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8-channel mixer with FX, USB audio interface, mic, line, and guitar-level inputs, and more.

The MutliMix 8 USB FX compact mixer comes with built-in effects and doubles as a computer recording interface so you can mix, record, or do both at the same time. Whether you are mixing a band or sub-mixing a group of inputs, such as a drumset, the MultiMix 8 USB FX is easy to use, rugged, and packed with features. Offering microphone inputs with phantom power, guitar-direct inputs, and line-level inputs for connecting everything else, plus a wide range of effects, the MultiMix 8 USB FX delivers clean audio to your PA or recording system with hassle-free computer connection.

This dynamic mixer features four XLR inputs with independent gain pots on channels one through four. These XLR inputs also have a switchable phantom power option to accommodate both dynamic and condenser microphones. TRS Line inputs are also available on all eight channels. New to the MultiMix 8 USB FX is a high-impedance input on channel two, which allows direct connection of a guitar or bass. This is a great convenience for singer/songwriters looking to get a clean, "hot" signal. A Tape RCA stereo input is also included adding the ability to mix in audio from other sources such as a CD or LP player.

MultiMix 8 USB FX includes an internal effects processor to quickly and easily add new colors to your mix. Reverb, Delay, or Phaser can be dialed up simply by adjusting the pre- or post-fader knobs located within each channel strip. MultiMix 8 USB FX also contains Aux Out and stereo Returns, as well as Insert jacks on channels one and two to allow for audio to be processed by external effects engines. This gives you an impressive amount of routing options in such a compact size.

Like the other mixers in Alesis' MultiMix USB series the MultiMix 8 USB FX contains a complete USB recording interface. Musicians and engineers can plug its class-compliant USB connection into their Mac or PC without installing any software drivers and enjoy a digital-direct stereo connection with virtually any audio software application. It enables bidirectional stereo signal, so musicians can record the stereo Main output into their computer and listen back using the mixer as an interface from software to headphones and monitoring loudspeakers.

A number of key design improvements are included on the MultiMix 8 USB FX. Enlarged knob-to-knob spacing improves ergonomics and in-use efficiency. The newly designed mixer introduces a sleek new appearance for the MultiMix series and incorporates removable end caps, which can be helpful for squeezing the mixer into smaller spaces in tightly packed setups. In addition to its improved signal-to-noise ratio specifications, the new mixer consumes 36% less power than its predecessor for reliability and energy efficiency.

FEATURES
  • 8-channel mixer with mic, line, and guitar-level inputs
  • 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz stereo USB output for easy recording and playback from your computer
  • XLR inputs with gain trim, switchable high-pass filters, and 48V phantom power
  • 1/4" line-level inputs for instruments and high-impedance guitar input for direct-connecting guitars
  • Powerful EQ: 3-band with sweepable parametric mids on channels 1 and 2, three-band on 3 and 4, two-band on 5 - 8
  • Built-in DSP effects with footswitch bypass control and AUX buss for external processing
  • Multicolor LED metering for visual level feedback
  • Main and headphone outputs with independent level controls
  • Class compliant, plug-and-play USB for Mac and PC interface without installing drivers
  • Includes Cubase LE software
  • Includes
    • MultiMix 8 USB FX mixer
    • USB cable
    • Power supply
    • Software CD
    • Quick start guide

    Record, mix, and add effects all from this one easy-to-use unit. Order today.

