14 best mixing consoles

Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.

The mixing console is the basis of any conscious and any high-quality sound recordings, performances or broadcasts. AND The modern market allows anyone from a beginner DJ to professional sound engineer – pick up equipment for yourself taste, professional needs and affordable budget. Editors magazine prepared for you an overview of the best, according to experts communities and ordinary users, mixing consoles in the first half of 2020.

Rating of the best mixing consoles

Nomination a place Name of product price
The best budget mixing consoles 1 ART ProMIX 7 680 rub.
2 YAMAHA MG06X 10 900 rub.
3 Behringer XENYX Q1202USB 7 650 rub.
4 Soundcraft EPM8 12 900 rub.
Best mid-range mixing consoles 1 Allen & Heath ZED6FX 17 100 rub.
2 Soundcraft ui-16 26 500 rub.
3 Allen & Heath ZEDi10FX 28 500 rub.
4 Roland MX-1 39 900 rub.
The best mixing consoles for studio recording 1 PIONEER DJM-750MK2 103 000 rub.
2 Yamaha MGP24X 103 000 rub.
3 Yamaha TF1 17 000 rub.
4 Soundcraft Si Impact 268 000 rub.
Best Premium Studio Recording Mixers 1 Yamaha CL1 1260000 rub.
2 Allen & Heath dLive-S5000 1 900 000 rub.

The best budget mixing consoles

Mixing consoles are available at an almost immense price the range – from a few thousand rubles to tens of millions. we traditionally start with the most affordable price range. The presented models may be interesting for those who make first steps in professional work with sound, and partly and professionals as accessories for studios.

ART ProMIX

Rating: 4.6

ART ProMIX

And the review opens up the simplest three-channel analog mixer ProMIX from a renowned international music brand equipment ART. The model is notable primarily portability and autonomous food. Of course, this is not a “remote” in that understanding, in which he appears to an unprepared person, but the essence is still in the functions.

Despite the obvious modesty of the functionality, this miniature The mixer is able to quickly and easily solve some important tasks. For example, if on the main mixing point for three microphones single entry, it is almost guaranteed to be a problem. ARTProMIX can take over this site.

The mixer is made in a simple rectangular black case without a hint of some design, but we must pay tribute – on the top infographics are available to the side with the signatures of all elements management. The dimensions of the device are 143x45x92mm. Weight without packaging – 680g, along with packaging – 900g. Works either from the network via a standard 12V adapter, or from two batteries of the type “Crohn”, which will need to be purchased separately.

In terms of working with sound, this model demonstrates such specifications. Incoming and outgoing resistance – 600 Ohms. The coefficient of nonlinear distortion is not more than 0.02%. Output level no more than + 14dB, input – -14 Input and output levels can be in the range from -14 to + 14dB. Maximum sensitivity – 60dB.

All three microphone inputs provide phantom power and are equipped with Low cut filter. Input signal level adjustable simple mechanical manipulators separately for each channel. there is balanced output to the XLR connector. Also balanced XLR outputs equipped with each channel. Activated by DIP switches. AUX output that can be connected to the front panel headphones or a studio monitor. On the same panel are still located power and overload indicators, power switch and the same channel level controls.

Actually, that’s practically all that can be said about this models in essence. The functionality is extremely limited, not provided no preamp for the microphone, there are no presets and no nothing but the above. In this context, the price of the device It looks not so reasonable. It is, but still ART ProMIX is bought, loved and appreciated, not least for reliability and durability. Thanks to its simplicity, the device leads yourself as predictable as possible, and you can always rely on.

Advantages

  • quality, reliability and durability;
  • phantom power on the channels;
  • balanced output;
  • can connect a studio monitor;
  • mains or battery powered;
  • graphic infographics on the cover;
  • miniature sizes;
  • portability.

disadvantages

  • Still overpriced, as for such functionality.

