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#2157235 - 09/25/13 03:40 AM Small mixer to drive monitors + sub?
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Can anyone recommend a small mixer that has about 3 stereo inputs, but two outputs, so I can drive a pair of active monitors plus a subwoofer? Additionally, I'd like it to have at least one pair of balanced inputs, and for one of the output pairs to also be balanced.

The sub takes line level inputs, and I realise I could just use one output pair to drive the monitors and the sub in parallel - I may end up doing that.

After an initial peruse, it looks like balanced i/o might be a problem for the type of small mixer I have in mind.

Thanks,
Greg.


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#2157265 - 09/25/13 06:49 AM Re: Small mixer to drive monitors + sub? [Re: sullivang]
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I use a Shure SCM262. It has two balanced mic inputs along with three stereo unbalanced/RCA pairs.

And it has two output pairs: a pair of phone jacks and a pair of RCA jacks. I don't know, though, whether the former are balanced or not. (I don't use them.)

I like it because it's simple, and because its small size suits me better than table-top models that come with large numbers of controls.

It retails for $250, but is often on ebay (used) for around $50.

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#2157334 - 09/25/13 09:19 AM Re: Small mixer to drive monitors + sub? [Re: sullivang]
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Looks like just the ticket - and for $50 you can't go wrong!

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#2157576 - 09/25/13 05:22 PM Re: Small mixer to drive monitors + sub? [Re: sullivang]
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Nice find! Behringer also has some inexpensive analogue mixers with pretty low channel count.

I normally just end up using my Scarlett for this kind of thing, but for obvious reasons analogue mixers are a better solution financially for those not doing computer recording.
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#2157781 - 09/26/13 02:43 AM Re: Small mixer to drive monitors + sub? [Re: sullivang]
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Thanks MacMacMac - very close indeed to what I want. Yes - the phono outputs are able to be used as balanced line level.

The only thing it seems to miss out on is that there is only a single balanced line level input, whereas I wanted two. (stereo)
(the stereo pairs are not balanced)

Bane: I do have a nice USB audio interface, and if it could be used without a computer, I would actually use it, without a mixer. I know that some do work standalone - I neglected to consider that functionality when I bought the interface, unfortunately. Perhaps I'll consider upgrading and then selling my current interface, instead of buying a mixer.

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#2158125 - 09/26/13 04:01 PM Re: Small mixer to drive monitors + sub? [Re: sullivang]
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Indeed, most of the 2in/2out interfaces are exclusively bus powered. A good sign that they work standalone is that they require external power and/or they boast DSP chips. Most interfaces of a decent channel count offer this these days, so yeah, definitely another good option to consider.
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#2158461 - 09/27/13 08:06 AM Re: Small mixer to drive monitors + sub? [Re: sullivang]
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50$ is fine. But, if money is an issue, I would like to point out that a passive mixer comes about for free. I built something like this and works great.
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Beyond the resistors, you can easily add the pots, but usually they're not needed because each source has own volume control.


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