    SPECIFICATIONS
    Minimum System Requirements:
    • Mac: OS X
    • PC: Windows XP, Vista, or 7
    • USB port
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    AlesisMultiMix 8 USB FX Regular
     
    4.2

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    57%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (6)
    • Easy to use (6)
    • Versatile (5)
    • Excellent sound (4)
    • Simple controls (4)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (7)
    • Amateur recording (4)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Professional recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good, Not Great

    Overall this mixer will serve well for solo acts, duos, trios, and bands performing in small venues that have no house PA. It would also work well for setting up a PA at...Read complete review

    Overall this mixer will serve well for solo acts, duos, trios, and bands performing in small venues that have no house PA. It would also work well for setting up a PA at home to practice or just to jam with friends. It has 4 mic inputs, which should be enough for most people unless you want to mic your amps and/ or your drums. I bought mine along with a pair of Kustom 12" powered PA speakers for an affordable, portable PA that I can take with me to perform at nursing homes which I do a couple of times a month. As the guy I play with told me, there's tens of dollars to be made playing nursing homes. So we wanted something that was relatively cheap, but that would still give us enough volume and effects options and we were able to achieve that with this set up.
    This mixer has a lot of features for the price range. If you are buying it for the effects you may want to look somewhere else. Through a PA it is difficult to hear the effects unless they are turned almost all the way up. It is a little easier to hear them through headphones, but if you are using it for live applications that doesn't really help. I have not tried using the USB connection, so please refer to the other reviews for the issues with that. I bought this mixer to replace a Yamaha mixer with no built-in effects because the guy I play with wanted reverb for his vocals. There was a Yamaha mixer with built-in effects, but it was a little more than this one and it had a plastic body where as this one is metal. Those were the two factors that led me to buy this one over the Yamaha.
    The quality seems fairly good for this price range. I have owned a higher end Mackie mixer and a lower end Yamaha mixer and this falls somewhere in the middle. For the price the quality is really good, but if you have more money to spend then you might want to look at a Mackie instead. It is nice that they have a metal chassis, it makes it feel more road worthy than a plastic mixer. The sliders and knobs seem to all move smoothly.
    There are not many mixers in this price range, but this one stands out among the other choices because of it's heavy build and relatively rich features on such a small mixing board.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not what I was expecting...

    OK, so like many other people, I bought this thinking it would record my tracks into 8 discrete channels in my DAW. It doesn't do that. For that you need the now...Read complete review

    OK, so like many other people, I bought this thinking it would record my tracks into 8 discrete channels in my DAW. It doesn't do that. For that you need the now discontinued, but nearly identical in all other aspects, usb "2.0" version. I can't imagine why Alesis would get rid of such a useful feature, but here we are. Discovering that it was missing the multitracking abilities, made it hard to judge any other aspects. All in all, it is a fine mixer. Somewhat quiet on the line level signals. The FX were kind of meh, though the reverb is decent. Hooking it up to my computer was incredibly... actually impressively fast. The Hi-Z button on Ch 2 for the guitar is a nice touch. But, all that being said, I could get a simple stereo interface and a better mixer for about the same money.

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    (24 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    fine, but not quite what i wanted

    By douglas carley

    from 91606

    Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

    nice price, but i wish it had been more clear that it sends all the inputs from the board as one signal to the computer. i understand that this is my fault, but how could you not want that function. i'm not really sure why this exists outside of live performance, but those people would probably want to record some of their shows too. it sucks that it becomes more difficult to edit the recording. i would have rather bought the 2.0 board.

    (14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good, Not Great

    By Jason King

    from Texas

    Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

    Overall this mixer will serve well for solo acts, duos, trios, and bands performing in small venues that have no house PA. It would also work well for setting up a PA at home to practice or just to jam with friends. It has 4 mic inputs, which should be enough for most people unless you want to mic your amps and/ or your drums. I bought mine along with a pair of Kustom 12" powered PA speakers for an affordable, portable PA that I can take with me to perform at nursing homes which I do a couple of times a month. As the guy I play with told me, there's tens of dollars to be made playing nursing homes. So we wanted something that was relatively cheap, but that would still give us enough volume and effects options and we were able to achieve that with this set up.
    This mixer has a lot of features for the price range. If you are buying it for the effects you may want to look somewhere else. Through a PA it is difficult to hear the effects unless they are turned almost all the way up. It is a little easier to hear them through headphones, but if you are using it for live applications that doesn't really help. I have not tried using the USB connection, so please refer to the other reviews for the issues with that. I bought this mixer to replace a Yamaha mixer with no built-in effects because the guy I play with wanted reverb for his vocals. There was a Yamaha mixer with built-in effects, but it was a little more than this one and it had a plastic body where as this one is metal. Those were the two factors that led me to buy this one over the Yamaha.
    The quality seems fairly good for this price range. I have owned a higher end Mackie mixer and a lower end Yamaha mixer and this falls somewhere in the middle. For the price the quality is really good, but if you have more money to spend then you might want to look at a Mackie instead. It is nice that they have a metal chassis, it makes it feel more road worthy than a plastic mixer. The sliders and knobs seem to all move smoothly.
    There are not many mixers in this price range, but this one stands out among the other choices because of it's heavy build and relatively rich features on such a small mixing board.

