Alesis Multimix 16 USB 2.0 MultiMix 16 USB 2.0 16-Channel Mixer
Overall Rating: How has this product performed for you in the real world? Haven't had it too long but it is clean and loud. I think the overal build is cheesy compared to the old Studio 24 it replaces. It gave off a bit of that burning electronic sme...
Overall Rating: How has this product performed for you in the real world? Haven't had it too long but it is clean and loud. I think the overal build is cheesy compared to the old Studio 24 it replaces. It gave off a bit of that burning electronic smell when I tried it out. Need to give it a bit more work out to test its overall durability. I bought it used, mint shape but not new...
Would you recommend it to other musicians? Not unless you need 16 Track USB. I would recommend a Yamaha or Mackie of comparable size/price instead.
If it was destroyed or stolen, would you buy it again or get something else? Depends on whether I get the ADAT downloaded first. Once done I'm considering selling this unit. I have a four channel Lexicon U42S already.
Anything you wish it had? Inserts, better dials, mid eq sweep, inline monitoring.
Features: Is this a desktop, rackmount, or portable unit? Desktop, about 17" X 17"
VU or Input/Output meters? Main LED meters
Clip indicators? Main LED meters
Soft limiter? No
Onboard DSP? Proprietary or standard plug-ins? If DSP, the interface serve as an independent effects device? Has 99 effects - low fi quality compared to my Lexicon but adequate if you just want some reverb.
Plastic or metal case? Suitable for use on the road? Combo metal and plastic, don't recommend this for road it's too lightweight.
Physical volume controls, or all trims handled in software? Cheesy little gain/eq/pan/aux knobs. Faders are pretty good though. No gain control on the line in channels, only on the Mic channels.
Physical mixing surface, or all mixing handled in software? Physical Mixer....
Onboard hardware processing (e.g., EQ strips in Firewire mixers?) Onboard 3 band eq/pan/2 aux sends. A send is for external effects, B send is for internal effects.
No mid sweep and No inserts.
Good Routing: Main mix out Control Room (Monitors) out Alt 3/4 out (muted channels 2 Track In/Out
Purchased From: eBay
Lexicon I-ONIX U42S I-ONIX U42S
Overall Rating: The sudden jump in volume on the channel volume control worries me. I would have expected it to be a smoother increase overall. I had latency with SONAR 6 PE but I set the AUDIO/OPTIONS/ADVANCED Manual Offset (Recording Latency) to 10...
Overall Rating: The sudden jump in volume on the channel volume control worries me. I would have expected it to be a smoother increase overall. I had latency with SONAR 6 PE but I set the AUDIO/OPTIONS/ADVANCED Manual Offset (Recording Latency) to 1000 and every track recorded in sync. The latency was frustrating until somebody on Harmony Central suggested I try this.
I would probably buy another one but maybe the U82S for more channels.
Features: I'm converting from an ADAT 8 Track recording setup to completely computer based recording. I already own a Lexicon PCM80 so I was pleased to see they were introducing USB Interfaces. I picked the U42S but I could have easily picked the U82S for the extra channels, to avoid plugging and unplugging. But now that I've bought it I'll plug/unplug the four channels as needed. I have mic/guitar/Drum L/Drum R so it's enough channels for my "live" setup. In any case I only record one track at a time.
It has a solid metal/plastic case which should withstand any bumps. I don't intend to use it for gigs.
It has a strip of LED's for each of the four channels, two for the Output and one for the monitor mixer. They're not bad but are not really that accurate - seems like the same number of leds are lit up regardless of the level control know setting until you hit the peak then it lights up all the leds and peaks (more on this later).
The knobs, switches, inputs are all high quality. It has two headphone jacks, two instrument jacks (which override the mic inputs 1 and 2) and 4 mic jacks. There are also two main outs which I route to my mixer for mixing/monitoring.
The headphone outputs are good - enough volume and you don;t have to crank them to hear the live/recorded mix.
There's a level control for each channel. These are not that good - I found the level didn't change a lot until you cranked it - then at the last bit you got a big jump in volume and it overdrove the channel. It was still clean but it overloaded the signal going to the software. I would have liked to see the change in level more even over the range of the volume knob.
The monitor mix knob works well - no latency for the live signal and you can blend in the previously recorded tracks perfectly.