Alesis, a leading manufacturer of professional audio electronics and musical instruments, announces the MultiMix 8 USB FX, an eight-channel audio mixer with digital audio effects and USB recording interface. The MultiMix 8 USB FX is an eight-channel desktop mixer designed for easy integration into musicians’ computer-based recording environments. Whether they are mixing a band or sub-mixing a group of inputs, such as a drumset, musicians will find the MultiMix 8 USB FX to be easy to use, rugged and feature-packed. Based on the highly successful MultiMix 8 USB, the MultiMix 8 USB FX introduces effects, improved audio specifications, an attractive new look and environmentally friendly, lower power consumption.
The MultiMix 8 USB FX gives users a selection of XLR, 1/4-inch and RCA connectors for working with microphones, instruments and line-level audio sources. Condenser microphone users will appreciate the MultiMix 8 USB FX’s switchable phantom power supply, and guitarists will enjoy a guitar-direct input, enabling them to plug their instruments into the mixer for amp-free recording.
Known for developing digital signal processing technology, Alesis has given MultiMix 8 USB FX a range of studio-grade effects, including some reminiscent of the classic Alesis PicoVerb. Studio owners who already have their own effects processing gear will appreciate the MultiMix 8 USB FX’s auxiliary input, which is assignable to pre and post-fader points in the audio signal path. Engineers will also appreciate that MultiMix 8 USB FX offers them flexible EQ controls including a sweepable parametric on channels one and two.
Like the other mixers in Alesis’ MultiMix USB series, including the MultiMix 4 USB and MultiMix 6 USB, the MultiMix 8 USB FX contains a complete USB recording interface. Musicians and engineers can plug the MultiMix 8 USB FX’s class-compliant USB connection into their Mac or PC without installing any software drivers and enjoy a digital-direct stereo connection with virtually any audio software application. The MultiMix 8 USB FX enables bidirectional stereo signal, so musicians can record the stereo Main output into their computer and listen back using the mixer as an interface from software to headphones and monitoring loudspeakers.
Using feedback obtained from users of the original and highly successful MultiMix 8 USB, a number of key design improvements were implemented within the MultiMix 8 USB FX. Enlarged knob-to-knob spacing improves ergonomics and in-use efficiency. The newly designed mixer introduces a sleek new appearance for the MultiMix series and incorporates new, removable end caps, which can be helpful for squeezing the MultiMix 8 USB FX into smaller spaces in tightly packed setups. In addition to its improved signal-to-noise ratio specifications, the new mixer consumes 36% less power than its predecessor for reliability and energy efficiency.
“The MultiMix 8 USB FX is compact, yet fully featured for mixing up to eight sources to a PA system, video post-production system, audio recording software, or just about anything else,” said Scott McCoid, Project Manager, Alesis.
The MultiMix 8 USB FX will be available from musical instrument and professional audio retailers in July 2010.