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Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface

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Product Highlights
  • Integrated USB 1.0 Audio Interface
  • 8-Channel Audio Mixer
  • Internal Effects Processor

The Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX is an 8-channel audio recording and sound reinforcement mixer with an internal effects processor and USB connection. The USB connection provides fast, low-latency, 16-bit/48kHz stereo audio recording. Designed for project studios and small P.A. applications, the MultiMix features 1/4" inputs for line level devices and guitars, as well as XLR inputs with gain trim, high-pass filters, and 48V phantom power for connecting microphones.

A 3-band EQ with sweepable parametric mids is provided on channels 1 and 2, with a standard 3-band EQ on channels 3 and 4, and 2-band EQ on channels 5 through 8. The built-in DSP effects processor provides a variety of effects, and also supports footswitch bypass control and has an Aux buss for external processing. A multicolor LED meter is provided for visual monitoring, while main and headphone outputs with level controls provide convenient aural monitoring. Cubase LE software is also included for editing your recordings on your computer.

Compact 8-channel mixer has mic, line, and guitar level inputs, ideal for home, project, and mobile studios
USB connector provides plug-and-play compatibility with Macs and PCs with no drivers to install
USB interface supports 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz audio for high-quality computer-based recording and playback
XLR inputs have gain trim, switchable high-pass filters, and 48V phantom power for connecting microphones
1/4" line and guitar level inputs let you directly connect instruments and guitars
EQ is provided on every channel: 3-band with sweepable parametric mids on channels 1 and 2, 3-band on channels 3 and 4, and 2-band on channels 5 through 8
Built-in DSP effects processor also has footswitch bypass control and an Aux buss for external processing
Multicolor LED level meter provides information at a glance
Main and headphone output connectors with independent level controls for convenient aural monitoring
Cubase LE software is included so you can edit your recordings
Total # Of Inputs 8
Mic/Line Inputs 8 x Balanced 1/4" TRS Phone Inputs
4 x Balanced XLR Mic Inputs
Stereo Line Inputs 2 x Stereo Paired 1/4" Phone (Inputs 3,4 - 5,6)
In-Line Inputs/Returns No
AUX Sends 1 x 1/4" TRS Phone (L/R)
AUX Returns 2 x 1/4" TRS Phone (A-L/R)(B-L/R)
Inserts No
BUS (Group) Outputs No
2 Trk Master I/O Main Mix Out: Balanced 1/4" TRS Phone (L/R)
ALT I/O 2-Track In/Out: Unbalanced RCA Connectors (L/R)
Monitor Outputs CTRL RM Out: Balanced 1/4" TRS Phone (L/R)
EQ Section High-Pass Filter: 75Hz, 18dB/octave
High Shelving: 12kHz, ±15dB
Mid Bandpass/Band Reject: 2.5kHz, ±15dB
Low Shelving: 80Hz, ±5dB
Solo/Mute No
Channel Level Control Sealed Rotary Potentiometers
Trim/Gain Control Sealed Rotary Potentiometers
Phantom Power +48 Volt, Switched Globally
Metering 4-segment Peak LEDs
Power and Phantom Power Indicator LEDs
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz
Dynamic Range Mic In Sensitivity Range: -60dBu to -10dBu nominal, +5dBu max.
Line In Sensitivity Range: -40dBu to +10dBu nominal, +25dBu max.
Mic/Line Gain Range: +10 to +60dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) Not Specified by Manufacturer
Power Supply 18.5 VAC @ 700mA
Dimensions Not Specified by Manufacturer
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
System Requirements USB Port
Windows XP, Vista, or 7
Mac OSX
Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface
  • Power Supply
  • USB Cable
  • Software CD
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    AlesisMultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface
     
    4.7

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (16)
    • Compact (14)
    • Excellent sound (14)
    • Versatile (11)
    • Simple controls (10)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (12)
      • Outdoor events / games (8)
      • Performances (7)
      • Professional recording (7)
      • Soundtracks (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (12), Novice (4), Professional musician (3)

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      5.0

      A Great Little Mixer

      By "The Count"

      from Austin, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Audio Editing Monitorin
        • Audio Editingmonitoring
        • Radio
        • Soundtracks

        Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface:

        This thing just came in the mail today, and usually I do not write reviews, but this product exceeded my expectations. The build quality on it is AMAZING for the price. It sounds great and and does exactly what I need it to do. All in all for the price this is an amazing USB mixer. I haven't fiddled with the built in effects yet (nor do I think I will very much) but it's nice to know they are there. I love this little thing and I will for sure be recommending it to all of my audio-wizard friends.

