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Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire 8-Channel Analog Mixer

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The dual-purpose Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire 8-Channel Analog Mixer is a FireWire interface with real faders, knobs, and EQ. The MultiMix 8 is also a ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A compact, affordable analog mixer with FireWire.

The dual-purpose Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire 8-Channel Analog Mixer is a FireWire interface with real faders, knobs, and EQ. The MultiMix 8 is 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. The versatility of the Alesis Multimix 8 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 8 uses the same A/D and D/A conversion as the esteemed Alesis HD24 recorder for clean, pure, and totally professional conversion.

Next-generation FireWire technology

Alesis MultiMix 8 uses the brand new, high-performance TC Applied Technologies Dice II FireWire chip. Tha means 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

Alesis makes the MultiMix 8 rackmountable, with easy-to-attach rack ears available.

FEATURES
  • Compact 8-channel analog mixer and FireWire computer audio interface
  • 4 mono channels
  • 2 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
  • Rotary 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
  • Mac OS X and Windows XP only
  • Steinberg Cubase LE included
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Rackmountable
  • 9-3/4" x 9-1/8" x 3-1/4" (249mm x 231mm x 80mm)
  • 5-3/8 lbs. (2.5 kg)
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4.1

(based on 26 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

nice little mixer

Features: 4.5. I bought this board because it lets me send all 8 channels independently to my DAW, which is nice, because when I mic a drum set, I can give each...Read complete review

Features: 4.5. I bought this board because it lets me send all 8 channels independently to my DAW, which is nice, because when I mic a drum set, I can give each channel it's own EQ. I doubt I'll ever use it live (my yamaha 16 channel board is better for that). The mic preamps are extraordinarily clean. I found they do not color the sound at all, which you'll either love or hate. Awesome for instruments, but my miss my behringer xenyx preamps for vocals. I'll just have to get a dedicated preamp for vocals.Quality: It feels cheap. The knobs spin very easily, and wobble a bit. The output seems a little quiet to me, but that's fixable by turning the volume up louder. The board itself has been pretty quiet so far. I've heard horror stories about these dying after a month, which doesn't surprise me based on how it feels. I bought an extended warranty, just in case.Value: I got this on clearance at a local music store at 35% off. I don't know if I would have bought it if the price wasn't so low, but it has all the features I wanted to add to my DAW. Hopefully it holds up.

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don't buy

My band bought this mixer for a simple recording application. The drivers are not the best. Although the instructions direct users to turn on the mixing console and then their computers, the mixer...Read complete review

My band bought this mixer for a simple recording application. The drivers are not the best. Although the instructions direct users to turn on the mixing console and then their computers, the mixer does not always work correctly when done in this manner. I am very competent with computers, and even I had trouble devising a power sequence for this unit. Overall, the drivers are no good. Upon using this device while recording guitar tracks, the mixer overheated in a short time period, causing our schedule to be delayed. This unit is not reliable. Although the unit has many built in effects, that is all it has. I gave the "Features" rating of the Multimix a 7. The features are nice to have, yet impractical in digital recording. I wish the three-band equalizer could be bypassed. I gave the "Quality" rating of the Multimix a 3. This unit is built in a sturdy fashion, I must admit. However, the unit simply does not work well. I gave the "Value" rating of this mixer a 3, for the mixer is unreliable. Buying this mixer is like buying a broken toilet seat; it just doesn't work. Save your money and get a Personus FireStudio. You won't regret it!

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1.0

Doesnt work with Vista 64

By Nick-ifdyk

from Virginia

I just bought a new PC to record on and found that this does not work with Vista 64. I contacted Alesis and they do not have a driver. Performance was poor on my old PC even though it met Alesis requirements.

 
5.0

quite pleased

By wallsworstenemy

from Dayton Ohio

I absolutely love playing with this machine. I've found it to do fairly well in my inexpensive - low experience application. It took time to fully understand the mixer and Cubase LE that comes with it. The only real downside is the limited 4 tracks simultaneously.

 
5.0

Does what it's supposed to

By bob1474

from Flolrida

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I've had this unit as the main mixer in my home studio for several years without a hitch. I've upgraded to windows sp3 without any problems. The drivers are a little tricky to get right, and you must tweak your control panel settings to find the best setup-but after that-it has worked flawlessly every time. Has all the features you could ask for in DAW recording and I find it very quiet and clean for anything from acoustic guitar to massive VST sounds. When purchased on discount less than street price,this has been a very good deal for me

 
5.0

Great Band Tool

By Chaynlynk

from Ohio

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I purchased this to allow us to do multi track recording. It works fantastically for that. It's also great for just recording vocals and using the computer and mic mixed to headphones. Overall, I'm very impressed by this equipment.