YAMAHA MG06X

Rating: 4.5

YAMAHA MG06X

Continues the review of a Japanese manufacturer who does not need special performances – YAMAHA and its compact mixer MG06X, presented to the public in 2014. After 6 years does not lose relevance and is in demand. Made in China under YAMAHA’s thorough quality control. Visually already reminds namely the “remote control”, although the dimensions are still more than compact.

MG06X model is already very different from extreme minimalism of the previous version, while still maintaining a rather narrow specialization. This is an analog passive type remote control with a relatively sound processing features.

The dimensions of the remote control are 14.9×6.2×20.2cm. Weight – 0.9kg. Equipped with two mono inputs (microphone / line), two stereo XLR / 1/4 “inputs, two stereo outputs XLR, TRS and a separate headphone output. For mono channels provides a two-band equalizer. Almost all connectors and controls are located on the top panel. There There is an LED indicator of seven segments.

The device is able to recognize sound in the range of vibrations from 20 to 20 thousand Hz. Key Features Whatever manufacturer statements by independent testers have been received such results: coefficient of nonlinear distortion – no more 0.001%, the noise level is about -105dBA. All this speaks of decent studio level.

A few important points. Many new mixing consoles non-standard sensitivity on line inputs is characteristic. Here, too, at inputs 3/4 and 5/6 we have -10 dBu, that is, a little increased sensitivity compared to the standard. To inputs not overloaded, use the PAD buttons to decrease this indicator and the ability to connect a higher signal.

The remote control outputs are capable of producing high-amplitude the signal is much higher than the studio standard at +4 dBu – up to +18 dBu To connect the guitar you will need DiBOX, since all the inputs only linear. The real range of headphone output is much wider passport 24 + 24 mW and the volume margin significantly exceeds reasonable possibilities of the human ear.

This model pleasantly surprises the professional level in all little things. Even the fact that such a compact model installed the output XLR connectors, not TRS and RCA, already says a lot. And then that the connectors are equipped with strong latches emphasizes high prior art.

Advantages

  • high quality workmanship;
  • careful attention to detail;
  • studio-grade D-PRE preamplifier;
  • XLR connectors for output;
  • powerful headphone output with the highest threshold of volume;
  • reliability and durability.

disadvantages

  • some users still lack an RCA plug (tulips).

Behringer XENYX Q1202USB

Rating: 4.4

Behringer XENYX Q1202USB

The third number will consider a good compromise between professional asceticism, amateur breadth of functionality and affordability. This is the XENYX 12 Channel Mixer Q1202USB from Behringer.

This model of a certain intermediate level “improved amateur “, when using the remote control you can easily carry out rehearsals of small ensembles, but at the same time the general class of the device still closer to the start.

The first four channels in this model are monophonic, to them Xenyx preamplification failed – this is aimed at providing functioning microphones, including condenser type. how option, mono instruments such as guitar. Physical connection – via phantom XLR connectors power and jackie 6.35mm. Right under the sockets are the controls input level. Even lower are compressors with LED indicators.

To equalize sound in frequencies and create a more readable mix pictures are three-band equalizers in the second four monophonic tracks. Low Cut filters “mow” the signal below 80Hz, thereby eliminating most of the mechanical noise and interference.

The third four channels – already stereo, equipped TS connectors. Sensitivity can be adjusted slightly when using buttons that switch the indicator between + 4dBu and -10dBV. Also here, like on all tracks, there are knobs for sending a signal to FX Send to send to third-party devices for processing, signal panning or balancing left and right, send to general mix. The dedicated FX TO CTRL RM control button gives the ability to listen to monitor sound before being sent for processing special effects.

The general conclusion on the model is as follows. This is a high amateur level, sound quality, reliable and trouble-free with no shame at all functionality. And this is a budget option with natural simplifications and restrictions, and if you need an ultra-quiet case, the processor effects and other add-ons, you can see EURORACK models UB1202FX or QX1202USB

Advantages

  • high amateur / semi-professional level;
  • 12 channels
  • equalizers;
  • sensitivity;
  • reliable uptime.

disadvantages

  • may cause signal failure on mic preamps.