    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Cuseami

    By Joe Arnold

    from North Carolina

    Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

    This unit is fantastic. I removed it from the box and plugged it into my computer. It interfaced with Audacity immediately and was ready to use instantly. The only issue was that it will only record in mono with the usb hookup using Audacity. I remedied this issue by running RCA cables from the line out into an adaptor an plugged into my line in jack in my computer and adjusted the PAN from two mics (one left and one right) and viola a stero track was possible. I like the unit's ability to PAN L or R for 4 mic inputs which allows for mixing two other mics and adjusting the gain can make other instruments seem distant. Great feature!

    The FX is pretty decent with individual adjustments and the recording was noiseless. It is nice to be able to input audio with fx prior to mixing tracks. I also record voice readings (poetry and prose) so individual adjustments of the FX is necessary.

    I can play live performances while recording. I realize most mixing boards offer this feature but this one seems fairly bomb proof and very affordable and very compact (an excellent feature as I operate a mobile recording business and do not want to lug around big clunky hardware).

    Musicians can overdub additional tracks with no delay while listening to the pre recorded track in the play through software supported in the Audacity program from my computer while I monitor the recording through other headphones from the unit. (NICE).
    The best thing is the absence of noise! VERY QUIET!

    Installing Cubase LE5 at this time so not sure if this will be a good feature or not. I have other recording, mixing and mastering software installed in my PC.
    Very durable so far...
    Great for the bucks. Plus no shipping charges and it got here in 3 days regular ground!

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect little board

    By Fergiemiester

    from California

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    Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

    With the ecxeption of Cubase.
    Using the board as a front-end to my PC. It works very well with an ASIO driver. The EQ on Channels 1&2 are excellent. The other channels are a little less accurate, but still very good. The phantom power brings out fantastic tone and clarity in an acoustic instrument or voice. The effects are decent for warming things up before running into my DAWs.

    The monitor outs are outstandingly accurate as well. Pleny of power also when powering my 2 12 inch cabinets for liver performances.

    For the price, I highly recommend this board as it has everything you will need for small venus and basic recording etc.

    The Cubase software is fairly useless as you must have the e-licensure key to keep the software active beyond 30-days. The Cubase LE software is absolutely TERRIBLE for midi applications...latency, hissing and it takes a rocket scientist to get it to connect to a midi device if you actually need to access midi sounds from a midi unit...don't waste your time on Cubase LE, it won't work for that purpose. Also, the Halion processor is on the same level as a child's Casio keyboard...pretty terrible sounds.

    Don't buy the board for the Cubase software, buy the board however if you want a nice board at a nice price that is VERY versitile.
    Solid all the way around
    Could't ask for more

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A lot in a small package

    By hwfitzjr

    from Clayton, NC

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    Pros

    • Accurate Controls
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

      The included recording software was a nice touch and it works very well. This mixer is the central piece of my recording studio.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great product.

      By william sokol

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

      This is a great board. The only issue I've had with it is that the wording in the description is very vague. I bought this mixer because I host a podcast and wanted to record everyone on seperate tracks instead of going straight from the board, into the computer in a stereo mix. When you you're listening to an edit and realize one of the guests has wandered from the mic a bit, there's nothing you can do to make them clearer without raising everyone's levels at that point.

