Choosing a Mixer - do i need usb or is analogue good enough when recording?

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  1. Trickle

    Trickle New Member

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    right so i'm looking to order a mixer very soon (sadly its gonna have to be an entry-level piece of kit for the mo, i'm new to the game).

    Initially i was set on a mixer with usb ports for recording my mixes to pc but looking around, anything with usb capabilities kinda compromises other features so i'm wondering how much of a difference sound quality is between usb and analogue when recording ?

    also any other misc. info/ tips/ advice about mixers around the £100-150 mark will be greatly appreciated lol

    ta
     
  2. richie_stix

    richie_stix gomby plz

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    go for the good ole phono lead into line in mate... much better ;)
     
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    RUSSLA DNBF Monarch

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    Ok just forget this USB business for now, if your just starting your mixes are guna sound shite for at least a year anyways so having a USB won't make things sound better.

    For that budget you can definately get yourself a decent entry level mixer but you will struggle to find a mixer with a Record Out slot on it for that price.

    http://www.decks.co.uk/products/numark/x6
    http://www.decks.co.uk/products/american_audio/Q_D5_MKII

    Personally I'd go with the Numark as they have decent sound quality and generally if looked after they will last the first couple of years mixing :)

    Hope that helps, thanks us if it did ;)
     
  4. emy

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    What I did when I started was just use a splitter to split the output into two, one going to the speakers and the other to the line in on the laptop, so if your mixer only has one output you can still use it to record from
     
  5. Trickle

    Trickle New Member

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    hmm that numark might just be out of my price range seein as im gettin all my equipment with this coming terms' student loan !!

    what's the verdict on the Numark M3, its lookin like my most probable option..

    http://www.decks.co.uk/products/numark/m3
     
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    RUSSLA DNBF Monarch

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    Dude seriously that extra £20-£30 on top of £150 will make a world of difference in comparasion with the M3. Just checked it out and its so basic its ridiculous compared to the X6, you'll reget it in the long run when you get better on the decks, trust me.
     
  7. llSpaMll

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    oh hey if the numarkX6 is out of your pricerange you can get the DXM06 as it's the same thing just different colours and 150$ cheaper at my local music store though i'm in canada i hardly know bout the uk prices i think the dxm06 wouldn't be anymore then 200 max as it's 250 here it'd probably be round half that even so it's pretty affordable and it'd last for a couple years for sure.


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    forgot to sy the x6 is only more cause it was designed to last longer i think so the dxm06 would last like 2-3 years as the x6 maybe twice as long idk but it's why it costs more plus it looks cool i suppose.
     
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    Definatly.

    Cant go wrong with that advice.
     
  9. Trickle

    Trickle New Member

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    great shout! £155. cheers i reckon thats me sorted !!
     
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    yeah dude it's a sick mixer for the price actually best 2channel ever in my opinion for the price the horizontal eq's are nice too it's all spaced out n everythings so big :D
     
  11. Trickle

    Trickle New Member

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    ooh a new mixer has just come into the pipeline.

    http://www.decks.co.uk/products/behringer/DJX750

    let me know what you think, i dont really need a 4 channel mixer, but in a package deal i can get this with my axis 9's for about £570 which is cheaper than if i get the numark mixer
     
  12. Saint

    Saint Buried Audio

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    Dont buy behringer.

    Theres a reason you can get a 4 channel mixer for cheaper than a numark 2 channel one... itll break in about 3 months top.
     
  13. alz

    alz compress to impress

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    you could get a decent vestax one second hand on ebay :)
     
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