Soundcraft EPM8

Rating: 4.4

Soundcraft EPM8

Will complete the selection of the best budget mixing consoles according to the version an interesting model of the British company Soundcraft, which is very has proven itself in profile circles and is now included in Harman Pro Group roster.

In the Soundcraft EPM series, this is the most affordable model. By the functionality is almost similar to the line of the previous generation Soundcraft Spirit E with circuitry differences only preamplifiers.

Case dimensions are still relatively compact. —330×90.5x362mm, but massiveness is already decent – 5.6kg. The average power consumption – less than 20W. It is powered from the network through the built-in pulse power supply. The body is metal, strong, materials are solid. Optimum installation – on a flat horizontal surface. Can also mounted on a 19-inch rack.

Of the ten active channels, eight are monaural, two are stereo. The faders of the new model are installed with dimensions of 60mm. They are more accurate and reliable, and also compact, which made it possible to reduce dimensions remote control to a minimum.

Mono channels are output each to a separate XLR input, plus 1/4 ″ line input, same INSERT input and level control. Stereo channels are connected via three-pole 1/4 ″ jack connectors. So can connect keys, drum machine, any processing device signal. The inputs are balanced, support a high frequency signal. An unbalanced signal is allowed with a special wiring, but only with the shortest possible cable length.

Mono channels are equipped with an equalizer on three bands for control high mid and low frequencies. Middle range here adopted in the range from 150 to 3500Hz. Function used for manual frequency adjustment in order to achieve better speech intelligibility, the expressiveness of the sound of a particular instrument. For stereo channels highlighted own high-precision two-way EQ with balance adjustment, PFL and MUTE buttons, knob pan and other functions.

Advantages

  • high technological level;
  • ergonomics;
  • convenient connection interfaces;
  • almost no background noise;
  • flexible equalizers;
  • quality and reliability;

disadvantages

  • Many users lack the built-in reverb.

Best mid-range mixing consoles

In the second selection, we consider the conditional average price category of the best mixing consoles according to experts. Clear there is no border between these conditional groups, and individual models may be better in some ways, but worse in some ways, but generally still higher.

Allen & Heath ZED6FX

Rating: 4.9

Allen & Heath ZED6FX

Let’s start with the mixing console, which is not too expensive for the price previous, but the level here is already felt at the level manufacturer – British specialized company Allen & Heath is headquartered in Penrin. It will even be about as many as three models – ZED-6, ZED-6FX and ZEDi-8, as between them the minimum differences that we indicate.

Each model in the series is a six-channel analogue remote control. active type. The ZED6FX is relatively compact – 88.9x249x236.4, the weight is really small – only 1.36kg. Modification ZED6FX, among other things, is also equipped with effects processor. ZEDi-8 has its own advantage – two-channel sound interface adapted for USB.

Key and at the same time combining features of each model the following. Each has two line inputs for microphones with separate interfaces for connecting TRS and XLR; a pair of stereo inputs on Jacks mono inputs on TRS for direct connection guitars without direct box. Two mono channels equipped with a cut filter with the ability to turn off. For condenser microphones 48V phantom power is provided.

The mixing console includes microphone preamps GSPre with good margin and minimal noise. They are not the last turn affect the creation of a characteristic “warm” sound. Every mono and stereo channel in the mixer is equipped with a two-band equalizer. Main Mix 60mm fader with a nice smooth ride.

The master outputs in this model are also based on XLR connectors. It provides a wide range of possibilities for a comprehensive monitoring. The remote is powered from the network via the built-in power supply. Stability is provided by a strong steel chassis.

Separately, it is worth stopping at the mentioned effects processor. Through it, 100 ready-made presets are available in ZED6FX. There is all high studio quality, including reverb, delay and all kinds of combinations.

Advantages

  • brand name
  • high technological level;
  • combination of cost and quality;
  • microphone preamps;
  • phantom power for condenser microphones;
  • many predefined presets.

disadvantages

  • no obvious flaws were found.

