Great mixer for the price. A few shortcomings, and a strange "feature" not mentioned in the manual.
By: K. Brewington from Phoenix, AZ, firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Metal chassis, sealed controls, should do fine.
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
The EQs and built in effects surprised me with their sound quality. Not stellar but useable. While the unit has "main" outputs on 1/4", XLR and RCA connectors (which is great) this board only provides a single "control room" output on one 1/4" TRS connector. This means having to use an adapter cable if you want to connect your monitors to this bus. And then you're left with no headphone connection. An additional set of "control room" outs on 1/4" connectors would be very helpful. Also, and this is really odd, when you plug anything into either set of "stereo effects returns" the corresponding internal effects processor stops working and its level controls adjust the signal coming into those returns. Very confusing and a design flaw in my opinion. Be sure to bring your effects back into the board via input channels. I actually sent the first unit I received back because I was led to believe that the first internal effects processor had died. If only this had been covered in the manual.
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
This board is very straight forward. I'm not new to music recording and have used mixers of many types and levels of complexity. My guess though is that even a child with no experience could learn to use this fairly quickly. One of the main things that drew me to this unit was its simplicity.
How is the tone?
Again, for the amount spent this unit sounds excellent.
Your general opinion of this product.
Small, light weight, good sound quality. All under $600. 20 years ago I paid $3000 for an 18 channel board that weighed 70 pounds and was noisy as heck with all channels open. We have come a long way people.