There are 16 inputs on the UB1622FX-PRO and a bunch of knobs and sliders. This mixer reminds me of the XENYX 1204usb mixer that is also made from Behringer. The UB1622FX-PRO is no longer manufactured and has been replaced by several models but I still think that the quality and build of the UB1622FX-PRO is one of the best they have made over at Behringer.
This mixer is pretty good as most of the Behringer mixers are. The Eurorack series have been involved in my set up for a long time and I have never had any issues with them.
Neumann U87 Ai is a recording microphone that is based around a condenser technology.
Audio-Technica AT2020 is a recording mic that its based around a condenser technology.
The Phonic Helix 18 is a 14 channel mixer that will work with Windows computers running XP service pack 1 and service pack 2 and even Vista computers in 32 and 64 bit. You will just need to have a faster processor for it to work perfectly. These specs are very important with this interface because there are some driver issues and compatibility issues that can come about.
The MultiMix 16 is a mixer that has 16 channels and built in effects, it connects to a computer via USB connection and is also an audio interface. There are a lot of knobs on this unit and with the price I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was. I had a chance to use this, and see another artist do a demo on it at a music conference in Tennessee not too long ago. It immediately caught my attention from watching him use it.
The Apogee Duet 2 Breakout Box has 2 ¼ inputs for instruments, 2 XLR microphone inputs, and 2 XLR outputs. This interface is very inexpensive and could be used as a main portable set up for the roadie! This box is built to last a long time, it is made out of aluminum and will not scratch easy either. One of the things about this unit that left me wondering what Apogee was thinking is that they put the I/O on the front of the device. So that means when it is sitting on your desk you have the cable right in front of you connected instead of on the back where it wouldn’t have mattered. This really isn’t an issue it is more about personal preference but I just don’t see why they did that. Also, this box is only about 1.5 to 2.0” deep (depth) and when you start have your XLR cables plug into the back of it and even some ¼ cables on the back it will cause the Breakout Box to start to tip over and become heavy on the back side so the front of it will lean up. This is also something that they should have thought about before manufacturing this unit to sell. It does work great and is made to last, but they cables should have been more thought out and with the depth of the unit they should have done something to fix that issue. I also feel like when purchasing the Apogee Duet that the breakout box should be included with it because the Duet is very expensive. This unit is not a “must” have but it is very helpful to have. It should have been included with the Duet though, why not it is only a hundred dollars? If you are a Duet user I suggest getting this to make your switch outs and changing your I/O’s a lot easier.
The Alesis Guitar Link Plus is a perfect way to get your guitar tracks right in your computer without having to purchase an interface with other inputs or having any other bulky gear around. All you need is this cord and your computer. You can even use it with an iPad via USB connections but you will need to purchase the iPad USB adapter which is not very expensive. I mainly use this with my iPad and recording into various apps. It does come with Guitar Rig LE that has a few amps and effects to work with right out of the gate. I do own the full version of Guitar Rig and I can say it is worth the money to have it. The LE is ok, but upgrade to the full version if you really want to get the best out of it. The cord length is over is pretty long making it easy to have my iPad on the table while recording into it from sitting in a chair or at my desk. The quality of recording you will get is ok but it is nothing that makes me not want to record with my interfaces anymore. This is just a cable that I keep with me in my bag with my iPad so that I can always record some guitar riffs and ideas into my iPads and sometimes later I will take that audio clip and bring it back to my studio to add more effects via Guitar Rig and other plug ins. The Guitar Link is very inexpensive and it is a must have for any guitarist that wants to record and doesn’t want to mess with bulky interfaces dealing with a bunch of technicalities. I have been using the Guitar Link Plus for a while now. I do not use it a lot because I definitely get better sounding recordings with my interface but it is handy to have and pretty darn cool to use with an iPad.