Soundcraft ui-16

Rating: 4.8

Soundcraft Ui-16

From analog models, go to the digital and present 12-Channel Digital Mixer for the Popular Ui Series Soundcraft production. British company released similar Ui12 and Ui16 models, differing only in the number of inputs and outputs. IN in the context of all brand products, this line is positioned like a budget.

In addition to digital principles, here we still observe such innovations like a wired Ethernet port and even Wi-fi module. Such equipment is designed to establish a remote remote control using specialized software on popular operating systems, including mobile. Moreover supported control from multiple devices at once – in total up to 10, and also including wearable gadgets.

Let’s go through the main technical characteristics. Out of 12 channels of the remote 8 are connected via TRS Jack, the remaining 4 – through XLR. The master section contains regulators of the outgoing signal, the signal level to the headphones, two 1/4 ’’ ’TRS jacks are also located there Jack for headphones and four master outputs with different connectors – two XLR and two 1/4 ’’ TRS Jack. There are also line outputs on jacks RCA, four AUX outputs on XLR jacks. Import is supported and file export, and directly through one of two USB interfaces, recording to an external drive is possible.

The device contains an integrated USB media player. IN electronics processors Lexicon, Digitech and dbx signal processors are flashed. Manual frequency adjustment can be done using the built-in four-band equalizer. To the device is a specialized cross-platform software for detailed sound tuning with 31-band digital software equalizer. There are also noise gate and compressor functions.

Soundcraft Ui-16 remote control also means the ability to control microphone preamps. Inputs and outputs support RTA purity analysis; outputs are optionally equipped low pass filters. Crowned by functionality built-in effects processor.

As an additional feature, there is a possibility connecting the pedal. There is also an emergency function complete system reset.

Advantages

  • brand name
  • quality of materials and elaboration of details;
  • Ethernet port
  • Wi-Fi
  • joint remote control from 10 different devices;
  • support for many operating systems;
  • import and export files;
  • recording to an external hard drive;
  • built-in effects processor;
  • You can connect a pedal.

disadvantages

  • Wi-Fi connection may be lost.

Allen & Heath ZEDi10FX

Rating: 4.7

Allen & Heath ZEDi10FX

Let’s go back to the British manufacturer Allen & Heath, and even to the ZEDi series, but consider a more interesting product in this line – ZEDi-10 and ZEDi-10FX mixing consoles. These two modifications are almost identical with the only difference that the ZEDi-10FX is equipped with a processor effects. The manufacturer positions the models for both concert and studio use.

This is a 10-channel analog mixing console. Includes four microphone line inputs, two Hi-Z switchable inputs, two stereo channels, connection to external electronics – via USB 4×4 audio interface. Device body predominantly metal, designed for desktop installation. Dimensions the cases – 332x274x96mm, the weight of the remote control is 2.3kg. Strong construction mains power supply via built-in power supply.

Let’s take a closer look at the features and capabilities of the ZEDi10FX. The remote has a built-in audio interface, equipped with high-quality GSPre microphone preamps of the latest edition. CPU The effects here are also not “for weight”, but quite a serious studio level, contains 100 presets and the TapTempo function. There are also separate output to an external effects processor or pedal. For Condenser microphones supply phantom outputs 48V power supply. Manual frequency adjustment can be made three-band equalizer. Explicit low-frequency noise cut off Low-cut filter. There is a 60mm master fader with a smooth stroke.

Ways to connect tools and equipment here are the most varied. The microphone inputs are tied to separate TRS jacks. and xlr. Guitar or bass can be connected directly without a direct box through two instrument inputs DI. Two more stereo line inputs tied to standard jacks. Separate innovation – sound 4-channel USB interface with 24-bit / 96 kHz perception; works directly with Mac and PC systems, and with iOS through an adapter. Balance sheet Main outputs are also arranged on XLR sockets.

ZEDi10FX provides extensive analysis and monitoring. Active monitors or even the whole system individual monitoring can be connected through the Aux output. A significant extension of the remote control functionality can be obtained through bundled software – applications CubasisLE and CubaseLE.

