Reviewed: Zoom LiveTrak L-12 Digital Mixer and Interface
One of the most intimidating and confusing events in the life of the budding young musician is that tentative first step into an actual, semi-professional rehearsal studio. The dim-lit, dank, decades old grime on the walls sets the mood as you approach the ancient PA system and its gummed up faders. The task defeats many but once you do get the ‘test one-two’s to emanate from the charred speakers, then comes that lasting feeling that maybe this music thing does suit you after all. That first amplified victory is enough for many to maintain a hunger for mixing and recording via channel strips and preamps to varying degrees of success for decades thereafter. Zoom has, for a long time, been the go-to company for portable devices that aid and abet this addiction. Their latest creation, the LiveTrak L-12, sees them expand this logical approach to everything-to-everyone status.
Allen & Heath Qu-SB Compact Digital Mixer
A lot has changed in the world of digital mixers in the last few years, and classic console designers Allen & Heath know all about this.
QSC Touchmix-8 Digital Mixer
About a year ago I got to have a quick drive of what I now consider to be one of the best compact digital mixers on the market. It’s been a while since I got my hands on a QSC TouchMix, but this month I got to test the TouchMix-8, the newer, more compact version of the larger 16-input console. This thing is going to change the way we look at compact mixers, because QSC have somehow managed to squeeze a digital mix engine into a housing the size of what one would normally expect of a compact analogue mixer. This thing is outrageous!
Soundcraft Signature 12 Mixer
The Soundcraft Signature 12 is a high-performance small-footprint 12-input mixer for houses of worship, music venues, theatres, tour sound and for musicians and bands. It has an analog signal path with onboard effects and flexible routing and switching options so you can use it for all sorts of gigs with a short setup time.
Allen & Heath Zedi8 Compact Mixer
Mixing consoles come in all shapes and sizes. From the leviathans that take up entire control rooms in recording studios to the ultra-compact devices with only a couple of inputs, they all have a specific purpose. That is why I’m always keen to try any new mixer. I often find that there is a specific role that many work well in, even when they appear to be just another compact mixer. This is certainly the case with the new ZEDi8 mixer from Allen & Heath. At first glance, it did appear to be just another compact mixer, but a closer look reveals a host of clever ideas that’ll help this create a unique identity of its own.
Soundcraft Ui16 Remote Controlled Digital Mixer
The live mixing game has certainly changed a lot in the last ten or so year, and Soundcraft are not one to be left behind in this. The release of their new Ui12 and Ui16 remote controlled digital mixers are sure to get a few ears pricked up around the place. This month I got to test out the Ui16 and see just what this fairly unassuming rack mounted box was actually capable of.
NUMARK - MIXTRACK PRO 3
It’s been a while since I’ve seen a new DJ console from Numark, and when this one landed on my desk I thought I had been sent an empty box until I opened it up. It was so light, I was sure they had forgotten to put the unit inside, but to my surprise, there it was, the new Mixtrack Pro 3, ready to take control of my mix.
YAMAHA AG03 & AG06 MIXERS
Yamaha have continued to strive to make music production as seamless as possible for any user and with the introduction of their new AG Series of compact mixers they’ve just taken it one step further. There was a time when we started seeing every brand on the market releasing compact mixers, then they all started adding effects and not too long after that USB connections were included. All these things sort of worked as separate entities within the one board, but now Yamaha have brought them all together to work in harmony so that the compact mixer now behaves more like an audio interface with a control desk and DSP engagement from the deck. This is a whole new level of compact mixer design and a whole new step forward for compact recording.