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Welcome to our big analogue mixer test 2021. Here we present all the analogue mixers we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

With this, we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best analogue mixer for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy an analogue mixer.




Summary

  • Analogue mixers have a warm, natural sound with a good "punch". They are user-friendly and can be produced at a lower cost in a small format.
  • Make sure your mixer has more channels than you currently need. Make sure your mixer has more channels than you currently need.
  • Analogue mixers cost between 50- 40.000 €. For 200 € you can already get good units that you can use in your studio.

The Best Analogue Mixer: Our Picks

Buying and Evaluation Criteria for Analogue Mixers

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate analogue mixing consoles. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a certain product is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

In the following paragraphs you can read about the individual purchase criteria and how you can classify them.

Phantom power for the microphone

This is a built-in power supply for condenser microphones and should be at least 15 V, but ideally 45 V.

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If you decide to buy a mixing console, you should also make sure beforehand that the room acoustics in your home recording studio are optimal, because even the most expensive model cannot compensate for a dull sound in the room.
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Dynamic microphones are not affected by this. But if you want to work with high-quality condenser microphones, you will need phantom power. In return, you get a better and clearer recording with these microphones.

Built-in USB/Firewire sound card

With a built-in sound card, you can connect your mixer directly to your PC. However, you should pay attention to how many inputs and outputs it supports.

Firewire interfaces usually support more virtual channels, but they lag far behind in supporting new operating systems. It is best to ask the manufacturer directly.

Most built-in sound cards only support two inputs and two outputs. However, there are exceptions, such as the Onyx 1640i or Zed R-16, which support sound cards with 16 channels each. With this many channels, you have the option of sending up to 16 tracks separately into your computer and sending them separately back into your mixer.

Guide: Questions you should ask before buying an analogue mixer

Questions that are frequently asked about analogue mixing consoles are dealt with in the following paragraphs.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of an analogue mixer?

The advantage of the warm, natural and characteristic sound is often the main reason why producers choose an analogue device.

You have the following advantages with an analogue mixer:

  • The sound is very natural, warm and has a certain punch that you only get from analogue mixers.
  • You get instant feedback of your sound when you manipulate it.
  • User-friendly operation: because each button and knob has only one function.
  • Small analogue mixers can be made cheaper because less circuitry is required.

When buying an analogue mixer, pay attention not only to the sound quality but also to the complexity of setting up and dismantling the product. A bulky mixer doesn't have room at every party.

You have the following disadvantages with an analogue mixer:

  • Presets cannot be stored. This means that you have to readjust the knobs after each mix.
  • Large analogue mixers with many functions are very expensive, as immense circuitry is required.
  • Unwanted noises are difficult to filter out. This includes tape and equipment noise.
  • Degradation ofsound quality every time you copy an original recording.

The analogue mixers that have more than 2-band EQ are suitable for professional studios.

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Analogue mixers are very popular with sound engineers because of their natural and difficult to imitate sound behaviour.
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Analogue mixers are divided into 19-inch mixers and console mixers; the following table provides an overview of their differences.

Type of mixer 19-inch mixer console mixer
Controls front top
Knobs rotary potentiometers slide and rotary potentiometers
Features can be built into audio rack with other devices, also called rack mixer high complexity of the device and great freedom of action for users

How many channels do you need?

Make sure your mixer has more channels than you currently need. It is important that you think a little into the future. At the moment, you might only have one microphone and one guitar, so you only need two channels.

Did you know that the more aux channels the mixer has, the more flexible it is for effect send assignments and also for monitor or headphone mixes during recording?

If you get more instruments in the future, like external synths and drum machines, you will need more channels very quickly.

Can I use an analogue mixer with a DAW (digital audio workstation)?

Of course you can. You need either an external sound card with a corresponding number of audio inputs and outputs to which you can connect your mixer. A USB/Firewire interface that you connect directly to your PC will also work.

If your mix er supportsmidi functions, you can even control some functions of your DAW directly from the outside . Caution! Make sure that your sound card supports a sufficient number of audio connections.

Did you know that some recording mixers may have an integrated recorder/player?

In this way, the device becomes a recording mixer even where no DAW is available.

Ideally, your mixer should have as many outputs as your sound card has inputs, and vice versa.

How much does a good analogue mixer cost?

The price of analogue mixers has a huge price range from around €50 to around €40,000. However, you can get a high quality mixer with 16 channels and many features for under €1,000.

The number of mono and stereo channels and bit rate are important features that influence the price a lot.

But you can also get good analogue mixers for less than €100, such as the Behring 802. These have a very good sound quality, but fewer functions and channels.

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