Advantages

  • built-in sound interface;
  • microphone preamps;
  • high quality workmanship;
  • reliability and durability;
  • built-in effects processor;
  • flexible monitoring capabilities;
  • Adapted 4-channel USB audio interface.

disadvantages

  • no fundamental disadvantages were found.

Roland MX-1

Rating: 4.6

Roland MX-1

Finishes the selection of the best mixing consoles conditional average price category multichannel and multifunctional model MX-1 famous brand Roland. MX-1 is part of the series AIRA professional music equipment from Roland. it one of the most affordable options in the professional segment.

Outwardly, the mixing console looks like many of its brothers – strict metal case measuring 65 × 400 × 264mm and weighing 1.81kg with many controls, jacks, buttons and manipulators throughout area of ​​the top panel. In terms of design in this kind of equipment too little field for action, but here the creators are all offset by backlight. Literally every button is highlighted and each rotary knob. There are different elements for different groups of elements. backlight shade. In combination with quality materials that even with such close emphasis, they do not give out any flaws assembly, it produces a bewitching effect.

This mixer, like the previous model, combines several areas of sound processing – in fact, mixing, and also adding effects, adjusting individual frequencies, processing third-party PC applications. At the heart of everything is the 18-channel USB audio interface 24bit / 96kHz.

Consider the key features and features of the MX-1. Remote controller works within the limits of sampling frequencies 44.1, 48 and 96 kHz with 24-bit audio processing. Nominal input level adjustable in range from –26 to + 4dBu, the output is set to + 4dBu. Input impedance – 100kOhm, output – 1kOhm for a common MixOut and 24Ohm for output headphones. The operating frequency range is “classic” – from 20 to 20 thousand Hz. The level margin is 18dB.

A little more detailed consideration requires a set of built-in effects and the nature of their application. So, Roland MX-1 allows apply master effects and beat effects to each of the inputs separately, Master-effects also to all at the same time. Alternate Master FX effects are possible through Combi mode when a step sequencer is activated.

There are six types of basic effects FX Master and three types basic Beat FX, the combination of which results in dozens unique combinations. To unlock the full potential of mixing The remote control has various modes. So, Mix mode provides for the simultaneous operation of one digital stereo channel, six analog, four AIRA stereo channels, two PC channels, and all with effects.

Advantages

  • brand name
  • quality of materials and assembly;
  • multifunctionality;
  • many effects;
  • many modes, a wide field for creativity;
  • wide range of connection interfaces;
  • the bewitching effect of highlighting each element;
  • reasonable price for professional equipment.

disadvantages

  • no fundamental shortcomings have been identified.

The best mixing consoles for studio recording

The third selection in the review of the best mixing consoles in 2020 by version of the magazine is already dedicated to a serious technique, which is already Suitable for equipping a professional studio. Our experts selected those models that for all their high technological and professional level, though they remain expensive, but not are completely unaffordable for the price.

PIONEER DJM-750MK2

Rating: 4.9

PIONEER DJM-750MK2

Let’s start with the most modest model, if you start from the number channels – 4-channel DJ mixing console DJM-750MK2 good all familiar brand PIONEER. He really was originally designed as a DJ with adaptation for players vinyl, but no one, of course, prohibits using it for other related purposes.

This is a four-channel mixing console, a product specialized Pioneer DJ company. The manufacturer himself positions the DJM-750MK2 in as a middle class. Recommended for practice in DJ skill in preparing for club performances and may very well cope with those.

The model inherited not only all the good from the previous generation DJM-750, but also took a lot from the flagship DJM-900NXS2: Magvel Fader magnetic crossfader with a huge resource of up to 10 million movements, dithering technologies, 64-bit DSP, 32-bit DACs and ADCs, overall high quality sound overall. There is also a sound 24-bit USB interface and two high-quality effects modules – Sound Color FX and Beat FX. PIONEER DJM-750MK2 Feature – Availability an additional USB port for iOS gadgets that may well be used as additional effect generators or their sources.

