I am looking for a rackmount mixer that has 8 inputs and 8 outputs. I want to plug 8 mics into the mixer, and then run the outputs to an audio interface so I can record the mixed signals into my DAW.
I know DAWs come with mixing tools, but I much prefer the hardware version.
I'm looking for something similar to this, but with 8 individual inputs and their corresponding outputs.
The Soundcraft Ui16 will do what you want. I has 12 mic inputs. It has 4 Aux busses and the headphone output can be configured to be an additional 2 Aux busses. Add those to the L/R stereo main outputs and you have 8 total outputs that can be pre-mixed in any configuration and routed or all the inputs can be kept separate and routed to a any of the outputs.
I own one of these little jewels and I've done it with 6 channels but it can do 8. Here's a link:
I’ve had good luck with a Mackie 1604. And they’re cheap to buy, but pretty decent pre-amps. Also, their technique for setting gain (in the manual) will become your favorite, and save headaches.
Check out the Allen - Heath Qu-Pac. 16 mic/line inputs and 4 mono plus 7 stereo outputs. There is also a USB that connects great with DAW software. I use Reaper and can record 16 channels via USB with no problems. With the addition of a stage box it becomes a 32 channel small footprint mixer.
I do love mine for live work as well as recording.
The new stage box mixers like this Behringer (or one of its bigger brothers) are quite amazing, both in capability and value for money. They save cost by not including any faders, knobs or buttons. Instead you control them from a tablet or phone. That means you can mix from anywhere - e.g. standing in the audience area for the main mix, on stage for monitor mix. Since they’re digital they include a huge array of equalizers, compressors, reverbs, feedback suppressors, etc. Some have a slot for an SD card to record the performance.
Something to think about....
I'd agree with loonsailor, the Behringer X series are gonna be you'r best bet. Just decide if you want XLR outputs, or 1/4'.
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