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Alesis MultiMix 4 USB Compact Mixer   

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4-channel desktop mixer with built-in USB digital audio interface, low-noise digital signal, more.

The Alesis MultiMix 4 USB is a compact 4-channel desktop mixer with a built in USB digital audio interface. This compact Alesis mixer is perfect for basic computer-recording setups, video editing, production studios, and portable podcasting. The MultiMix outputs not only line-level analog audio, but also stereo 16-bit, 44.1kHz digital audio over USB for low-noise, with easy computer connection.

The 4 input channels on the MultiMix 4 USB mixer all accept a 1/4" line input. You can can plug XLR microphones into channels 1 and 2, including condensers, thanks to the mixer's switchable 48V-phantom power supply. Plug a guitar or bass directly into channel 1's switchable high-impedance input.

The Alesis MultiuMix compact mixer's channels 1 and 2 offer switchable high-pass filtering at 75Hz to eliminate low-frequency rumble, handling and wind noise. Each channel has an independent pan control and channels 1 and 2 provide high and low-shelving EQs. Channels 1 and 2 have independent gain trims, while channels 3 and 4 are configured as a stereo pair at the level and pan controls.

FEATURES
  • Four-channel mixer with digital output
  • Two-channel, five-stage, multicolor LED meter for visual monitoring the main output level
  • Stereo, 1/4" headphone output has its own level control
  • Low-noise digital 16-bit, 44.1kHz signal on USB for easy computer interface
  • Four line-level inputs
  • Two channels of XLR inputs with gains and switchable 48V phantom power
  • High-impedance guitar input
  • Two channels of switchable high-pass filtering
  • Two-channel EQ on mic inputs
  • Multicolor LED metering
SPECIFICATIONS

MultiMix 4 USB Compact Mixer

  • Inputs:
    Line (CH 1, 2): 10 KÎ input impedance, 5.5mV 4.9V RMS sensitivity for max output
    Mic (CH 1, 2): 600 Î input impedance balanced, 700mV RMS sensitivity for max output
    Line (CH 3, 4): 700mV RMS sensitivity for max output
    HPF (CH 1, 2): 200Hz (-1dB), 80Hz (-3dB), 20Hz (-24dB)

    Outputs:
    Line: 7VRMS max
    Headphone: 0.5W into 47Î

    Signal-to-Noise Ratio:
    Line: >92dB (max output; JIS A-weighted)
    Mic: >62dB

    Distortion: < 0.02%

    Frequency response:
    Line: 20Hz-20kHz (± 0.5dB)
    Mic: 20Hz-15kHz (± 0.5dB)

    CHANNEL EQUALIZER: Bass: ± 14dB @ 80Hz, Treble: ± 14dB @ 12kHz
    CHANNEL FADER KILL: > 90dB @ 1kHz
    CROSSTALK: >85dB @ 1kHz

    Interface:
    USB1.1 or higher (stereo in and stereo out)

    Power Adapter: 10V AC, 500 mA

    Weight: 1.5lb.

    Dimensions (LxWxH): 7-3/4" x 6" x 2"
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AlesisMultiMix 4 USB Compact Mixer
 
4.1

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Compact (6)
  • Simple controls (5)
  • Excellent sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Performances (3)
  • Soundtracks (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great mixer if you set it up with the proper drivers

Good product.
There are a lot of bad reviews for the Multimix USB mixers because of a very noticeable buzz/hum that's constantly present on all channels. DO NOT select the standard...Read complete review

Good product.
There are a lot of bad reviews for the Multimix USB mixers because of a very noticeable buzz/hum that's constantly present on all channels. DO NOT select the standard "USB Audio Codec" as your audio device, despite what the instruction manual says. This is a bad codec and it is the source of the unwanted buzz. Instead, download a free ASIO audio codec (I recommend ASIO4ALL, go to asio4all.com) and select this as your primary audio codec in your recording software. From there you can go into the ASIO options and find the "USB Audio Codec" (your Alesis Multimix). This will eliminate the noise.

