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10-channel Mixer with USB
Professionally mix your next gig or recording session using this 10-Channel Mixer with USB from Monoprice!
This mixer features two mono inputs and four stereo pairs, for a total of 10 channels. Additionally, it includes a bidirectional USB port, for stereo playback from or stereo recording to a PC. It also includes an AUX SEND (mono), CD/Tape In/Out (stereo), Headphones out (stereo), Control Room Out (2x mono), and Main Out (2x mono).
The two mono channels are intended primarily for microphone input and feature balanced XLR and both balanced and unbalanced 1/4" TRS/TS jacks. Phantom power is available for the XLR inputs and both channels feature a three-band equalizer. A gain control for each mono channel gives the ability to boost the signal from 0 to 50dB and 75Hz low-cut switch allows you to eliminate 60Hz hum or stage rumble.
The remaining eight channels are divided into four stereo pairs for ease of control. Each includes a +4dBU/-10dBv switch, which adjusts the input sensitivity for various types of devices. Each stereo pair features a balance control, a peak LED, and a level control, which can attenuate the signal to -∞ or boost it to +15dB.
- 2 mono inputs with gold plated XLR and balanced TRS jacks
- 4 stereo inputs with balanced TRS jacks
- GAIN control and +48V phantom power for mono inputs
- 3-band EQ plus 75Hz low cut filter on all mono channels
- 1 POST-fader AUX SEND for effect sends
- Peak LED on each channel
- 2-track IN/OUT with discrete switches for routing to Control Room and to Main Mix
- Built in 2-in/2-out plug-n-play USB audio interface with audio resolution up to 16-bits, 48kHz
- User's Manual (Mar 19, 2015)
|Frequency Response||Mic Input to Any Output (Gan @ 0dB, rated output level)||20Hz ~ 75kHz (0, -1dB)|
|20Hz ~ 130kHz (0, -3dB)|
|Distortion (THD+N)||Mic Input to MAIN Output (Gain @ 0 dB, rated output level @ 20Hz ~ 20kHz bandwidth, A-weighted)||≤0.01%|
|MIC EIN (Equivalent Input Noise)||Input: Channel INPUT MIC (Rs=150Ω, Gain @ Max., 20Hz ~ 20kHz bandwidth)||-117dBu|
|CMRR (Common Mode Rejection Ration)||MIC IN to MAIN OUT (Gain @ Max., @ 1kHz)||60dB|
|Input Gain Control Range (20Hz ~ 20kHz bandwidth)||Mono Channels||MIC: 0 to 50dB|
|LINE: -35 to +15dB|
|Stereo Channels||LINE: -9 to +5dB|
|Attenuation (Crosstalk) (20Hz ~ 20kHz bandwidth, Line in, 1/4" TRS Main Out, 1kHz relative to 0 dBu, 22Hz ~ 22kHz Filter, Gain @ unity)||Main Mix knob/fader @ -∞ (A-weighted)||-80dBu|
|Channel Level knob/fader @ -∞ (A-weighted)||-82dBu|
|Rated Output Level||Main, Aux, Control Room output (all knob/fader @ 0 dBu, 1kHz)||0dBu|
|Maximum Output Level||Main,m Aux, Control Room output (all knob/fader @ 0 dBu, 1kHz, 22Hz ~ 22kHz Filter, THD @ 1%)||+22dBu|
|Maximum Voltage Gain (EQ and PAN/BAL knob @ 0dB, All other knobs or faders @ max, DFX mute, 1kHz, Rs=600Ω)||Mono Channel MIC INPUT → MAIN OUT (1/4" TRS unbalanced)||75dBu|
|Mono Channel MIC INPUT → CTRL RM/PHONES (1/4" TRS Stereo)||85dBu|
|Mono Channel MIC INPUT → AUX SEND OUT (1/4" TRS unbalanced)||95dBu|
|Mono Channel MIC INPUT → TAPE OUT (RCA)||75dBu|
|Mono Channel LINE INPUT → MAIN OUT (1/4" TRS unbalanced)||60dBu|
|Stereo Channel LINE INPUT → MAIN OUT (1/4" TRS unbalanced)||20dBu|
|TAPE INPUT → MAIN OUT (1/4" TRS unbalanced)||10dBu|
|AUX RETURN INPUT → MAIN OUT (1/4" TRS unbalanced)||—|
|Main Mix Noise (20Hz ~ 20kHz bandwidth, MAIN OUT all knob/fader @ 0 dBu, Gain @ unity)||Main Mix knob/fader @ -∞, Channel Level knob/fader @ -∞, A-weighted)||-106dBu|
|Main Mix knob/fader @ 0dB, Channel Level knob/fader @ -∞, A-weighted||-93dBu|
|Main Mix knob/fader @ 0dB, Channel Level knob/fader @ 0dB, A-weighted||-92dBu|
|Input HPF||Mono Channel||-7dBu @ 75Hz|
|Equalization (Mono Channels)||High||±15dB @ 12kHz|
