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Top 5 mixing desks to buy

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PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2AI

This digital recording console comes with an active live integration for live and studio recording. It has an integrated hardware and software system with dual digital fat signal processing on each channel, recallable presets, virtual soundcheck, remote control, and features 24 channels with phantom power. It has built-in X MAC preamplifiers and bypassable 1/4inch TRS line-level inputs.

For effects, it has 32bit floating-point processing with 4 band parametric EQ, limiters, compressor, pretty much everything you need. The desk’s design is beautiful and features a 100mm long-throw fader, military-grade quick touch buttons, and rotary encoders for controlling functions. This device features a DAW for recording, editing, and mixing your music.

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Yamaha AG03

This is a compact 3 input mixer with a USB interface and built-in DSP for sound reinforcement in recording small performances such as a podcast. It is capable of recording and playing back in high resolution (24bit 192khz).

It features a connection combination of XLR and jack input. It has a level control and phantom power with a “high z” switch for direct recording of guitar and bass. Lastly, It has a loopback feature that allows the user to broadcast their signal online.

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Yamaha EMX5014C

This mixer is a stereo powered mixer with 14 inputs, built-in digital effects, and two 500watt powered amplifiers. Its design is housed in a sturdy steel chassis that is also rack-mountable. It has two exclusive features; one is the feedback channel locater, which gives you a visual indication of feedback, and 6 channels of easy-to-use single-knob compression.

The FX send is routed to the built-in DSP that gives you 16 high-quality effects. The powered amplifiers can be separated, and one can be used for the PA speakers while the other drives the monitors.

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Allen & Heath ZED-12FX

This mixer combines 6 mic and line inputs, 3 stereo inputs for FX returns. It has a 24-bit effect processor and a USB digital audio interface that is compatible with Mac and Windows machines. Channels 1-6 can be accessed via XLR or 1/4 inch jack inputs.

It features low noise preamps with 69db’s of gain, plus the DSP effects engine offers 16 effects to choose from.

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Mackie PROFX8V2

This mixer provides a comprehensive live sound solution. Each channel features 3 band EQs and a 100hz low cut filter. The effects engine gives you access to 16 different effects. It also has a 7 band EQ that can be assigned to the main outputs or auxiliary outputs. This is so you can either fine-tune the PA or get rid of the pesky feedback in your monitors.

It has an innovative USB through switch allows for an impressive live recording setup when using DAWs such as Ableton or Reason. It also provides phantom power on all channels and comes in 4, 8, 12, and 24 channel models. Its design is modern and fresh, built in a steel chassis and small and light enough to take anywhere.

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