 
5.0

Does What I Bought it For

By Playloudforfun

from Auburn Hills, Mi.

Bought one three years ago for the ability to individually record eight tracks. Cubase LE only supports four tracks, so I bought SE. Have had only learning problems, mine works great. It is sensitive to the order in which things are turned on. I go computer first, then mixer, then Cubase. I am impressed with the sound I can get on playback. Liked it enough to buy the Firewire 16.

 
4.0

good so far

By bpxyz

from Atlanta, GA

I use it with Cubase to record piano and singing on different channels. I can hear a glitches during playback in cubase for some reason. However mixdown sound is clear. Im still messing with it...

 
5.0

Can't live without it

By TKTurbo

from Louisvile, KY

I knew I needed a transitional mixer: This little mixer answers in spades. The cool thing is the seamless FireWire integration. Astoundingly flexible. This little guy fits in a briefcase and gets more work done every week than my other mixers combined. I use it most for 2 things: practice mixer for 4 vocals for a couple of bands, or as a portable audio-for-video on-sight production mixer, allowing me to send a reference mix to the camera, yet record 4 separate audio tracks directly into my computer for later processing.

 
2.0

Spend Elsewhere

By Boom-Hno_f

from Philly, PA

This little piece of trash failed about 1 month after plugging it in. Alesis Tech Support is simply AWFUL! You pay to ship it a third party repair house, so now I've spent even more in order to "save money". As for drivers, Alesis currently does not support Vista or XP SP3 officially, but they will be more than happy to have you rebuild your whole system using windows XP SP2 before they agree to accept the product back in for repair. The whole experience made me feel like a goof for replacing my failed 12R standard mixer with this. Certainly learned my lesson about buying Alesis products ever again.

 
4.0

Great mixer so far

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

So far so good. Be warned, though, that Cubase LE only supports 4 simultaneous inputs, so you'll need a software upgrade to get full use out of these mixers.

 
5.0

Simple and Effective

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

As long as you do your homework and make sure that you install the updated drivers FIRST, this machine will serve you well. I have had it since Aug '06 and I have had 0 problems with it. You can record 4 simultaneous tracks with the software that is included, and 8 simultaneous with software that supports it. The people who say that you can only record 2 tracks simultaneously just haven't taken the time to learn Cubase properly. You have to make sure and activate inputs 3-4 as they may not be active by default when starting a new project.I always get positive comments when friends record with me at home, and a bit of jealousy from people who spent a lot more and got the same abilities.

 
4.0

nice little mixer

By theboredone

from Midwest

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Features: 4.5. I bought this board because it lets me send all 8 channels independently to my DAW, which is nice, because when I mic a drum set, I can give each channel it's own EQ. I doubt I'll ever use it live (my yamaha 16 channel board is better for that). The mic preamps are extraordinarily clean. I found they do not color the sound at all, which you'll either love or hate. Awesome for instruments, but my miss my behringer xenyx preamps for vocals. I'll just have to get a dedicated preamp for vocals.Quality: It feels cheap. The knobs spin very easily, and wobble a bit. The output seems a little quiet to me, but that's fixable by turning the volume up louder. The board itself has been pretty quiet so far. I've heard horror stories about these dying after a month, which doesn't surprise me based on how it feels. I bought an extended warranty, just in case.Value: I got this on clearance at a local music store at 35% off. I don't know if I would have bought it if the price wasn't so low, but it has all the features I wanted to add to my DAW. Hopefully it holds up.

 
5.0

Great Mixer

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have had the mixer for a while and really enjoy it. It has plenty of inputs/outputs. Cubase is a great program as well. Im not sure why others are having problems with recording more than 2/4 tracks. You have to remember to enable the VST inputs every time you run the program manually. Otherwise you will only get the main in which is two tracks. However I also have the upgraded SE version not sure if that is the diffrent. The effects are cool! More of a novelity but they sound great. Excellent for beginners and intermidate sound techs that want to produce quailty mixes. My only beef is that the pre-amps are a bit weak if your not using phantom power but nothing really dentremental and it also runs quite hot after a couple hours. A great buy!

 
5.0

Great Lil' Box (Mac Users Read This!)

By RobFitz

from Lawrence, KS

I bought this mixer about a week ago strictly as an audio interface for my modest home studio centered around Logic Express. I chose it over a Line 6 Tone Port because it is far more versatile and not much more expensive. If you are using a newer Mac, be warned: Mine shipped with dated drivers that do not work with Intel, powerPC Macs. Before installing the drivers, control click the CDROM in your Finder and Get Info. If it was created August 2005 or earlier, Do Not Install It! Go to alesis and get the newest one. Trust me, this will save you a LOT of frustration out of the gate. After that was resolved, everything came together flawlessly. Indespensible for the hobbyist.

