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Re: Active speaker with which mixer digital or analogue?

Post by rocky11 »

Bob Bickerton wrote: Tue Mar 14, 2023 7:27 pm
rocky11 wrote: Tue Mar 14, 2023 5:34 pm
resistorman wrote: Tue Mar 14, 2023 1:57 pm Touchmix is good, and has useful presets for novices.

Oh really ?? I think presets help me.
Thanks :)

The TouchMix is a really good sounding mixer with lots of processing BUT an important factor is how you want to use it! Its user interface is poor compared to alternative digital mixers. It has no per-channel faders and its touchscreen is poor compared to what you’d find on an iPad.

For the inexperienced, I’d recommend a digital desk that follows a more traditional format, with physical faders per channel.

Check out the Allen and Heath QU-16, Behringer X32 it Presonus Studiolive 32.


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Re: Active speaker with which mixer digital or analogue?

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rocky11 wrote: Sun Mar 19, 2023 8:00 am
Presonus Studiolive 16 is analogue mixeror powered mixer? ... r-with-usb

OK. I don't mean to be rude, but from your responses in this thread you appear to lack a basic understanding of how mixers/sound systems work and with that (apparent) lack of knowledge this will surely end in tears! Sometimes it's better to be honest so as to be kind.

My sincere advice is to upskill before you make any further purchase decisions, and as a start, at least have a face to face session with a sound engineer who knows what he/she is doing.

Forums are OK for getting opinions on stuff you already have knowledge around, but are limited in terms of initial training and concepts. Please know we are trying to help, not be critical.

To answer the questions you raised in the last two posts:

The YAMAHA MG16X MIXER is a good UNPOWERED ANALOGUE mixer but has no front of house or monitoring processing and has LIMITED channels relative to what you currently require - your current set up WILL change!

The PRESONUS STUDIOLIVE 16 is a somewhat outdated (but functional) UNPOWERED DIGITAL mixer which (from memory) has front of house and monitoring processing, but you may find it's channel count of 12 mic inputs limited over time.

By UNPOWERED I mean these mixers do not include a power amp to drive PASSIVE speakers.

You have ACTIVE speakers (they have power amps built in), so either of these mixers will work.

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Re: Active speaker with which mixer digital or analogue?

Post by Murray B »

Bob's answer dropped just before mine..

Hi Rocky,

I think there might a little confusion regarding Analogue, Digital and Powered Mixers going on here.

The key bit is that with Active PA speakers (they have amplifiers built in) you don't need a mixer with an Amplifier in it as well - so you don't need a Powered Mixer.

How the audio signals are treated in the mixer defines whether it is Analogue or Digital.

You've suggested a couple of mixers, pretty much anything will do the job, so long as it's got enough inputs and outputs for you bands needs. With the line up that you have I'd be looking for at mixer with at least 16 channels with around 12 xlr inputs and at least 2 aux outputs to drive monitors

You might want to try hiring some analogue mixers and digital mixers and see how you get on with them before spending your hard earned cash. Digital mixers are truly remarkable with how much audio mixing power you get for your money, but they require a significant commitment in learning how to use them.
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Re: Active speaker with which mixer digital or analogue?

Post by Wonks »

At the moment you have a requirement for six mic inputs and two stereo line inputs.

You currently have two speakers that can be used as monitors

The MG16X and the Presonus both have enough inputs for that, and allow some expansion capability.

At the moment, whilst a digital mixer does offer numerous benefits over an analogue one, I think you will be better off starting out with an analogue mixer. You simply don’t know enough yet to make use of a digital mixer. You’ll learn in time, but I’d start with analogue and then step up to digital. Even an analogue mixer has enough features to be confusing.

If you do decide to go digital, you will really struggle unless you know someone with mixing experience who can teach you what’s going on. Even then, having some basic experience on an analogue mixer will be very helpful.

So, do you know anyone who can help you?
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