|Mid||±15dB @ 2.5kHz|
|Low||±15dB @ 80Hz|
|Peak Indicators||Channels 1-10||+17dBu|
|VU Meters||Main Left and Right (4-segment)||-20, 0 (0dBu), +6, +19|
|Impedance||Microphone Input||(Clip) 2.6kΩ|
|Ctrl Room, Aux Send||120Ω|
|USB Section||USB Interface||USB 2.0 full-speeed compliant|
|ADC & DAC||16-bit Delta-Sigma, 44.1kHz sampling rate|
|Supported Operating Systems||
Windows 2000, XP, or higher
Max OS 9.0.4 or higher, 10.X or higher
|Phantom Power||Mic Pin2/Pin3 and Pin1 (XLR-3-31 type balanced 1=GND, 2=HOT, 3=COLD)||+48V|
|Power Supply||Adapter||+18 VDC, 1000mA|
|Power Consumption||ALL LOAD||10W|
|Physical||Dimensions (LxWxD>||9 .9" x 8.2" x 2.1" (251 x 209 x 53 mm)|
|Weight||3.35 lbs. (1.52kg)|
This unit was provided by Monoprice
First Glance: Unboxing the mixer for the first time yields the mixer itself, a small-ish power brick, but no USB cable for the interface to a computer. So just keep that in mind before ordering, and with its price point its honestly not that big of a deal since buying the cable is probably just a few more bucks. Just add one to your cart before your order is complete, or check if you have a spare laying around. The mixer itself isn't very lightweight, but certainly not overly heavy other. It feels robust enough to get the job done and I don't see it being a hassle to transport around for gigs or whatever you plan to use it for. Knobs for EQ, levels, Pan, everything feels sturdy and robust. Has phantom power when needed for condenser microphones (like Monoprice's Lollipop Large Diaphragm Mic, which this is being tested with), monitoring, control room levels, the works. For a smaller compact mixer, you get a lot for the price. The only thing missing are effects, but thats not a real big deal and if you're seasoned with post production then adding a few finishing touches is going to be easy anyway. Work with the room you're also in, deaden it or work in something more open to get a more natural reverb. Can always monitor live and see what you get before recording.
Functionality/Quality: The 10 Channel Mixer with USB does exactly what its meant to do: grab sound sources. And it does that well. I did notice a tiny bit of a noise floor while using the Lollipop Style Mic, and while just isolating the noise floor itself with no microphone plugged in. Its very minimal, isn't very noticeable in recordings unless you're really paying attention with some headphones, and at that point its going to be fairly easy to clean up with some noise reduction plugins/software if you absolutely don't want any hint of that in there. Thats just the nature of the beast with most electronics, the noise is just going to be there. Whether it comes from the power source of a mixer, or microphone, or coming through a USB connection, theres typically always a noise floor of some type. It just depends on its intensity and if it makes your recordings unusable. I troubleshooted this as best I could, and there was no specific reason for the noise floor to exist, it's easily worked around. However if you do have multiple inputs and more and more channels on this mixer are used, the noisefloor may become more evident. That's due to the fact that more circuits are drawing power, therefore background interference (the noise floor) can increase. I currently only have one XLR microphone to work with, specifically a condenser. Speaking of that, switching the phantom power switch on may exhibit a slight fuzzy noise if you're monitoring, or out of your speakers you're listening through being that the power draw does increase to feed whichever microphone needs that extra jump. This is normal, and its best to turn on your phantom power with all your levels down and not have your mic plugged in just yet. Let the circuit warm up for use.
