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JudyB Tech: Mackie Onyx mixer for recording (10) RE: Tech: Mackie Onyx mixer for recording 02 Jun 06

Thanks, Anahata - it's a thought. Are you sure about the 16 channels out - one of the tech sites seemed to be saying there were only 2 channels out (basic stereo) with the USB versions because they were USB1 and that was all the flow they could handle.

I'd prefer firewire anyway, and the Alesis MultiMix 12 FireWire and MultiMix 16 FireWire do seem to have the ability to send the individual tracks and the mix to the computer. They're also 24-bit, while the USB is 16. They're also, not surprisingly, more expensive.

The MultiMix 12 FW seems fairly similar to the Onyx 1220. The Alesis board has 100 built-in effects (which I don't need for recording but might be useful if I ever used it for live sound) and costs about half as much; the Mackie seems a bit better on specs but it's hard to say if the greater frequency response or better signal-to-noise ratio (for instance) are things mere mortals could actually hear.

Have you used any of the Alesis boards? Have you used Mackie boards? Are they similar? A point for the Mackie is that I'm familiar with them - but twice as expensive is quite a point against.

Thanks for bringing the Alesis to my attention!


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