On this week's PodCraft we're talking Mixers – when and if you might want one. It's not cut and dry by any means! Let's look at the arguments.
When Might You Think About Getting a Mixer?
Here are the reasons you might want to go ahead and starting looking at mixers:
- You want more audio inputs – eg. more microphones, along with Music, Skype, etc
- You want more control over those inputs, such as levels, EQ, compression, etc
- You want to start using pro level equipment, such as XLR condenser microphones that need phantom power
- You want to increase reliability and quality
- You want to cut the computer out of the equation
- You want to live produce, creating your show like a radio show, cutting down on editing.
In the show I go through all of these, and how a mixer can solve the problem.
Why Might you NOT Want a Mixer?
There are plenty of reasons NOT to get a mixer, such as:
- Cost – mixers, decent ones that is, are expensive
- equipment – old stuff will become redundant (USB mics) and you'll need a lot of new bits (good cables mainly!)
- Inertia – that thing isn't going anywhere. Do you need to be mobile, recording out and about?
Which Mixer Should I go For?
Here are the mixers I talk about on the show. Make sure to have a listen to find out which one would suit you – I don't necessarily recommend all of these!
- Entry Level – Behringer Xenyx 502
- Cheap Mix-Minus – Behringer Xenyx 1202
- Bottom of the top end – Behringer Xenyx 1204
- The Good stuff – Get this! – Mackie ProFX8
Resources Mentioned on the Show
The main thing mentioned this week was a resource by the most excellent Ray Ortega from The Podcasters' Studio. I'm no stranger to creating a good explainer video, but why bother when there's one as good as this out there. Go check out Ray's mix-minus training video if you want to know how to set it up yourself.
Let Me Know What You Think!
Please, please, please drop me a comment below to let me know what you think and to ask any further questions about mixers. If you use a mixer already, let me know which one and why you like it. I'd love to know.
Finally, if you could leave me a review on iTunes I'd be so grateful – it really helps to get my podcast out there to more people.
Thanks again for listening and I'll see you on the next episode!