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Azden FMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer

B&H # AZFMX42 Mfr # FMX-42
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Product Highlights
  • 4 XLR Inputs
  • Phantom Power
  • Input Limiter

The Azden FMX-42 is a portable 4-channel audio mixer designed for professional and semi-professional field audio capturing. The FMX-42 features 4 balanced 3-pin XLR microphone inputs with individually switched +48VDC phantom power. A pair of balanced XLR outputs provide line or mic level (switchable) signal to cameras, recorders, etc. Additional features include a switchable input limiter to reduce the possibility of overload distortion, Left / Center / Right Pan switches on all input channels and enhanced circuitry for improved signal-to-noise ratio. Overall, the Azden FMX-42 proves to be an affordable field mixing solution for event videos, ENG / EFP applications, documentaries, and more.

Balanced Mic Inputs
The FMX-42 features 4 XLR microphone inputs. The balanced inputs deliver high gain and low noise floor.
VU Meters
Dual analog meters provide a comprehensive read on audio level.
Balanced Line or Mic Level Outputs
Dual balanced line or mic level switchable outputs via XLR male connectors provide balanced audio signal to inputs on cameras and additional mixers.
2 Channel Addressable Outputs
Incoming signal from either channel can be assigned to either left or right outputs if signal isolation is desired.
Input Limiters
Both inputs feature high quality switchable limiters. The limiters protect against peak distortion due to overload.
Inputs Balanced XLR Female x4
Output Balanced XLR Male x2
1/4" Phone x1
3.5mm Mini x1
Monitor/Headphone Out 1/4" Phone
3.5mm Mini
ALT I/O No
Link Input/Output No
Impedance Line: 20 kOhms
Mic: 2 kOhms
Gain Standard: +4 dBu (> 10 kOhm load) -2 dBu (600 Ohm load)
Maximum: +20 dBu (>10 kOhm load) +13 dBu (600 Ohm load)
Hum & Noise Balanced Output: -120 dBu
(A weighted, Input Equivalent Level)
Frequency Response 20Hz - 30kHz (±1.5 dB)
Distortion < 0.005% @ 1 kHz (@ LINE position +19 dBu output)
Metering Standard Level: 0 VU (+4 dBu)
Control Voltage Out No
Phantom Power +48V (±4V)
Operating Temperature Not Specified by Manufacturer
Power Battery Requirement: 6 Alkaline "AA"
Battery Runtime: Approx. 10 hours (Meter Illumination & Phantom Power OFF)
External Power: 12VDC @ 200mA
Current Drain: 155mA (Meter Illumination & Phantom Power OFF - @ 9V)
195 mA (Meter Illumination OFF/Phantom Power ON w/2-SGM-1000 - @ 9V)
Base Dimensions (WxHxD) 8.6 x 1.9 x 5.9" (220 x 56 x 150mm)
Weight 6 lbs (2.72kg)
Azden FMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer
  • Nylon Carrying Case
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    AzdenFMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer
     
    4.6

    (based on 29 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (26)
    • Compact (25)
    • Excellent sound (20)
    • Versatile (20)
    • Simple controls (17)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (22)
      • Outdoor events / games (16)
      • Amateur recording (9)
      • Performances (8)
      • Music videos (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (24), Novice (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Field Mixer!

      I needed a field mixer and just didn't have the budget to buy one of the more expensive models often recommended. After careful consideration I went with the FMX-42 from Azden. It is...Read complete review

      I needed a field mixer and just didn't have the budget to buy one of the more expensive models often recommended. After careful consideration I went with the FMX-42 from Azden. It is well suited to my needs for a few reasons. One of which is that you can use this mixer with video cameras that both have and don't have XLR inputs (so consumer/prosumer and professional cams). You can use this mixer like you would a juicedlink or a beachtek. It has the 3.5mm stereo output as well as the XLR output which is switchable via a +4dbu to -36dbu settings (set to -36dbu for running to a consumer camera via 3.5mm stereo cable). This mixer also has the 1Khz tone to calibrate your levels as well as a monitor out so that you can monitor your audio at the mixer with a set of headphones (great for your boom guy). Big easy to read vu meters, 4 mic inputs, phantom power, and it comes with a field bag. The quality of the audio has been impressive. Also I emailed Azden twice with little questions and they called me within an hour or so and were very friendly/helpful. This is a great field mixer for the Indie film maker.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      [...]; but no monitor-in

      It's missing a monitor-in, so you'll be plugging your headphones directly into the camera beside you, but THAT means you can't switch quickly between BeforeCamera and AfterCamera audio ( without disturbing the camera...Read complete review

      It's missing a monitor-in, so you'll be plugging your headphones directly into the camera beside you, but THAT means you can't switch quickly between BeforeCamera and AfterCamera audio ( without disturbing the camera ), as you can with the Shure FP-33.

      Also missing a slate mic/tone.

      It *does* have the camera-level calibration tone, though ( unlike the cheaper ones ).

      Basically, if you can't afford the Shure, it's MUCH better to have this than to have nothing!

      If you CAN afford the Shure, though, that'll let you work more solidly.