 
5.0

Amazing value

By J.T.-.BlQV

from Upstate NY

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I got this when I asked a local music store rep if he knew of anything that could give me the next level of control over a USB recording device I had that would only do 2 channels. It wasn't much more expensive than the USB device I bought years before, so I picked it up. At a jam session with my guitarist & keyboardist it not only recorded our three tracks independently but also let us use the practice PA system instead of everyone using their own amps, cutting down on clutter in the practice room. My ONLY complaint about this package is that the included Cubase LE software will only let you record 4 tracks at once. If you need more than that, you might want to look into purchasing Cubase SE along with this, as that will let you get up to 8 inputs recorded simultaneously.

 
2.0

I wanted to believe...

By Totem415

from San Francisco

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Once I got over the somewhat noisy mic preamps, I followed the directions to install the software and get the thing hooked into my computer. I spent about 5 hours upgrading my version of Windows XP and downloading drivers from Alesis' web site. All for nothing. Playback from the included Cubase LE was full of digital static and my computer kept crashing. I returned it. My computer is a Dell Inspiron 5150 Laptop with Windows XP Pro & 0.5 GB of RAM. Probably this will work on some machines, but clearly it would not on mine. I have been working with computers & multimedia professionally for about 12 years now, so I'm not a noob.

 
5.0

No problems here

By Brian B

from Bloomington, IL

When I first received this I followed the directions and downloaded new drivers. I have had no problems at all with this. I've used all eight tracks many times over with no issues. The only thing I've noticed is sometimes a slight amount of what is playing back will bleed through onto the track you are recording. This is minimal though. I use the mixer for input and output through firewire to my computer and there is no noticeable lag. I couldn't find another product this cheap that lets you record 8 separate tracks into your computer and has built-in preamps. What makes it more amazing is you can also use it as a standard mixer. That is why I chose this product and I have no complaints.

 
2.0

Pre-Amp on device are sub par

By pook

from austin

If you decide to buy this product, please be aware that the pre-amps suck. You really cant do any serious recording on this device.I would of given the device a good rating, but pre amps are the soul of a mixing board. So if you cant track good sound you will not produce good sound.

 
2.0

don't buy

By I am Marshall Man

from New Hampshire

My band bought this mixer for a simple recording application. The drivers are not the best. Although the instructions direct users to turn on the mixing console and then their computers, the mixer does not always work correctly when done in this manner. I am very competent with computers, and even I had trouble devising a power sequence for this unit. Overall, the drivers are no good. Upon using this device while recording guitar tracks, the mixer overheated in a short time period, causing our schedule to be delayed. This unit is not reliable. Although the unit has many built in effects, that is all it has. I gave the "Features" rating of the Multimix a 7. The features are nice to have, yet impractical in digital recording. I wish the three-band equalizer could be bypassed. I gave the "Quality" rating of the Multimix a 3. This unit is built in a sturdy fashion, I must admit. However, the unit simply does not work well. I gave the "Value" rating of this mixer a 3, for the mixer is unreliable. Buying this mixer is like buying a broken toilet seat; it just doesn't work. Save your money and get a Personus FireStudio. You won't regret it!

 
2.0

Compatibility Problems

By Snakemusik

from New Orleans, LA

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This mixer would not install on either of my Gateway computers (one desktop, one notebook). I went to the Alesis web site and found the FAQ for the MultiMix. I followed every step, but I was still not able to properly install this mixer. All user support did was send me boilerplate from the FAQ. It probably works on some computers, just not mine. For the record, I've been using computers for music production since 1985, so I don't think the problem is on my end.

 
5.0

An Excellent Purchase

By xXezekielXx-9Q9zv

from Southern CA

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I first bought the MultiMix8USB because I figured I'd try and save the money, but if you get that one, you'll probably want to upgrade to this FireWire one for the full functionality. With the USB version, you can only send the main left/right stereo output to your computer, whereas with FireWire, you can send all the tracks; this way, you can do all your mixing and mastering on your computer with your favorite audio engineering application (I use Adobe Audition).The quality on this mixer is exceptional and shouldn't even be a question if you're looking to buy it. The interface offers a decent selection of options, too, along with a wide array of built-in effects.I would highly recommend this mixer to anyone looking to make quality recordings without spending tons of cash; it's worked wonders for me!

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