What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you imagine a recording studio? A giant audio mixer desk?
A good audio mixer, or mixing desk as they’re often known, is indispensable for music production. They can be large or small. Depending on the environment, you’ll see many different controls or hardly any.
Finding the best audio mixer for you isn’t as simple as just looking for the most expensive one you can afford. Money does equal quality. But it does tell you what you’re actually getting.
At a Glance: Our Choice Of The 5 Best Audio Mixers On The Market
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Ok let's look at each product in more detail. To make things easier for you, we've added pros and cons for each one, as well as a video demonstration so you can see them in action. So without further ado, let’s take a look...
Reviews of our favourite mixers
For the lowest price, the Nady MM-242 is a great entry level audio mixer, but in terms of quality it’s not the best - and you may find yourself wanting to upgrade sooner than you expected. Of course, if you only need something that can do the bare essentials and don’t need a huge number of channels (such as practicing on the road) it’s not a bad choice.
The Yamaha MG20XU is a behemoth, and it’s got a lot of other great features as well such as high quality effects, compression and 3-band EQ. For a slightly smaller but versatile unit, the Mackie Pro FX 12 is an excellent choice.
It’s hard to beat the Mackie Pro FX 12 in this area. You have lots of effects and a ton of EQ controls that let you tweak everything to fit your vision perfectly.
Ged is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 Campervan.