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Small & Affordable Mixer/Interface Recommendations

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Hey peeps!
Up until now, I've been using my Zoom H4N as an audio interface with logic for multi-tracking, usually just for a single instrument. The preamp is surprisingly good and it takes up next to zero desk space.

The problem is (besides being limited with the number of inputs I have) that I notice when I have both 1/4" inputs in use, there is a little hum that isn't there when using just a single input.

I'm looking to expand my operation to about 8 inputs, max and would like to keep it small but with actual faders, as opposed to knobs.

So far, this one seems to be a contender but I figured I'd ask y'all to see if you have any others you like....

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https://www.guitarcenter.com/Mackie/ProFX8v2-8-Channel-Professional-FX-Mixer-with-USB.gc

 

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Wow that looks pretty dope!!

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There's a new generation of Focusrite Scarlett interfaces out which means the Gen1 and Gen2 models will probably be available at a decent price second hand. I'd personally go for Gen2 if you can. I bought one a couple months back for 200$ instead of the 400-500 retail price which is a fantastic price for that many inputs. 

 

Edit: Didn't say which one I got, I have an 18i20 because I've been building a rack the last year. The smaller models have enough inputs for you too though, so look into that if you want a smaller desk version 🙂

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I've got a Mackie mix8, the smaller less flash version of that one. Built like a horse, metal frame and decent knobs to twiddle for a good price.

 

The aux  send loop is well handy, I usually stick a reverb or my granulator pedal in there, then you can assign a % of each channel to it. Nifty.

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I have a terrible cheap 8 channel Behringer thing that I make feedback loops in. My hearing is pretty bad so I can't tell you if it is any good.

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Oh god I had a 3 channel behringer dj mixer and it was awful, cheap plastic and the cross fader was weak, felt like it was going to fall apart every time I used it. The volume faders were crackly at high levels too.

Honestly the Mackie products feel light years ahead

 

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I've got a Behringer UFX12 channel mixer that can stream each channel to the DAW via USB. Works well ,would recommend 

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