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8-Channel Audio Mixer with USB
Whether it is for a recording or a performance, a good mixer should be a part of every musician's toolbox. However, mixers can be expensive, but that was before Monoprice got into the Pro Audio business!
This 8-channel mixer features a full suite of input options, including four balanced XLR microphone inputs, four unbalanced mono 1/4" TS line inputs, two pairs of unbalanced mono 1/4" TS inputs ganged together for stereo control, a single USB 2.0 input/output for connection to a computer, a 3.5mm stereo TRS input, and a pair of RCA inputs. The mixer can provide +48V Phantom Power to all four XLR mic inputs.
In addition to the USB 2.0 input/output, this mixer has five additional outputs. The Phones output is an unbalanced stereo 1/4" TRS connection, while the Aux Send and the R and L outputs are all unbalanced mono 1/4" TS connections. Additionally, there is a pair of RCA outputs. The R and L outputs are ganged together for stereo control on the mixer.
- Four microphone/line inputs
- +48V phantom power for condensor microphones
- Accepts 2-channel stereo input
- 3.5mm stereo TRS jack for input from CD or mp3 players
- 2-band equalizer with +/- 15dB adjustment at 80Hz and 12KHz
- RCA jacks for stereo input/output
- Separate headphone output control
- Main L/R stereo output control
- 2-channel, 4-LED level display
- Supports USB audio input and output
- Includes AC adapter for use anywhere in the world (100-265V, 50/60Hz)
- Includes stand-mount adapter
USB cable not included.
- Stereo USB 2.0 (Full Speed) Audio Interface playback (16-bit, up to 48kHz)
- 8 channels
14 Inputs/Stereo Output
- 4 XLR / 1/4" TS mic/line inputs
- 4 additional 1/4" TS line inputs
- USB 2-in/2-out to computer
- RCA 2-in/2-out
- 2-in CD input (stereo 3.5mm)
- 1/4" Headphones Output
- +48V phantom power on all mic inputs
- 2 band EQ ±15dB EQ at 80Hz &12KHz
- Mic Inputs -20dB to +45dB
- Line Inputs -20dB to +25dB
- Aux Send on each channel
- 4-LED Level Indicator
- Stand mountable (stand mount included)
- USB Plug-N-Play for PC & Mac (no driver needed)
- Power Supply: DC 12V +
- Power Consumption: 11W
- Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20KHz @ +/-1dB
- THD+N (0 dBu): < 0.008%
- -103dB: Main Outputs
- -90dB: USB, RCA & Phones Outputs
- -85dB: Aux Send
- Mic: 2.3 kilohms
- Line: 20 kilohms
- CD/RCA: 24 kilohms
- Dimensions: 8.7" x 8.3" x 2.7" (220 x 210 x 68mm)
- Weight: 2.2 lbs (0.98kg)
PROS: cheap, compact - i quite like the stand attachment. no problems connecting to mac or pc.
CONS: would like to see separate controls on the usb channels.
PROS: Excellent options for the money
4 mic inputs
Multiple inputs for any device
separate gains for all mics
CONS: none based on what I need it for
PROS: Works as expected - both OSX and Win7 detected the input and output devices.
PROS: Light weight but sturdy.
Tons of controllability.
USB connection great and easy for recording.
Can anyone who has this mixer work through this article and post their findings?
PROS: as advertised.
- works as expected
- no major issues so far
- seems like very good overall quality
I would have given 10/10 but when I run the USB audio output to the computer, there is a slight hum. Conversely, when I output over TRS (Phones) to the same computer, the audio is fine.
NOTE: I haven't tried this on multiple computers yet but I have tried multiple USB ports.
Luckily for me, I only wanted to use USB input (from computer mixer) which works great.
Overall, I'm very happy with this product.
PROS: - good quality
- functions as documented
- good variety of inputs
CONS: - USB output has a slight hum
So the trick is DONT MONITOR USB OUT ON THE MIXER!
I have been able to resolve the issue and tested. I thought it was just the mac, but other USB devices seemed to work fine. It seemed to work fine on my desktop, but I don't think I've actually been pushing audio back out at the same time (monitoring the audio over USB) on my linux box.
I use renoise on the mac and when I turn on the audio out to be the USB, instant hum... I plugged the headphones into the mac directly, and stopped monitoring the audio through the mixer and, amazing NO HUM.
Monoprice responses are stupid, Its not the power, or anything like that. I've even tested with an independent 12v battery supply, hum is still there. It's only the fact that I was monitoring the audio over usb, while recording.
Get yourself a virtual loopback cable software and monitor through the mac's audio out.
PROS: Great interface for a simple setup
CONS: USB hum at 1khz (and resonance), only on my mac! But I have a solution.
However, the power supply is the downfall for this product. It could be just my unit, but the wall wart actually "screams". Very high pitch audible screech is generated. Did not check to see if RF interference is generated, simply could not stand the sound. Fortunately, I have about a half dozen power supplies with the same rating, so just swapped the screamer out.
I probably should have dropped the rating by a couple more points, but I must admit I am a Monoprice fanboy, so I forgive them for the very first item that wasn't perfect. And no I will not be returning the mixer because of the power supply.
Just be aware that your power supply may have the same problem.
cable connections angle toward back
easy setup and controls
CONS: power supply (wall wart) screams
PROS: 4 stereo channels Rugged build, feels expensive, great sound
CONS: output for main is 1/4 inch connection- not super bad