AES: Alesis displays MultiMix line of compact mixers

6-12 channel mixers with fx built in      08/10/02

First, the important news: ALESIS DID NOT HAVE THE ION AT THE AES SHOW! Okay, back to our regular programming: The new MultiMix compact mixers from Alesis come in four variations: 6, 8 and 12 channel tabletop versions, along with a rack mount 12 channel version. The tabletop mixers have built in effects, while the rack version does not. The list prices are: 6 channel ($99), 8 channel ($149), 12 channel ($229), and 12 channel rack ($249). The 6 channel mixer has 2 mic/line inputs and 2 stereo/line inputs, the 8 channel mixer has 4 mic/line inputs and 2 stereo/line inputs, and the 12 channel mixer has 4 mic/line inputs and 4 stereo/line inputs. Each tabletop mixer has 3 band eq. The internal effects processors are capable of two effects at a time and are preset only, no editing other than send/return levels. The 6 channel unit has one aux send, which can be either sent to the internal fx or to an outboard box. The other units have two effects sends, one of which can be sent either internal or externally. The internal effects are 24 bit, with 24 bit AD/DA converters. The rest of the boards are completely analog. The Alesis rep told me that the internal processor is based on the one available in the Pico and Akira effects boxes. The 6 and 8 channel versions are charmingly small. I could easily see them being used as headphone mixers. At these prices a mixer could be purchased for every musician in the studio. They would also be suited to monitoring in a computer or AV editing setup, as they take up very little desk space. Power is supplied by an external lump in the line type adaptor. The power supplies were not at the show apparently, and the mixers were clearly not finished or able to power up. however, Alesis has finally chosen to go with a different design for their power supplies. The power jacks on the back of the mixers had a sturdy three prong connector, with a threaded ring around them. So it looks like the power connector will be firmly seated and less likely subject to accidental disconnection. Again, the mixers were not plugged in, but according to the Alesis rep they should be finished by the winter NAMM show. For more info: Alesis Albert

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