      ( PS: being able to switch between to-the-mixer sound and from-the-camera sound quickly lets you quickly troubleshoot a broken connection:
      is it broken between the mixer & the camera ( switch/switch: hear the diff )
      once you know that, you can find it quick -- applies also to scrambled sound .. *where* is is scrambled? .. not needed often, but when it is, reducing aggravation before it wrecks the team vibe is worth it.
      particularly when the day-costs are many times the cost of the mixer )

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      5.0

      Wow! Wow! and more Wow!

      By GHP

      from Philadelphia

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Controls
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Azden FMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer:

        I am very new to the world of collecting separate audio for video... After some EXTENSIVE research, reading B&H's In-depth tutorials, reviews and in store customer assistance for the Azden FMX 42. I AM HOOKED on this field mixer... WOW! WOW! and Even More WOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWW!!!!

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          5.0

          Compares well with Shure FP33

          By Rick

          from Baltimore, MD

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Compact
          • Competitive
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Music Videos
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording
            • Soundtracks

            Comments about Azden FMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer:

            And the Shure is double the price of the comparable Shure mixer. Not saying the Azden is better, but we certainly notice no falloff in performance. In fact there's one additional stereo input channel. Perhaps the workmanship is not as solid but nothing noticeable up to this point. It's a great mixer for any type of field production not requiring more than four inputs.

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            4.0

            Versatility, good quality at good price

            By Rodrigo

            from Azores Islands Portugal

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Music Videos
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Azden FMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer:

              I've been using it yet on the small works on the field, and it has been doing wonderful.

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              5.0

              Great mixer

              By Whitetornado

              from Montreal, Canada

              About Me Novice

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              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Azden FMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer:

                This is exactly what I was looking for, simple to use, everything you need is there. Solid build, easy to see meters, used it while shooting a music band video, used it while recording voice-overs, worked perfect, I'm totally satisfy with that product.

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                5.0

                Great mixer for the price.

                By AJ

                from Brisbane, Australia

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                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Great value
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Film Video
                • Indie Filmmaking
                • Low Budget Productions
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Azden FMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer:

                This was purchased for seperate audio recording for short films & interviews as the Rode NTG2 / Zoom H4N combo I have just aren't hot enough.
                Build quality is excellent. I found it easy to use, love the selectable line / mic output in addition to the 3.5mm for direct to camera, plenty of output options.
                Levels are a bit off (barely register but are maxed on the H4N), suspect it's more likely the NTG2 just isn't hot enough to register, get great audio at the H4N but (I'm really just running it as a preamp at the moment). Keen to try it with a hotter mic like the Sennheiser M66 or something.
                If you are after a great value mixer that does the job, this is it.
                Obviously if your budget stretches to it, you'll be getting Sound Devices gear but in this budget price range these are unbeatable.

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                (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I want to buy this prudoct

                By Nihatdelen

                from Qurens NY

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Azden FMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer:

                  Profession

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                  5.0

                  My first order with B&H

                  By rob the drummer

                  from Scotland

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Azden FMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer:

                    This was the first time that I ordered a product from B&H and it certainly won't be the last - it was shipped when they said it would be and arrived well before the expected time. The FMX-42 4 Channel Microphone Field Mixer by Azden was just what I was looking for at a price that was really terrific comnpared with what I would pay in my own country. The mixer is small and compact and is easily transportable when I need it and being battery powered is ideal for situations where power is not available. The product itself is very robust and comes with a case which protects it from the elements.

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Dont judge this unit by it's price

                    By Andrew

                    from Los Angeles, CA

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                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Controls
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Sturdy
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Limited Functions

                    Best Uses

                    • Field Recording
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Azden FMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer:

                    This is a great quality 4 channel field mixer for the price. It's completely metal and sounds great. I've used it on numerous short films with 3 lavs and 1 boom. Easy to figure out and easy to use. The only downside is that it doesn't have a line to listen to the return from the camera feed, if you want that simply get the 42a which has the 10 pin camera cable, although you still can't listen to the return I don't think. However that's never really been a problem for me as I send the two outputs from this to a timecode based recorder.

                    The only difficult thing for me is that the unit has permanent side rails that extend higher than the mixer so you can attach a brace to it, this makes it hard to fit the unit into a Porta Brace bag though.

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                    5.0

                    Solid Mixer!

                    By Josh

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Controls
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Azden FMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer:

                      This mixer performs very well. I've only gotten a chance to use it on 4 professional gigs.

                      Well built, good alternative to any of the low end "Sound Devices" field mixers.

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                      5.0

                      Nice feel with this unit. Clean sound an

                      By Rob

                      from Australia - Ballarat

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Lightweight easy to use

                      Cons

                      • Don't use rechargables

                      Best Uses

                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Azden FMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer:

                      I haven't used it a lot and mainly done testing at this stage. Purchased unit for use in the field here in Australia for video presentation work, gives me easy accesss for additional mic inputs. Can switch to line or mic level. Seems clean outputs and easy control access. Use the Phantom power only unless it is needed, as this can cause noise on the output. But seems very low and insignifigant. Full testing on the unit is still underway. Rechargable batteries I don't think will last, as the voltage is a little low. Had to purchase a hirose connector and cheap 300ma power pack for use here in Australia. These parts are readily available as from August2011.