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        4.0

        Good Basics

        By Rayelle

        from Nashville TN

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Soundtracks

        Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface:

        Bought this product to be used for a podcast. It's great for the money and has a simple interface.

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        4.0

        All is good

        By Dave

        from Indianapolis, IN

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface:

          I used this for a homegrown podcast and so far (only used it for 2 or 3 sessions) it has preformed as expected.[*]

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          4.0

          Just what I was looking for.

          By Tha Davedog

          from League City, TX

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events

            Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface:

            I bought this for podcasting. This my first time using a mixer and its real easy to use. Offers a very good sound and is a space saver.

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            5.0

            Excellent mixer at lower cost

            By Rocky Snow

            from San Francisco, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Music Videos
            • Performances

            Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface:

            The older version of this Alesis Multimix 8 USB mixer cost about [$] higher. There are differences from the previous model to this one. The first change is that the volume pots are improved and re-adjusted with more more realistic ratios to each other. Example: On the older model, I could never turn the volume up on a line-in music source any higher than a 2 or 3 on the scale of 10. Yet the mic pre-set levels always had to be set at a level of 5-6. And then master volume could never go above a level of 2 or 3. Thankfully, this latest model of the same mixer lets you set ALL the mic and line channels approximately the same, at around 5-7. And, master gain has to be set a higher level of about 6 or 7 now, which is fine since it does not distort. (The overall volume output seems to be reduced about 25% from the previous model of this mixer.) The special FX are greatly reduced from 99 to just about 10 settings. You are left with with very basic factory settings that sound like chintzy, watered-down versions of reverb, delay, chorus, etc. Serious recording enthusiasts will be better off using other music editing software on their computers to obtain more precise FX. And finally, the Phantom Power feature seems to be just that: a Phantom! I can't discern any real difference when hitting that switch. But overall, for the low price of this unit and its compact size, it should give you satisfactory service that far outweighs all the other cheap mixers in a similar price range. My last two Alesis USB, mulitimix 8 mixers each lasted about 2-3 years of steady use. When you do the math, this newer, lower-priced Alesis mixer turns out to be a real bargain in the long-run!

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            4.0

            Coming from a beginner

            By bigwave

            from Texas

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Preset Instructions

            Best Uses

            • Events

            Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface:

            This mixer is awesome no need for any complicated, (i.e. lawyer, doctor,etc.) language, follow the simple Windows 7 guide adjustments, and the unit does all the rest. Had a delightful time with friends and family, for once I could be heard over the loudness of the crowd on a portable PA, and ALL enjoyed the music and some even had enough valor to connect laptop, karaoke machine, cd player, and karaoke to music and karaoke clips, remember I am only a beginner but with such an easy unit, I'll do it again. One star is left to shine, if the product had as simple an instruction on how to first pre-set the mixer, "yes it is easy for the expert", but if this were possible you would have many more beginners not afraid to try something that at first sight of so many buttons, you decide to strain your voice and miss out on a personal PA system that can be used in so many other ways. On to more venture I have been asked to provide some background music for a friends gathering days after they got wind of what I was up too.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            GREAT small mixer!

            By GP

            from Los Angeles

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Excellent Sound
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface:

              Well thought out small mixer - The sweep EQ is very usable and works well, centering on the most (possibly) problematic fequencies.

              Solidly built and with plenty of features, given it very low price. The Reverbs are very usable for playing in clubs, restaurants, etc... Not many choices but the Plates and Halls work well vocals and acoustic guitar.

              Insert points on CH1-CH2 are a good feature - I wish it also had insters on the MIX OUT L-R - I suppose at this price you have to give something up :)

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              New mixer

              By Lily

              from Boston

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • NONE YET

              Best Uses

                Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface:

                I really like the mixer. I use it with final cut pro and it does the job. Perfect size and great functions.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                best portable mixing console

                By tgasz

                from saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface:

                  unexpected quality for the less expensive product. couldnt believe that this items produce a good quality sound for the less price,my next target is to definetly buy another alesis brand

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  godd mixer for the investment

                  By German the Colombian

                  from Vallejo, Ca

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good for the price

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Portable for gigs

                    Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface:

                    I use it to record musical ideas also to check how are we playing to fix details and it works fine for it, even I carry it to gigs. I use other brand when I want to record several channels at the same time to remix or fine tune.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Equipment

                    By You Must Not Know

                    from Hanover, PA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface:

                      I use this product every week for a weekly podcast. I started with a smaller model and upgraded to this current product for more audio inputs. This mixer is easy to work with and I'd recommend this to any up incoming audio professionals.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Amazing little mixer!