      Sad part is, as great as this product is, it does NOT keep your tracks seperate. The step up from this model, the 2.0, is what I've settled on. I'm keeping this one strictly for my live performances(stand up and one man show), as it seems to do a wonderful job in this setting.

      (5 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      NOT a recording mixer.

      By Malakai

      from St. louis, MO

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      Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

      Do not use for recording bands... at all. IT'S NOT EVEN STEREO FROM USB. it's not my software, or hardware. It's the mixer's limited functionality,
      Great overall sound quality, EQ is solid, plenty of channels for normal mixer use, even podcasting. However, do not think for a minute that you should use this for recording music. It's not even stereo output from the usb.
      Absolutely no flaws in construction. Everything is as smooth as butter, just love the sound quality.
      For the money, you can'y really complain. Even though the usb function is worthless except for podcasting.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great for Windows, but limited with Mac

      By ArlisticEntertainer

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

      This mixer works great on every Windows PC that I have used it on, but it doesn't work well with Mac OS X if you have Snow Leopard. It isn't even recognized on the computer. I don't own a Mac with Tiger or Jaguar, but I've heard it works well with those versions.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      bang for buck

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

      I received this yesterday. plugged it in but didn't turn it on while my computer booted up then plugged in the usb and by the time I grabbed a mic cable to plug it in my computer had recognized it and was ready to go THEN I turned it on so the computer recognized the mixer before it was even turned on!!....2 minutes tops. Reaper DAW saw it and was recording sound immediately and the Fx are very good..not tops of course but absolutely usable in a live situation.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice unit for the price

      By TonyKeys

      from Florida

      Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

      Upgraded from Fasttrack USB to this unit. Windows 7 32 bit OS. 4 GB RAM, 2 500gb HD. Sonar Studio. I bought this for the additional imput and more control over the mix. While this is 2 track output only, I'm only using it for laying 1-2 tracks at a time so perfect for my purpose. I've only used it about a week and still tweeking my settings but so far it's doing what I'm looking for. The effects are a plus but I use mostly the effects in Sonar 8.5 studio so I'm satisfied with the setup as is. Sound is clear and It saw the USB drivers and didn't need the ASIO drivers. I installed Cubase anyway but have not got it to play back as yet only record, but prefer Cakewalk to any other DAW anyway as it's interface is easier for me to navigate. This would be a 5 if it wasn't for the lack of better instructions, only 5 pages with not much tips on how to get the best sound from this mixer. I tried the ASIO 4 all drivers but found the usb audio codec worked better in Sonar using WDM/KS with great low latency results. If you're on a budget as I was you will be satisfied with this mixer.

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      very smart design!

      By pat mAcdonald

      from Sturgeon Bay, WI

      Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

      It's simply the most afforbable, portable, GOOD mixer i've ever owned. I want to buy three (3) of these for different projects!
      Features like sweepable mid eqs on 2 channels, a "guitar" level inout switch on channel two, and USEABLE onboard effects, all show the intelligence of the Alesis designers--they really have MASTERED putting all the good stuff into a small, durable unit.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular

      By tonyhk83

      from Houston, TX

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Practice Pa

        Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

        I use this unit with a pair of powered speakers for small band practice use and DJ applications. I like that this inexpensive unit has built in digital effects. Works well for band practice so I can put a little effect on my vocals.

        Compact and easy to transport. My only recommendation would be to include some type of case.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        best in it's price range

        By DKatMusic

        from Indiana

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        Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

        I use this mainly for live performances. I slug this thing around in my school backpack and it hasn't shown any signs of damage or slowing down. It worked with my computer immediately and is incredibly easy to use. I run a few powered cabinets, 2 mics, and a guitar through it and it works perfectly. I don't know a TON about mixers, but for 150 dollars I couldn't be happier.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Alesis has no driver for this unit.