Among other improvements, this model received a separate microphone section with a two-band equalizer, two connectors for connection headphone, in general, very good switching capabilities. IN addition to the hardware included in the delivery package of the console are licensed keys for specialized software – Rekordbox DVS applications and Rekordbox DJ. The value of the programs themselves emphasizes manufacturer, indicating their real value of 248 euros.

From the flagship DJM-900NXS2, this model also took well professionally positioned organs management. There is a nice highlight of important areas and an element. Generally even the appearance of the remote makes a respectable impression.

Advantages

  • brand name
  • exceptional quality;
  • improved equalizer and fader curves;
  • separate microphone section with equalizer;
  • the ability to connect a gadget on iOS;
  • licensed software as a bonus;
  • spectacular appearance.

disadvantages

  • Still, 4 channels are not enough for many.

Yamaha MGP24X

Rating: 4.9

Yamaha MGP24X

Finally we got to the technique, positioned as professional without any reservations. 24-channel mixer Yamaha MGP24X is not the limit, as part of the upgrade MGP Yamaha also released a 32-channel version. MGP24X we We consider as a prefabricated image. Despite a decent price, this still the lower price segment of professional studio and concert equipment.

First of all, we highlight the main feature. MGP24X is a kind of hybrid of analog and digital technologies in the studio equipment. A kind of FrontEnd here is made entirely in analogue style with knobs and buttons but level functioning of all is based on a sophisticated digital system. So the MGP24X developers successfully combined the analog tactile component with functionality available only digital technology.

The dimensions of the remote control are 819x169x565mm, the weight without packaging is 15.5kg. Materials and assembly are not in the slightest doubt – durable powder coated shockproof housing well-thought-out controls, variable illumination elements. In operation, the device consumes no more than 86W electricity.

High technological level of the model is visible in key features. So, the console is equipped with high-end pre-amplifiers D-PRE studio class using Darlington’s inverse scheme. it allows you to get more power at low impedance and broadcast special sound with natural bass and natural tops. Additional adjustment can be made with the innovative X-Pressive EQ equalizer capable of convey the unique features of vintage equalizers.

Each channel is equipped with 48V phantom power. To console mixers a USB port that can be used to connect playback devices, and this approach gives improved quality sounds with greater clarity and detail than analog interfaces.

The remote control includes a dual processor of high quality effects. Separate significant plus – gadget integration Apple Especially for iPod / iPhone released a free proprietary software MGP Editor for added control and expansion functionality, especially regarding effects.

Advantages

  • 24 channels
  • professional level;
  • a combination of analogue style and digital technology;
  • high end D-PRE preamps;
  • innovative equalizer X-Pressive EQ;
  • dual effects processor;
  • tight integration with iPod / iPhone.

disadvantages

  • not marked.

Yamaha TF1

Rating: 4.8

Yamaha TF1

And another mixing console from Yamaha, or rather, a whole small TF series with TF1, TF and TF5 models with different number of channels – 16, 24 and 32, respectively. Consoles were presented to the public in 2015 at the Prolight + Sound exhibition. Yamaha positioned series as highly reliable, with advanced features, useful accessible to beginners. There is a TF1 console that we take for example, commensurate with the previous model, and from the point manufacturer’s view is inexpensive.

The channels mentioned are output to the line microphone inputs XLR + TRS located on the back of the interfaces. Every channel equipped with an innovative Yamaha D-PRE preamplifier, about the benefits which we briefly described in the description of the previous model. The dimensions of the TF1 model are 225 × 510 × 599mm, and the weight is 13.5kg. Consumes up to 100W of electricity. Older model with comparable 120W power consumption is much more massive – 20kg.

To be precise, the total number of inputs on the Yamaha TF1 is 40, and This includes 32 mono inputs, 2 stereo and 2 return. There are 20 AUX-bus plus sub-bus and stereo, and another 8 DCA groups with Roll-out. The console is equipped with 17th 100mm motorized faders.