Other than the above, it's a great board at a great price and I would highly recommend this as your home recording interface versus an overpriced 1 channel M-Audio interface. Works great with Reaper--a free Digital Audio Workstation that is head and shoulders above ProTools.
They need to fix the inherent noise issue, but at least there's a work around.
Fantastic value considering what you get. This price for this 4 channel USB board that can be used for both digital recording and live audio. Those silly M-Audio interfaces that come with a watered-down version of ProTools cost anywhere from two to three times as much. Buy this instead.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Hiss on all recorded tracks

I had high hopes but every track I record with the mulimix 4 USB creates a hiss that makes the final music product very poor. After recording four tracks from mics, guitar, bass...Read complete review

I had high hopes but every track I record with the mulimix 4 USB creates a hiss that makes the final music product very poor. After recording four tracks from mics, guitar, bass and piano, the hiss was about a third of the volume. Alesis does not respond to email and calling them can keep you waiting until just can't wait any longer... more than an hour. I was very disappointed.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great mixer if you set it up with the proper drivers

By bobby hines

from Seattle

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Comments about Alesis MultiMix 4 USB Compact Mixer:

Good product.
There are a lot of bad reviews for the Multimix USB mixers because of a very noticeable buzz/hum that's constantly present on all channels. DO NOT select the standard "USB Audio Codec" as your audio device, despite what the instruction manual says. This is a bad codec and it is the source of the unwanted buzz. Instead, download a free ASIO audio codec (I recommend ASIO4ALL, go to asio4all.com) and select this as your primary audio codec in your recording software. From there you can go into the ASIO options and find the "USB Audio Codec" (your Alesis Multimix). This will eliminate the noise.

Other than the above, it's a great board at a great price and I would highly recommend this as your home recording interface versus an overpriced 1 channel M-Audio interface. Works great with Reaper--a free Digital Audio Workstation that is head and shoulders above ProTools.
They need to fix the inherent noise issue, but at least there's a work around.
Fantastic value considering what you get. This price for this 4 channel USB board that can be used for both digital recording and live audio. Those silly M-Audio interfaces that come with a watered-down version of ProTools cost anywhere from two to three times as much. Buy this instead.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Serves It's Purpose

By Dirty

from Seattle, WA

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Comments about Alesis MultiMix 4 USB Compact Mixer:

I bought this little bad boy to convert a bunch of jam session cassettes to digital format for some buddies of mine. This setup is pretty bare bones but it's exactly what I needed and the price was awesome. Sound quality isn't perfect, but if you're just looking to throw together some demos and are lacking in funds and equipment, the problems aren't impossible to work around. The small size is pretty convienient too, pair it up with a laptop, grab a couple mics and you got yourself a portable mini studio! If you're looking for something professional, you should make the investment and get some higher quality gear, but if you're looking for something cheap to capture ideas, this thing is crazy convienient and will get the job done without busting your wallet.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Hiss on all recorded tracks

By LDB

from Memphis, TN

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Comments about Alesis MultiMix 4 USB Compact Mixer:

I had high hopes but every track I record with the mulimix 4 USB creates a hiss that makes the final music product very poor. After recording four tracks from mics, guitar, bass and piano, the hiss was about a third of the volume. Alesis does not respond to email and calling them can keep you waiting until just can't wait any longer... more than an hour. I was very disappointed.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great little USB mixer

By Jeffrey Lovell

from Illinois

Comments about Alesis MultiMix 4 USB Compact Mixer:

Good buy. Recommended
This is a fine mixer for a small studio wanting to do live streaming or podcasts. Great audio quality and the needed controls, gain, eq, etc. to make it very veratile.
Built very well. Good solid feel. Controls are good quality.
I found no other USB mixer in this price range that was 4 channel and with the features.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Alesis Mulitimix4 4 channel USB Mixer

By Major Camel

from Hawaii

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Comments about Alesis MultiMix 4 USB Compact Mixer:

A great little unit for a great little price. I would highly recommend this.
The Alesis MultiMix4 Compact USB mixer is a really nice unit, and I'm glad I purchased it. For instance, I was able to take a drum track that I already had from a studio session, add in two tracks of bass and a guitar and then some vocals and produced an interesting and well engineered song in just a couple of hours. It took a little time getting used to it, but once I got it to work (my DAW software is new to me as well) it was effortless. I could do it now in minutes. I also used it to record a whole practice session with my band and was able to produce a demo cd the next day. There was NO noise or hum or any weird effects, it just works perfectly. I keep on being amazed at it's versatillity. For instance, I can play any song from my library through it. It automatically grabs the audio from my Windows Media Player and routes it through the headphone jack, Then I can record my own tracks seperately, while listening to that or a click track, etc. Also, I could record a live performance in stereo, or use it with powered speakers as a live mixer, with the seperate headphone output for monitors. I am using a 3-year old laptop with a 1 ghz AMD dual core cpu, Windows Vista and Reaper DAW. January 27, 2012. I

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Interface. Highly recommended

By mike_skate33

from Newport, KY

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Accurate Controls
  • Clear Labels And Controls
  • Compact
  • Easy set up
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Variety Of Inputs
  • Price
  • Strong Build
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording
    • Soundtracks

    Comments about Alesis MultiMix 4 USB Compact Mixer:

    This mixer is great for someone that needs 1-4 inputs and 1-2 outputs. It's very well built, well labelled, and well designed. I literally plugged it in, downloaded ASIO4ALL, and it wourked great. No machine hum or noise- the only noise I hear is from my condenser mic picking up static. The phantom power doesn't even add hum.
    Highly recommended... I've used this with Ableton, Mixcraft, and Audacity with no problems whatsoever. And to top it all, it's SUPER cheap!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Does what it claims

    By Boss ES-8 user

    from Potato, Idaho

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    Pros

    • Clean Phantom Power
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Limited Capacity

    Best Uses

    • Home Recording

    Comments about Alesis MultiMix 4 USB Compact Mixer:

    First off, it's a small profile mixer. Has a good amount of useful gain on tap, I haven't run into a situation where I need more than it provides.

    Phantom power with preamps is clean even in a noisy, electrically-cluttered environment. Not tripped up by having other devices on the same circuit.

    The only real con is the old-school wall-wart plugin. Come on guys, give us something inline or at least a slim wart that fits power strips.

    Also, the phantom power button is in an awkward space, I could see it being turned on and off at bad times.

    Didn't bother with the instructions, I already had ASIO4ALL installed for other USB devices and it worked just fine. It plays well with my fender Mustang amp's USB in, the Roland GR-55 USB in, etc. No conflicts or problems in both the ancient Traction 3 and Reaper.

    A solid buy for compact mixers that need phantom power. Nothing fancy, nothing excessive, just a working two channel preamp/mixer. I say 2 channel because let's face it, the 3/4 channel mixer works but it's limited to a point of laughability - and because the USB out is two channel only.

    This doesn't take away from the overall usefullness of the thing though.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Review of MultiMix 4 USB Compact Mixer

    By Gibson_Guy-0D_VD

    from Asheville, NC

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    Comments about Alesis MultiMix 4 USB Compact Mixer:

    Over all - good but does not meet 'my' needs. To record more than 2 tracks at at time. I need one that I can record myself, and 2 other guys during practice and or writing songs. But, for one person who needs an AI and doesn't mind layering then it is good. Over all, thumbs up in my opinion
    For the price the AI works well. I use Reaper for my DAW and had no difficulties getting it to work. The only thing is that is USB 1.1 - even though Alesis USB 1.1 and "higher" it only records 2 tracks at the same time. If you need to record &gt; 2 then this won't work. Look for USB 2.0 to do this. For recording only person and layering tracks it works fine.
    I think the construction is tough - metal box and the knobs seem to be ok.
    Good value. I think it's better than higher priced AI's from the other guys (M-Audio) for example. for &lt; $80 it works

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very happy

    By Annette

    from Bronx, N.Y.