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                      5.0

                      Meets my needs

                      By Kelldog

                      from Cincinnati

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Azden FMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer:

                          So far, so good. Crystal clear sound with a boom mic (Rode NT3), Canon HV30 and Beachtek DXA-2T.

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                          5.0

                          Fantastic!

                          By MOR

                          from Pensacola, FL

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Events
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Azden FMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer:

                            I needed a field mixer for corporate training. I have run into issues with using audio systems at hotels. sometimes they just flake out and you lose your audio. I connect my wireless mic into the input and the camera into one of the outputs. I connect the other output into their audio system. This way if their system flakes out, I don't lose my clean audio. The people who are attending might not be able to hear, but i can.
                            It was exactly what i needed.

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                            4.0

                            I would recommend this

                            By BC

                            from fAIRFIELD

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Light easy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Soundtracks

                              Comments about Azden FMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer:

                              used in efp

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                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Awesome Mixer!

                              By Shane

                              from San Francisco Bay Area

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate Controls
                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Excellent Sound
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Audio Video Production
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Azden FMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer:

                                I'm really impressed with this product. I found it easy to use and it produces great audio. I'm using it with two lavalier and one boom mic with the audio outputs going to both a camcorder via XLR cables and a portable audio recorder. I use the phantom power to power my boom mic. The only downside is that it takes 6 AA batteries but they seem to last long enough. Great product!

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                                5.0

                                Great Mixer

                                By Bongo

                                from Eureka CA.

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate Controls
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Excellent Sound
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Events
                                  • Music Videos
                                  • Professional Recording
                                  • Soundtracks

                                  Comments about Azden FMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer:

                                  Pro Sound field mixing, on location wireless lav and boom. Love the tone gen. and slate mic.
                                  Interviews,Film sound.

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                                  4.0

                                  Good Replacement

                                  By onick

                                  from grand rapids, MI

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Accurate Controls
                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Excellent Sound

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Azden FMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer:

                                      We have used it for portable ENG style video productions; it replaces much older electro-voice
                                      unit which was rehabbed, and placed as backup at public access tv station.

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                                      4.0

                                      Good Mixer

                                      By G&P Productions

                                      from Columbus, Oh

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Excellent Sound
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                      • Difficult To Use

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Professional Recording

                                      Comments about Azden FMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer:

                                      This is a great product for the price! I used it on a shoot for a Canon 5d Mark ii... Although it was initially hard to get it synced up, after installing Magic Lantern and figuring out the best settings, it was great! It makes a WORLD of difference for your field sound engineer to have their own external mixer and ability to adjust the 4 channels with an adjustable stereo output! Very clean audio too.

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                                      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Great Little Mixer!

                                      By Bill

                                      from Jackson, MS

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Accurate Controls
                                      • Compact
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Excellent Sound
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Events
                                        • Music Videos
                                        • Professional Recording

                                        Comments about Azden FMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer:

                                        Using this with my 5D and HVX200. Works great with both cameras. I had been recording directly into the HVX200, but this mixer is giving me much cleaner sound from my Sennhiser lav into the HVX200 and 5D
                                        Works great and much cleaner audio.

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                                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        I RECOMMEND

                                        By TALYTA

                                        from PIAUÍ, BRASIL.

                                        About Me Experienced

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Accurate Controls
                                        • Compact
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Excellent Sound
                                        • Versatile

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Professional Recording

                                          Comments about Azden FMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer:

                                          THIS IS THE BEST MIXER IN TERMS OF COST EFFECTIVE, PROFESSIONAL QUALITY. I RECOMMEND.

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                                          5.0

                                          Worked better than I expected

                                          By DY

                                          from California

                                          About Me Experienced

                                          Pros

                                          • Accurate Controls
                                          • Compact
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Excellent Sound
                                          • Versatile

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Amateur Recording
                                            • Events
                                            • Music Videos
                                            • Performances
                                            • Professional Recording

                                            Comments about Azden FMX-42 4-Channel Microphone Field Mixer:

                                            I was looking for a clean mixer for my Rode NTG-3 shotgun mic for a video shoot with my Canon 5DMII for a Choral performance inside a large traditional church with a balcony in the rear and altar/stage in the front and 1,000 fixed seat capacity. The choir consisted of 200 singers along with a small orchestra situated on the stage. I wanted a mixer mic setup that would be sensitive to picking up the performance from where I was perched on the first row balcony. The NTG-3 was mounted on top of the Canon 5D with a shock mount and connected to an Azden FMX-42 mixer with phantom power turned on. The mixer was connected directly into the 5D onboard mic input. The audio results were outstanding way beyond what I was expecting. Glad not to have to use a separate recorder and synching in post. I first got this idea from 5DFilmMaking School, [...]. Where Alex explained how to use the Azden connected to a Canon 5DMII using Magic Lantern. Note however since I was using the Canon upgraded firmware 2.7 that disables automatic gain control with manual controls I did not require Magic Lantern. Everything worked out better than expected.

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