Alesis iMultiMix 8USB Table Top Mixer Review

The Alesis iMultiMix 8USB Table Top Mixer combines the features of a mixer, digital recorder, audio interface, and effects unit into one small package. Its intuitive controls and high audio quality make this recorder perfect for performers and home recording enthusiasts.

The Features

It features four high gain microphone preamps with 48 volt phantom power using XLR or 1/4″ balanced jacks. Two of these inputs can be switched to instrument inputs, allowing you to plug a guitar or bass directly into the unit. The iMultiMix includes four more 1/4″ jacks in the form of two stereo channels. Every channel on this mixer features three band equalization. Two aux sends and returns, 2-track out, and separate control room and main outputs round out the mixer section. Audio from the mixer can be recorded to a computer, an attached iPod, or even both at the same time.

Alesis iMultiMix 8USB Table Top Mixer

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The Sound

It is capable of recording CD quality 16 bit audio at either 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz sampling rates, allowing for high audio fidelity. Starting at the mixer section, the four included preamps are capable of providing plenty of clean gain for dynamic microphones or quiet sources. These channels include a switchable 75 Hz high pass filter to eliminate unwanted frequencies in the lower end of the spectrum. The two additional channels can be used for two stereo sources or four mono sources.

The effects section of the Alesis iMultiMix 8USB Table Top Mixer includes hall, room, plate, and chamber reverbs as well as additional effects such as chorus, flanging, delay, and pitch shifting. There are also several presets included that combine several of these effects. The two included aux sends and returns can be used to attach external effects devices as well. Plugging the iMultiMix into a computer via the USB port allows it to be used as an audio interface with the included Steinberg Cubase LE software.

iPod Connectivity

The Alesis iMultiMix 8USB includes an iPod dock that can be used with the iPod Classic, the 5th generation Video iPod, and 2nd and 3rd generation iPod Nanos. Once seated in the dock, the iPod can be used as an integrated recording device, effectively turning the iMultiMix into a digital recorder. The iPod can also be used for playback, so musicians can play along with songs on the iPod or use them for backing tracks.

A Tabletop Recording Studio

A musician on a budget should look no further than the Alesis iMultiMix 8USB Table Top Mixer, and even musicians who already own similar equipment will find it useful. Its clean audio, impressive feature set, and easy to use controls should ensure it a spot in many home recordists’ hands.

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