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.
QSC TOUCHMIX-16 DIGITAL MIXER
It almost seems like the development of the digital mixing console has been split into two areas in recent years, leaving a large gap in the market. You really have the choice of a large format console that will require you to re-mortgage the house, or a unit that requires an iPad to act as the brain. There’s been no middle ground for some time. A portable digital mixing console that is fully self-contained, and doesn’t require a visit to the bank before you can consider looking. Well, QSChave put an end to this issue with the release of the TouchMix-16.
BEHRINGER X AIR XR18 DIGITAL MIXER FOR IPAD & ANDROID
The tablet market has certainly been responsible for a range of exciting portable audio solutions that would have never been possible with conventional computers. Because of this, we are seeing a wide range of products, first for the iPad and then for Android tablets, that continue to push the boundaries and change how we as musicians work both live and in the studio. Behringer has certainly done just that with the new X AIR XR18 digital mixer. This is a real game changer and is going to make a lot of people question their existing live setups.