on once your computer is booted up completely. If not, you will find yourself working for hours trying to figure out these stupid drivers. other than that, this mixer is awesome!!


Works for me

By Mikado

from Southwest Ohio

I've used this both in live sound and recording scenarios, and it works well in both. I agree that including CuBaseLE was a waste, since that software only records 4 simultaneous tracks, and this MultiMix sends 18 tracks to the PC. But, Cakewalk Home Studio 4 can record all that this system puts out. I've recorded 15 tracks simultaneously in a live-sound environment, and it worked well.For those who have trouble with the software making poor-quality recordings: Use the ASIO drivers that come with the Alesis, and you need to follow the recommendations of the software when it comes to buffering. I had troubles until I boosted the number of record buffers up above 4000, then everything ran as smooth as silk. Also make sure your machine has sufficient processor horsepower, a fast hard drive and a modern operating system.The only problem I've run into in live sound is that switching a channel to Aux 3-4 disconnects it from Aux B while leaving it connected to Aux A. This causes problems when trying to run two monitor channels off Aux A and B while sending a channel to an external processor.Overall, a good product for the money, and very useful for digital recording.


Good, cheap & pretty audio interface for your PC.



Since when can you get an 16ch audio interface for this price. I think it's great that you can record all the tracks separately. I really liked the sofware that comes with it. You can upgrade for free to record at least 8 tracks with cubase le. I'm always making sound for bands, now I can record them live and later change anything or correct the voice, ad effect, etc. The only thing I would add is more aux send for monitors for the band when playing a gig. With my laptop I got an studio on the go.Hardware and software this price What more can you ask for? Just buy it, you won't regret it.

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Might as well get a stand-alone recorder with USB

By zben

from Tunkhannock, PA

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.


More than just a pretty face!!!

By kcVoxnKeys

from NY

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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!!!


Does not work with Adobe Audition/Cool Edit Pro 2!

By Will-U9K.U

from Columbus, Ohio

Good board, works well with Vegas, Cubase and others but there is some internal conflict with the drivers and Audition and neither company seems to be taking resposibility for it. Features are nice and they seem to get the job done but with Audition coming out and kicking, you expect this glitch to be fixed.

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