thinking about a mixer...

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  1. RedZ71

    RedZ71 Large Marge sent me.

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    im thinking about picking up a mixer and cabling, as i now have 3 desktop computer systems, but only have 1 set of speakers (i have a KVM that switches the keys/mouse... why shouldnt audio be as seemeless?).

    i stopped in guitar center today, and they had a little mixer (i cant remember if it was 4 or 6, but it was $99), which i think might do the trick. has anyone else ever come across this problem?

    right now i have 2 lines exiting the computers, that go to a Y cable, and then out to a single which goes to the speaker. when the 2 computer were both HP DC series, they worked fine, but now that one of them is a Mac, the mac kills the HP off the line, and the Y cable isnt going to work anymore.
     
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    keep in mind that most mixers rate their input quantity based on mono inputs, and have a fader to let you set them left/center/right.... since you want to run stereo sources, you'll have to multiply your inputs by 2 to get the number of mixer channels you need (unless you're looking at a stereo mixer).

    you have a few options:

    http://www.guitarcenter.com/Rolls-MX28-Mini-Mix-VI-632003-i1153519.gc
    http://www.guitarcenter.com/Alesis-MultiMix-6FX-Mixer-630156-i1153367.gc

    a Mackie Big Knob would be great, imo... but that's probably outside of your budget.

    Behringer is common to find and Guitar Center but it's crap. Depending on your speaker setup, it would probably be okay. If you're doing anything serious I'd say an Alesis or Mackie is your best bet.
     
  3. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I'd go with the Alesis. Their stuff is beautiful.
     
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    I'd still consider them for future purchases, but my experience with my iO|26 was far less than good.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Yeah, but that was a firewire driver issue though.

    I ran into the same thing with my Presonus, but they eventually got it fixed.
    Even though it took almost 4 months.


    :o
     
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    yes the driver was MAJORLY retarded. It was the primary reason I don't use it, anymore. However, the product itself had a few flaws. It should have really had internal routing/mixing available without the need for patch cables. I would rather keep a digital input digital the entire way until amplification. Doesn't make sense to go digital > analog > digital > analog.

    that being said, I think they just dropped the ball on the iO|26 and similar products. I'd definitely consider a mixer from them.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Did you ever check out their keyboards? So amazing. They make me want to
    learn to play piano more than any other instrument.
     
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    yes. Although I've always been partial to Yamaha keyboards, to be honest.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Oh geez, one of our area music stores was advertising the really highend Yamaha piano a couple of years back. I guess it's just absolutely breathtaking.
    I forget if it's not maybe 30k or something crazy like that.

    I meant to get over there to see it, and forgot all about it.

    :o
     

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