Reviewed: ART Pro Audio Tube Mix
More and more gear is touchscreen-enabled these days, which is great for many applications. There have also been several successful takes at tablet apps that function as touchscreen interfaces for DAWs; it’s just how a lot of people want to work today. But admit it - it feels like there’s something missing. The accuracy and real-time feedback of a physical knob on a mixer channel still just works. ART has always been about combining technology and practicality, and the Tube Mix audio interface brings mixers back - way back - to a time when they were finished in wood grain and were all about controls you could actually touch.
Reviewed: Radial Engineering Key-Largo keyboard mixer
The team at Radial Engineering have once again proven that they know how to deliver compact devices that solve issues in your audio setup. It is usually guitar or microphone based devices that they come out with, so it is a pleasant change to see a unit designed for keyboards coming from Radial, as these guys don’t do things by halves. The Key-Largo is a multi-channel keyboard mixer and interface that brings your computer and keyboards together for a seamless live setup. This is, like so many other Radial devices, a very well thought out unit and one that will appeal to a lot of keyboard players.
REVIEWED: SOUNDCRAFT NOTEPAD-8FX MIXER
Soundcraft have been on the scene since the mid 1970’s, producing everything from small mixers to big multi channel live and studio sound desks. Recently adding to their Notepad series, Soundcraft introduced the 5, 8 and 12 FX mixers with the 8FX dropping into our offices. Designed to be compact and portable, Soundcraft have also included a host of features making it a serious range of mixers. Let’s see what these little beauties can do.
REVIEWED: QSC TOUCHMIX-8 DIGITAL MIXER
A couple of years back, I first got my hands on a couple of digital mixers from QSC. These were then, and still are now, up there as some of the best compact digital mixers on the market. I am of course talking about the TouchMix 8 and TouchMix 16. What can the same mixer possibly have to offer now that wasn’t there previously? Well, that is one of the major benefits of the TouchMix range. The hardware may stay the same, but a major update on the firmware can deliver big changes and excellent results.
Reviewed: Soundcraft Ui24R Digital Mixer
It used to be a case of needing a second mortgage to afford a digital mixer, and then requiring a university degree just to understand how to get the thing running. That has all changed now. The last few years have all but seen the last of analogue consoles in a live environment when bands often need to move from one venue to another and pull a good mix quickly and easily in each one. Not only has the price come down, but so too has the size. The features list and quality, however, has continued to raise the bar. Soundcraft have been at the forefront of this, and the recent range of Ui mixers has set the standard for portable digital mixing.
Reviewed: Zoom LiveTrak L-12 Digital Mixer and Interface
One of the most intimidating and confusing events in the life of the budding young musician is that tentative first step into an actual, semi-professional rehearsal studio. The dim-lit, dank, decades old grime on the walls sets the mood as you approach the ancient PA system and its gummed up faders. The task defeats many but once you do get the ‘test one-two’s to emanate from the charred speakers, then comes that lasting feeling that maybe this music thing does suit you after all. That first amplified victory is enough for many to maintain a hunger for mixing and recording via channel strips and preamps to varying degrees of success for decades thereafter. Zoom has, for a long time, been the go-to company for portable devices that aid and abet this addiction. Their latest creation, the LiveTrak L-12, sees them expand this logical approach to everything-to-everyone status.
Allen & Heath Qu-SB Compact Digital Mixer
A lot has changed in the world of digital mixers in the last few years, and classic console designers Allen & Heath know all about this.
QSC Touchmix-8 Digital Mixer
About a year ago I got to have a quick drive of what I now consider to be one of the best compact digital mixers on the market. It’s been a while since I got my hands on a QSC TouchMix, but this month I got to test the TouchMix-8, the newer, more compact version of the larger 16-input console. This thing is going to change the way we look at compact mixers, because QSC have somehow managed to squeeze a digital mix engine into a housing the size of what one would normally expect of a compact analogue mixer. This thing is outrageous!