EQ, Fade, Panning, everything works like a charm. Again this is one of the items I'm hard pressed to find a con about. I'd love to sit here and try all the inputs at once, all 10, but again I just don't have that many microphones. Also nothing to feed in any effects so that feature is left untouched for now. I've tested each XLR input, each ¼' input as well with a more bargain microphone that was maybe 20 bucks out of a electronics store that happens to sell a lot of cellphones too and their name starts with an R. Yea, figure that one out, its easy. They all sound just fine, none of them exhibiting more noise or anything of the such than the other. I even typically leave my EQ on this mixer more flat, it sounds fine as is, but that will depend on your microphone's frequency response, capsule, everything. So just fiddle with it til you find what tickles your ears. Yea, I said 'tickles your ears'. Your brain man.
I used to do a lot of pod-casting and amateur internet radio, and I certainly wanted to put this puppy through the paces with that. I fed in audio from my PC via a 3.5mm stereo plug split out to RCA left/right into the mixer, had my Lollipop Style Monoprice mic on channel 1, and then boom right back to the PC of course with the USB. You can do this with software as well, and fade things with your mouse by hand if you'd like, and broadcasting software like SAM can be intuitive like that as well. But, when you have a physical mixer infront of you, and perhaps guests as well if you ever want to do a live podcast like that, it makes things so much simpler. Everything is at your fingertips, things are streamlined, and you just simply have more control. Feed in whatever audio sources you want to, and fade, mute, pan to your heart's content. Its going to be hard to find another mixer, let alone a 10-channel one, at this price range with this quality. I have seen other competitors with their 6, maybe 8 channel offerings at nearly double the price.
Before closing up, being that I know there's a bit of noisefloor to this, I did use some noise removal within Audacity (which is a free open source audio editing/recording program by the way, look it up, even the pros use it), and just as long as you have your parameters right, you won't be diminishing the end product. It's easy to do a bit too harsh of a noise-removal pass and have your audio sound like data is literally missing from it (roboty,static end result). Find your sweet spot and you'll be fine.
Conclusion: Need some road gear, want to get your personal home studio up and running, and don't want to rely on software that mimics the performance and tangible difference that a physical mixer is going to give you? The 10 Channel Mixer w/ USB by Monoprice is your answer. Plug in whatever you want with an XLR or 1/4”, and produce away. I implore you. Tired of USB microphones or 3.5mm headsets? Do you want that studio grade sound? Get this, pair it with a Lollipop-Style Large Diaphragm Mic, and get to work. Already got some mics laying around? Thats no biggie, at least start putting them to use and get your ideas recorded and HEARD. Monoprice backs all their products with an impeccable warranty, so don't worry you'll still sleep at night. Don't use this as a pillow though, lets not get carried away..
Get this mixer. It's Rooster stamped.
Explored all power/ground loop possibilities.
Tried 3 different usb cables Did not change characteristics of noise issue.
With a problem as critical as this. The unit cannot be considered a viable USB interface.
Planning on just buying a real USB audio interface...
WOULD NOT RECOMMEND
PROS: - Output works beautifully
- Robust pots and plugs.
CONS: Input DAC has high pitched USB-related noise clearly audible in recordings. Impractical to noise gate out this noise.
PROS: Great Value and functionality.
CONS: Shielding to prevent static?