Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire
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Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire

MultiMix 16 FireWire, FireWire/USB/mLan ミキサー from Alesis in the MultiMix series.

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songboy 11/18/2009

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It is not rackable alone.  I assume there are some rack ears built to hold this.
There are 8 XLR and 1/4" inputs, and 4 1/4" stereo inputs.  S/PDIF, Two send/returns, Stereo RCA in/out and of course FireWire and Headphones.
This Console sends 24–bit, 44.1/48 kHz. 
The Latency is not bad at all on this guy.  Barely noticeable.  Almost like chorus effect.  I also own a Presonus Firepod and Firebox and all three of them preform quite well with very little latency. 
There are 2 sends and 2 returns. 
It has a 3 Band Shelving EQ.
Yes there is also a built in effects section.  It contains Reverbs, Chorus, Flange Delay and a Pitch Shifter for Harmonies
No, there is no Automation on this. 
The Connections are Firewire, Analog XLR & 1/4", and S/PDIF.



UTILIZATION

Typical functions in terms of regular mixing are all easily accessible.  It took me a few minutes and a little help from the manual to get a good grasp on the effects section.  Its very simple but still somehow confusing how to setup the effects. 
As for the install, it went fine.  I had to download the drivers offline but that was very easy.  Updating the firmware is a little process but the update guide that comes with it explains how to.  The manual was ok.  Its fairly big so I only have referenced it when I needed it but, I was able to find answers to the problems I had.

SOUNDS

There is a little bit of noise from the preamps, but not anymore than expected.  Besides that, it is very quiet. 
Some effects are pretty good, but besides Reverb, I don't think I will ever really use any of them.  The reverbs themselves sound pretty nice.  Alesis makes a good reverb for the price.
The EQ works fine.  The knobs themselves are not as tight and solid feeling as the ones on my Mackie VLZ3, but they function properly.


OVERALL OPINION

What I do like about this mixer is that it has very good preamps, and the fact that it is a Audio Interface and a Mixer built into one.  Great for people recording in a live atmosphere. 
The main thing I don't like is that it is not FireWire Powered, which mean a big old power cable/box. 
I got this for a steal at $200.  Its in brand new condition, so I am happy with that price. 
The AD DA converters are very transparent, very good sound.
I own a few other Audio Interfaces and though this is not the absolute best sounding of the three, its the most convenient. 
Yes, for that price, I would definitely do it again.