The JBL Control SB 2 is a vented bypass subwoofer that works with the JBL control contractor series systems. The weight of this woofer is around 42 pounds and that is pretty standard with the size and weight of other subwoofers that I have used over the years. It has spring loaded terminals (input) and 8 ohms per each channel. It has a peek capacity of 340 watts (power). The frequency range goes down to 38 Hz to help with some of the JBL systems that do not extend that low. Depending on which JBL system you have, this is a must have because a lot of them do not have that low end bass. This is probably the best woofer to go with for the price (only for JBL systems though) because the sound and low end is perfect for the price. I have used other woofers in this price range that do no sound as full and rich as the Control SB 2 does.
The MXL iBooster is a guitar and microphone interface that is on for a Mac computer. There have been a lot of bad reviews on this product in the past with people complaining about the quality of the recording but it only cost 35 dollars. What kind of quality recording do you expect to get for 35 bucks?
I just used the Radial Cherry Picker for the first time this week and I must say I am very impressed with the built in 48V phantom power and clean warm sound. This pre amp has a straight wire signal path that does not color your sound and is very clean. If you use this with condenser microphones you will hear how well the phantom power works and how quiet and clean it is. I have used two different microphones with it so far it the sound is amazing. I am surprised that this preamp does not cost more than it does.
The ZED 436 is a great mixer to use for a live show or event. There are 32 channels and it can connect to a computer via USB connections quickly and easily. The design of this mixer is one of the best ones that I have ever seen. It is big, but it is sleek with smoothly rounded edges and a beautiful finish on it. There are 6 aux sends in total and 4 sub groups that come from each of the channels. There is also a direct output on each mono channel.
The Allen & Heath ZED 10 is an affordable smaller mixer that is very portable. It cannot be racked and it has 10 channels with 4 mic inputs. There are 3 stereo channels and t connects to a computer via USB connection for Mac or PC computers. Setting it up with a DAW and a computer through USB connection is very easy no matter what software you want to use with it. There are no faders on this mixer, only knobs all of the knobs are smooth moving knobs. There are no effects and no bells and whistles with this mixer. Most mixers that cost as much as this one does will not offer a bunch of effects and other higher end features. But the EQ on this mixer is very good for the price, there are 3 band sweep able EQ’s on channels 1 thru 4 and 2 band EQ’s on the stereo channels (channel 5 to channel 7).
The ZED 12 FX is very affordable, it has 12 channels and 6 microphone or line in channels with 3 stereo channels. There are 16 effects built into it, it also comes with Sonar LE for software integration via USB connection with a PC or even a MAC. I have used this mixer a few times last year and I thought it was good but at the same time pretty average and standard for this price range.
The WZ3 16:2 DX is made by Allen & Heath. It has 4 band EQ’s and features a dual mixing mode. There are some effects built into it as well. There are a total of 32 effects on this mixer which was a huge surprise to me when I had the chance to mix with it at a local club and when I found out the price of it being under a grand I was amazed. I have used many mixers that have no effects and have about the same features as this mixer does for twice that price.
The GL2400-24 mixing console has 24 channels all in an amazing design on a beautifully constructed mixer. I have done a lot of work with this mixer for a live show and stage performances. It is very easy to work with in a dimly lit room (control room) and all of the knobs and sliders are made well and color coded. There are 6 auxiliary sends for each channel and it has a 7 by 4 matrix. I have used many boards in this price range and some a lot more expensive and this board can compete with any of them.
The Allen & Heath ZED-R16 has 16 mic preamps and 16 channels. There are 4 band EQ’s and even MIDI controls. There is phantom power on each channel which I found to be a huge help making each individual channel usable for use, and there is even the full 4 band EQ on each channel. The only option this board didn’t have that I wish it did was some effects. It would have been really nice to at least have some basic reverb and chorus effects.
Spring reverb with 3 band EQ for the reverb effect.Gives you lots of precise control.
The Grace Design M101 is a microphone preamp that cost a good amount of money. At first I didn’t think that it could possibly be worth that much and then I heard how good it made the mics in the studio sound and I was completely shocked. There are LED indicators right on this unit and it has a built in power supply so no need to plug it into the wall. Though they say this is mainly for Ribbon mics I do think it sounds great with dynamic microphones as well.