        By MadGuitarMan20

        from Midwest

        Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

        I purchased the Alesis Multimix8usbfx to mic and sub-mix a drum set. The board works as expected. I had high hopes for the USB interface but could not get it to work on my HP laptop. Alesis has no driver for this unit. You can try the ASIO4ALL shareware driver. I will be feeding audio in my existing Lexican Alpha or TASCAM US-428. If the packaged Cubase LE5 actually worked this would be an awesome board.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Very poor update from the previous model

        By Ed

        from RI

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Sound

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

        Purchased this to replace an aging, older version of the same model which has been extremely reliable with superb sound. But the new mixer's channels 5/6 and 7/8 appear to not be pre-amped; I use these for keyboards, and they were barely audible. Using the old mixer into the same PA at the same settings nearly blew my windows out. Effects are also very weak compared to the older model. Very disappointed with this unit, but I guess very lucky that I had the older one to compare it to. Musician's Friend was very helpful and prompt in arranging a return.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great little Mixer

        By steel player

        from Tampa Fl.

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

          Good effects

           
          2.0

          Not what I was expecting...

          By skot

          from Fayetteville AR

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Performances

          Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

          OK, so like many other people, I bought this thinking it would record my tracks into 8 discrete channels in my DAW. It doesn't do that. For that you need the now discontinued, but nearly identical in all other aspects, usb "2.0" version. I can't imagine why Alesis would get rid of such a useful feature, but here we are. Discovering that it was missing the multitracking abilities, made it hard to judge any other aspects. All in all, it is a fine mixer. Somewhat quiet on the line level signals. The FX were kind of meh, though the reverb is decent. Hooking it up to my computer was incredibly... actually impressively fast. The Hi-Z button on Ch 2 for the guitar is a nice touch. But, all that being said, I could get a simple stereo interface and a better mixer for about the same money.

           
          4.0

          Nice Little Mixing Board and Interface

          By Jeff

          from Oklahoma

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Fun
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Only RECORD 1 track at a time
          • Small Learning Curver

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

          I've had this board for about 4 years. When I first got it I was afraid of it so I have only used it for 2-3 years. There is a learning curve. The easiest application is to use if for a pa. Hooks up easily and has good sound reproduction. Mine came with 2 Harbinger speakers and stands and 2 Audio Technica (dynamic) mics and 4 cables.

          I'm not in a band. Just a bedroom musician. I don't use the pa function much.

          This board came with its own DAW software (lite version). I didn't understand what that was. I ended up buying another DAW for the cost of this board. The cost of my additional DAW would cover the cost of this mixer and the included DAW. (*DAW* is Digital Audio Workstation. Simply put, recording software).

          As another reviewer wrote, this board only records ONE (stereo) Track at a time to your computer's DAW even though it has 8 tracks. If you record several inputs/tracks at the same time, ex. your band, you will only have one track recorded. In the end you will have very limited capability to mix your band's recording.

          On the other hand, if you play all your own instruments, one at a time like me, you record one track, ex. bass guitar. Then record another track, ex. guitar, then another track, vocals, etc. etc. etc. You can record as many tracks as you want into your DAW...one track at a time.

          The advantage of this board over a typical 1 or 2 track interface recorder (ex. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB 2.0 Audio Interface) is that this is a mixing board. So while other interfaces allow recording you wouldn't use them to play live. However you can use the board in your studio to record and also use it for live playing with multiple instruments/musicians. And this board is about the same price as the example 2i2 USB audio interface referenced above. 2 for 1 functionality. Live playing and studio recording.

          I have a lot of fun with this little board in my home studio. And this board can be used to play live. Best of both worlds and affordable.

           
          2.0

          Beware of the power supply.

          By Bonedaddy

          from St. Louis, MO

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Compact
          • Excellent Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily
          • Power Supply Is Junk

          Best Uses

          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX Regular:

          I have owned one of these for around six years and have had four power supplies. I will probably not buy another power supply. I am currently looking fora more reliable mixer.

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