The general specifications of the mixing console are as follows. Total nonlinear distortion coefficient – less than 0.05%. Working frequency range – from 20 to 20 thousand Hz. The dynamic range is 107dB. The signal delay time is not more than 2.6ms.

The main output channels, as well as the first to eighth AUX buses equipped with a 4-band parametric equalizer and plus Flex12 GEQ on the 31 strip. The console contains as many as eight powerful processors effects that can solve a wide range of tasks.

Integrated audio interface for USB2.0 bus in conjunction with the corresponding port enables direct two-track recording of the digital stream to an external hard drive or reproduce.

Here, as in the previous model, integration is qualitatively arranged with Apple gadgets. So, iOS devices here can be used to monitoring, and at the same time up to ten can do it gadgets – a special MonitorMix application is used for this. Other programs – TF Editor and TF StageMix ™ provide remote setup / control and wireless control via iPad respectively.

Advantages

  • professional level;
  • universality;
  • informative display;
  • remote control from wearable gadgets;
  • monitoring from several gadgets at the same time;
  • 8 powerful effects processors;
  • wireless connection;
  • solid appearance.

disadvantages

  • not marked.

Soundcraft Si Impact

Rating: 4.8

Soundcraft Si Impact

Complete the selection of the best professional mixers console consoles for studio recording according to the magazine expensive in this nomination model of the British company Soundcraft.

This is a professional studio-level console with all the innovations and hi-end technologies available Soundcraft. The device combines 40 input channels – 32 mono and 4 stereo (8, if we count to each left and right separately). Every channel equipped with a DSP preamplifier. Exit – 31 tires, also completely with digital signal processing (DSP) and equalizers. Full parametric 4-band equalizer for each bus and channel.

Dimensions of the console – 750x160x500mm, weight – 20kg. Energy consumption – no more than 130W. The case is classic with a simple design. Illumination of controls, as in any mixers of this class used not so much for beauty as for convenience management. So, the console has 20 subgroups of elements. Each the subgroup is switched on by pressing the corresponding button, after which the entire working group is highlighted with the corresponding color.

More notably, each channel is equipped with multi-color LCD screen displaying its status. Main management and functions are configured through the main 5-inch touch screen. All 26 faders are naturally motorized, and automatically adjust to the activated group. Fader four layers, each supports flexible configuration.

Soundcraft Si Impact also uses a multiprocessor approach to generating effects. Built-in effects processors (here it is Lexicon) in this model is half as much as in the previous one, but this still overfill for most studio tasks. There is also an integrated MADI interface for connecting stagebox.

For high quality multichannel recording and playback a 32×32 audio interface similar to the previous model is arranged here USB. In the appendage, the manufacturer completes the mixing console Ableton Live 9 Lite software.

This console, as well as neighboring models in a selection of so high technical level that it is difficult to detect objective weaknesses that would cause systematic complaints users. As for the monitored remote control, one can only note that the fact that the backlight faders and indicators are “blinded” by open space in daylight. Phenomenon common in other models, but rarely complain about it.

Advantages

  • high technological level;
  • many channels;
  • wide switching capabilities;
  • well-designed control grouping scheme with backlight;
  • studio-grade Lexicon effects processors;
  • color LCDs for each input fader;
  • USB 32×32 audio interface.

disadvantages

  • low visibility of the backlight and indication in daylight open space.

Best Premium Studio Recording Mixers

Our review will be completed by a special category of mixing consoles. it hi-end top-level solutions where there is practically no invisible ceiling in terms of price. Indeed, the price tag of millions of rubles greatly narrows the audience of potential buyers, but for our readers we will make such a short excursion into the world of sound equipment that you should at least strive for. Add that top-end consoles with prices approaching tens of millions we still didn’t consider rubles because of the obvious availability only an extremely narrow circle of potential buyers.