The Shure SM27 is a large diaphragm condenser microphone that comes with a shock mount, case and bag to put in for travel. The build of this microphone surprised me because it seems to be made out of heavier materials and nothing is cheap about it. The SM 27 has a uniform cardioids pattern that is great with off axis rejection and not allowing all of those unwanted noises to be recorded or heard.
The TC Helicon Voice Live Touch has vocal harmonies and effects as well as looping features for vocals or guitars tracks. It is very easy to work with the module due to the interface and build of it. I was able to pretty much just get the grasp of it after about 30 minutes of playing around with it. It did come with a manual but I never looked at it. It is very small and portable and sits great on my desk not taking up much room at all.
The M-Audio AV 30’s are very inexpensive. They have 3 inch woofers, and ¾ inch dome tweeters. This are not the type of monitors that are going to give you a big loud sound and you will not be able to get a studio quality mix out of them but they could be used for a extra pair of reference monitors. They have a 3.5mm headphone outputs and stereo aux input so you can listen to your MP3 player or other audio source right directly into them.
The Tannoy Reveal 501 A is an active studio monitor that is one of the best options for most home musicians when looking for the first set of monitors they want to buy. I recommend these monitors to a lot of people because of the price, and quality of sound that they deliver. These speakers are very clean and do not add color to your sound. I have used the 501 A speakers on a handful of occasions and the bass really stands out to me because they do not have the bass issues when the speakers are placed in odd or wrong parts of the room like close to corners and walls. Plus the bass port is not on the rear of the speaker. They have a front reflex bass port to take care of any issues with proximity to the wall.
The ADAM A8X has the power and quality of sound that any engineer could ever want to work with. I have used these about 10 or so times so far and each time I use them I get a great mix and a master. The highs are very clean and crisp; the lows are amazingly clean and crisp no matter the volume or acoustic setting. The bass is very deep and tight, I am able to hear that very low frequency bass that I like to use just to add some thickness to the mix. In most monitors I cannot even hear the bass that is that low because the frequency range cannot handle it but that is not a problem with the A8X.
The Elevate 3 is a pair of studio monitors that only cost around 90 dollars per speaker. These are very inexpensive and the sound shows it. I didn’t purchase these speakers but they came with a bundle that I purchased a while ago. I only used them for about an hour before I realized that I couldn’t even use them for reference monitors. They really are not that bad, but when you are coming from Rokit’s to these you will hear a huge difference. I tried to roughly mix one of my compositions with them and I was not happy with the sound that I got and never used them again.
The HR824mK2 is a high resolution studio monitor that can deliver a very good sound and help with the mix a lot. When I used this monitor I had nothing but positive things being said to me about the mix and how crisp everything sounded. The linear frequency response is great and the low frequency roll off and high frequency controls are great. No matter which studio I used these in the bass was very clean and tight no matter how loud the music was turned up.
The JBL LSR 2328 P is a bi-amped powered studio monitor that is very affordable and has a clean design. They have a frequency response of 44 hz – 18 kHz with a low frequency extension of 37 Hz. There are controls on them for input level, low frequency adjust and high frequency adjust. They are not very big standing only 15.5 inches tall and 10 inches wide. But they have a nice weight to them (almost 30 pounds). They can be mounted though I just had them on my workstation table top and they still sounded great without any acoustic treatment under them.
The KRK Rokit Powered 8 G2 are studio monitors that are powered and made to give a high performance sound all in an affordable speaker for the home musician. I have used these many of times and have never had a bad mix out of them. They have dual power amps in each speaker and a very accurate response curve so it is easy to hear everything that is going on in my mixes. I did have to move them around a lot before I was comfortable with the sound or before I found the “sweet spot” in my studio.
The FG-X does a great job with my mixes and helps me make them “loud” like you hear songs on the radio which was a huge quest of mine. When I was first starting out trying to get into mastering songs it took me a while to figure out how the pros did it. They do it with plug ins like the FG-X. The interface of the FG-X is very easy to understand it only has a few knobs to tweak on it. I recommend looking into the manual to fully understand the ins and outs of this plug in.