USB and FireWire Mixers

in Buyer's Guides

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OK, you’re not going to do a Madonna show with one of these. In fact, you will be hard pressed—given the channel count on most of them—to do anything bigger than a five piece. But that is not the point. The point is that these small boards allow you to easily mix the show and record it without any extra gear. Some of them actually will work well in a small studio, which means you can use it to record during the week and pack it up on the weekend for gigs—and record the gigs as well with just the console and a laptop. 

Note the big exception in terms of price and channel count is the ever-more-popular Digidesign Venue system, which offers a path to Pro Tools via FireWire. Me thinks we will be seeing more of this very soon…