Yamaha CL1

Rating: 4.9

Yamaha CL1

The final selection will be opened by a premium mixing console, which is at least somehow affordable at a price not only for the top studios with multi-million dollar budgets, but also for less ambitious collectives. Again it will be Japanese Yamaha technology, this time an order of magnitude more expensive than the TF series described above. It’s even applied here the same production and marketing move – three were released at once modifications – CL1, CL3 and CL5, differing in the number of channels – from 48 up to 72, plus another 8 stereo channels.

We describe some of the characteristics of this top-end console to give Understanding Yamaha CL1 Capability The remote is equipped one of the best, as recognized by expert communities, interface management. Most of the settings are through a large color touch screen. Broad connectivity represented by 8 inputs and 8 outputs on XLR connectors, outputs AES / EBU, 5-pin Midi interfaces, Word clock input / output, GPI, USB audio interface, Dante interface, connection jack wired LAN. There are also three card slots Mini-YGDAI.

This console provides great opportunities to work with sound from many sources – dozens of effects, 8 studio plug-ins, all kinds of combinations, plus a special software an algorithm that gives the operator the opportunity to develop his own, unique author’s sound. High-quality digital stereo sound You can record directly to an external USB drive. By Dante protocol can be recorded in the same way multichannel sound.

The Yamaha CL Series is as thorough as the junior models, implemented remote control and integration with wearable electronics. The console has a whole set of integrated features, each of which is a separate achievement by Yamaha engineers. So, the Dan Dugan function provides automatic mixing – intelligent algorithms allow you to conduct any event with a large number of speakers with minimal manual control sound engineer. Other features are designed to enable EQ Flex15 GEQ, monitor key parameters in detail through the display, patch an arbitrary input to any output (at the same time the console can work as a stagebox for any other console adjacent series), automatic application of gain compensation on digital cascade after its analog setup.

Advantages

  • impeccable quality;
  • One of Centralogic’s best management interfaces
  • many channels;
  • wide switching capabilities;
  • high-quality studio effects;
  • a large set of copyright features Yamaha;
  • unique innovative technologies;
  • multi-user mode;
  • Conditionally affordable price in the premium segment.

disadvantages

  • not marked.

Allen & Heath dLive-S5000

Rating: 4.8

Allen & Heath dLive-S5000

Complete a short premium digital trial high-end mixing console of the Allen & Heath trademark. it one of the most flexible and fully functional consoles, optimally suitable for holding special events with many participants – teleconferences, direct radio and television broadcasts, national teams concerts, etc.

This model includes 28 physical control channels, supports customization of colors and channel names, there is RTA and signal generator, four giga ACE / DX ports allocated for Stagebox Connectivity with Advanced Switching Support Cat5 protocol. The console is compatible with the Aviom monitoring system. Separate two I / O ports are allocated for expansion cards.

Basic setup is done through two touch screens on panels. You can connect an external screen through the standard VGA port. There is an integrated FX module. The scheme of the remote control from wearable gadgets on Android or iOS. To record The digital stream to external media is allocated three USB ports. Remote controller powered by a network, two power supplies with the possibility of “hot” replacing one with another in the event of a malfunction.

The entire dLive mixing console series provides maximum performance due to the ability to configure any the number of groups and for each configuration individually introduce different stereo effects, and separately on channels and on master exits. A set of programs for automatic mixing and sound control.

dLive S5000 contains a large set of effects, has a volume scene memory (up to 300), supports connecting any desired number ME series digital monitoring consoles. WiFi module allows control the console remotely via a PC. Special branded applications connect to work and wearable gadgets. For direct recording the digital stream to external media serves as a special USB audio interface.

In the context of this model, one nuance is important – to connect to mixing console analog sources, additional Stagebox for a concert event or special card extensions for studio recording. So through the giga ACE / DX32 jacks You can master up to 300 channels, and through an expansion card – up to 128.

Advantages

  • many custom channels;
  • innovative technologies;
  • two touch screens for control and settings;
  • exceptional reliability;
  • support for expansion cards;
  • remote control via mobile gadgets;
  • automatic mixing modes;
  • two power supplies with support for replacement “on the go”;
  • one of the best mixing stations for studio stocks.

disadvantages

  • not marked.


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