[LAU] Mixer for recording and live

Jörn Nettingsmeier nettings at stackingdwarves.net
Thu Sep 10 19:29:47 UTC 2015

On 09/10/2015 05:30 PM, Rhizomatic Nomad wrote:
> In short: I'm looking for a mixer which works out of the box with linux.
> Longer story: For an acrobatic/music group I'm looking for a mixer with
> different compatabilities:
> - It should work as a(n analog) standalone mixer for mics and instruments
> - It should work with linux to get the sources into ardour, preferable
> replace an external soundcard
> - In best case it has Midi support to control ardour and other programs.

MIDI faders and an _analog_ mixer is a bit of a contradiction...

If you can do with a completely analog mixer:

* I liked the Mackie Onyx 16-channel desk a lot. Firewire out which 
works flawlessly with FFADO, but no Wordclock in, hence difficult to 
integrate into more complex recording setups. Mixer built like a tank, 
very nice to work with.

* MIDAS makes a analog mixer with 2 full parametric EQs and Firewire 
in/out, I think it's called the F32. It's a thing of beauty, but it only 
has four auxes, which is a shame as it seriously limits its usefulness. 
I loved it when I got to use it, have used it 3-4 times IIRC.

If you're looking for integration with Ardour etc. as a controller, 
_and_ you can live with a fully digital mixer (and hey, why not?) both 
the Behringer X32 and the Allen&Heath GLD 80 are quite nice to work 
with, the bugs have been shaken out by now, and they provide awesome 
value for the cost. The A&H QU might be another nice option at a lower 
price point.

Personally, I have a strong dislike for the SI Compact and Performer (as 
in OMFG what an awful desk, display is a joke, patching is a pain, 
preamps noisy, each time I had to use them was an utter pain, and I now 
refuse to work with them).
Presonus makes a digital mixer that looks great on paper, but it doesn't 
have motorfaders and that totally rules it out for me. Failed concept if 
you ask me.



Jörn Nettingsmeier
Lortzingstr. 11, 45128 Essen, Tel. +49 177 7937487

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