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Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire 8-Channel Analog Mixer  

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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

    Do you miss mixing audio on a real mixer? Here's the answer to your digital audio blues. The best part is that the MultiMix costs less than most professional FireWire interfaces alone! Order now!

     

    MultiMix 8 FireWire 8-Channel Analog Mixer 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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    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.

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    5.0

    Does what it's supposed to

    By Bob1474-kDz.O

    from Largo Florida

    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

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    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.

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    4.0

    nice little mixer

    By theboredone

    from Midwest

    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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    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.

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    5.0

    It really works

    By Umlaut

    from Minneapolis

    I use for it simultaneous recording tracking using Cakewalk Sonar. The results are amazing. It took a couple of attempts to get the drivers installed successfully and then to set up Cakewalk?s audio options (sampling rate of 44.1 MHz worked for me; ASIO seems to work better than MME or WDM. Also, make sure that your Multimix is configured to use a sampling rate of 44.1 MHz in the control panel). Buy this mixer. Brace yourself for a little bit of set up pain, but don?t give up. It?s worth 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.

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    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.

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    4.0

    Multitrack recording

    By RGL

    from Seattle, WA

    As a novice audioplay director, I purchased a used Alesis 8 channel firewire mixer on Ebay after doing several recording sessions with a Behringer 4 track mixer with an analog feed into my laptop. What the Alesis provided me with is the ability to record multiple voices simultaneously yet separately so that I have greater editing choices later. Being able to edit a single voice on a track of up to eight characters makes dealing with actor glitches and blending different takes much easier. I use Audacity, which is a freeware and very intuitive program and with firewire I have 8 individual channels plus a stereo mix. That allows me to use the raw recording and/or the mix with effects- again allowing greater flexibility. I've had no problem with driver updates, and I use the mixer with both my desktop and my laptop. I've plugged my Casio keyboard into it to provide underscoring and effects- and using the mixer's effects on top of that, have impressive control of the virtual enviornments that I've created for broadcast.

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    5.0

    Great Band Tool

    By Chaynlynk

    from Ohio

    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.

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