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Comments about Alesis MultiMix 4 USB Compact Mixer:

    Total noobs when it comes to mixers so, if you want a review from someone who knows their stuff in this area, this won't be it.

    Ok so, first off, I am running on a Windows XP SP3 OS in a Dell Vostro 200 PC Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2gigs of ram. I also have a Diamond PCI sound card installed if that's of any consequence. I mention this because I have no noise (except the "noise" I'm making :) through this mixer. Many others have had that problem (a hum or a buzz) which is why I am mentioning it. Maybe I just lucked out or my computer set up has something to do with it. Someone who was troubleshooting the noise issue was nice enough to post his findings. That he had better results with the ASIO4All drivers. But I am using the drivers that came with this and have no noise problem.

    The audio is crisp and clear on the vocals. I use 2 XLR mics and bought 2 XLR wires (since my mics came with a 1/4 plug rather than the XLR plug on the bottom). Wasn't really necessary since the sound was the same through the XLR and the 1/4 inch inputs but, since channel 1 and 2 have both an XLR and a 1/4 inch jack input for each channel, I can plug the mic into the XLR socket, and the guitar into the 1/4 inch input simultaneously and, surprisingly, it worked. I was surprised that it did, since I was told that you couldn't plug in 2 things to the same channel. I'm still new at it so, I haven't really made a compare test with the guitar plugged into the same channel as the mic or how it sounds when plugged into it's own channel but anyhow, it's just nice to know I can do that.

    I'm still working on a good sound for my acoustic guitar. Even if I plug it into it's own channel, I don't like the way it sounds when I strum. It sounds great when I finger pick but the strum sound is blurry and muddy but that's an issue I have with my guitar amp too so it's most likely not the Alesis's fault and may very well be mine. I could mic the guitar to solve that issue rather than a direct feed.

    Anyhow, my one complaint is that, channel 3 and 4 do not have equalizers for either channel (which is why I took off 1 star) as do channels 1 and 2 which each have their own...one treble equalizer and one bass equalizer for each. AND, there is only 1 pan knob for both channels 3 and 4 unlike channel 1 and 2 that each have their own pan knob. I set one mic to the far left and the other mic to the far right and get a very nice wide stereo sound on the vocals.

    I am very happy with this mixer. Oh yeah, the body of the Alesis MultiMix4 is metal and not plastic. It also has a power switch which a few of the mixers I was looking at didn't. But here's a caution about the power switch. It does not effect the way the computer relates to the Alesis. Even when the Alesis is powered off, it is still recognized as the active sound card by the computer until you unplug the Alesis from the USB port. Here's how I found out the HARD way:

    Last week, I took a break from recording and decided to watch a movie on my PC. I shut off the power of the Alesis but I did not unplug the Alesis from the USB port. I then went into "Sounds" and selected my sound card as the playback device so I could watch the movie using my computer speakers. I got no sound from my speakers so I rebooted and still had no sound. Turns out my sound card drivers had to be reinstalled all over again (a real pain since I had to hunt them down over at the Diamond website and download them) And then, when I plugged in the Alesis after that reboot, it was once again recognized as a new device and it too had to reinstall it's drivers. I wrote tech support and they offered no answer for me as to why it happened. So, best bet, unplug the Alesis from the USB port if you want to use your sound card for anything since, even when you power off the Alesis, it still is acknowledged by your computer as the active sound card until you unplug it from the USB port.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The best deal you can find on a mixer!

    By Dan Tracy

    from Iowa

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    Pros

    • Accurate Controls
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Soundtracks

      Comments about Alesis MultiMix 4 USB Compact Mixer:

      I was really only needing a preamp for my ukulele, Native American Indian flute, and occasional use as a mic preamp for simple video production voice-overs. The mixer functions were a secondary consideration which turned out to be of good quality and very useful. I either feed an amp directly or go straight to a multi track recorder, so I have never used the USB feature that some reviewers have complained about. This unit does what I need, and it does it well -- without breaking the bank.

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