                      By DRBanegas

                      from San Pedro Sula, Honduras

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Professional Features
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface:

                        This mixer is ideal for home studio. The USB to monitor function is great, for recording when you are listen a recorded track. This function routes the sound of your computer through the mixer, to your monitor/headphone system. You can record two tracks at the same time.
                        Maybe will be great to have more options for more simultaneously recording tracks.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great mixer

                        By flue

                        from Austin Texas

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Professional Features

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Video editor

                          Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface:

                          This is a great mixer for my use. I am using it for different inputs/outputs for film editing with Final Cut Pro. I needed a simple and inexpensive option to allow me to have multiple channels so I can hear FCP sound on one, computer sound on another and options for other outputs. This is was very easy to connect and get the results I need. And it was really inexpensive for it's functionality.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          great product, even better price

                          By McDoogles

                          from Florida

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Breaks Easily
                          • Poor support

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Performances
                          • Soundtracks

                          Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface:

                          Product is very good, at a even better price. The only problem i had is tech support for it. Scarce if any at all. Make sure you completely understand how to use this before you buy it. Dont expect a lot of support.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          A Great All-In-One Package

                          By Hagfight

                          from Pennsylvania

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface:

                            This mixer/recorder is great for a variety of tasks. I use it primarily for recording. Only took a few hours to learn how to use.

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                            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Great value for the money. Quality is OK

                            By Victor L.

                            from Pittsburgh, PA

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Extensive Features

                            Cons

                            • Mediocre Digital Effects
                            • Mediocre USB Recording

                            Best Uses

                            • Live Performances

                            Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface:

                            This mixer is the most compact, least expensive model with its feature-set from any manufacturer. So that is pretty much going to sell the Multimix 8 USB FX all on its own. Four mono channels, two stereo, two aux busses, USB in/out, and digital effects? For this price? If you can't afford the Allen & Heath Zed10FX (which has the exact same feature-set, but costs more than twice as much), then it's a no-brainer.

                            That said, there are some drawbacks. While the metal case is good and sturdy, the knobs feel flimsy and cheap. I wouldn't expect them to survive a drop to the floor. Sound quality through the mixer is at least up to Behringer's standard, but the digital effects and USB are of marginal quality at best; okay for a live set at a small venue, but even in a home/project studio, I think you'd want to use VST effects and a dedicated audio interface rather than relying on this for recording. Also, the EQ's are weird: sweepable mids on two channels, fixed mid on another two, and no mids at all on the stereo channels. What gives? I'd rather have had three of the same thing, especially since the knobs aren't spaced the same way - very confusing in the dark.

                            The included Cubase LE software is pretty basic, but, well, it's free. Can't complain about that.

                            To sum up: if you need truly professional-grade sound, you'll need to save up a few more bucks. But if you can live with just-okay sound quality, this mixer is the best deal in town.

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                            5.0

                            Looking for USB 2.0? Look Elsewhere

                            By amyb

                            from Hendersonville, NC

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate Controls
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Excellent Sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Performances

                              Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface:

                              Overall, love the product. Fairly intuitive, even for someone who knows little about sound (me). I've had it for about a week now and feel pretty comfortable with it. I'm using it primarily for recording purposes, although I will be taking it to a live performance tonight.
                              The effects aren't terribly strong, which makes me think I would have been just as happy with the regular, non-FX board.
                              My biggest issue is that B&H listed this as a USB 2.0 product, but it appears to be only a USB 1.0. However, I haven't had any issues with that so far.
                              Be warned that Cubase LE5 (which comes with it) is a little buggy -- has a hard time recognizing the Alesis board as the sound card, even after adjusting the settings in various locations. I've resorted to using Audacity or other programs, but they've integrated well with the board.
                              I researched MANY products (Tascam 144mkii, M-Audio, Behringer this and that) before deciding this was the best one for under $150 and am happy with the choice I made.

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                              5.0

                              Great value in a small board

                              By JB

                              from North Shore Oahu

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface:

                                I bought this for a small video production suite to replace an 8 track Mackie board. It has all the same features, plus effects built in, plus a USB connection, and it sounds great. Hard to believe the price is so low!

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                                4.0

                                Low price option for good quality.

                                By DICE Corp

                                from Bay City, MI

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface:

                                  I had the milti mix 4 for a small animation studio that I have at home, so I just bought this for use in a small video production studio at my day job and it really does the job. It has 4 XLR inputs, phantom power, and it was priced so low that I thought it was too good to be true. It's easy to use and gives me an acceptable level of quality.

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                                  5.0

                                  Awesome piece of equipment

                                  By digital diva

                                  from newark nj

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Events
                                    • Podcasting

                                    Comments about Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX 8-Channel Mixer with Effects and USB Interface:

                                    This mixer is amazing for the price. Great for more sophisticated podcasts.

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