MX9 - mixer or replace AI opinions

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MikeDVI
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MX9 - mixer or replace AI opinions

Post by MikeDVI » Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:51 am

Hi all, I am currently using a Presonus 1818VSL with MX9 pro studio. If you are familiar with this AI though you are aware that is discontinued and has some limitations due to that. While it still works ok, I am tired of Presonus’ Universal Control software.

So…… I was thinking of selling it or using it as a backup of sorts.

That brings me to considering a digital mixer. I do like having a hands on mixer from my old (very old) school days, but with MX having such a good mixer built in - - other than the “hands on” advantages is there really any point to not just replacing my 1818? I do occasionally record 6 or more tracks simultaneously with singer – songwriters, so 8 tracks up to 12 or 16 would suffice.

$1000 +- price range, more if necessary.

Thanks! Mike

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Re: MX9 - mixer or replace AI opinions

Post by Acoustica Greg » Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:58 am

Hi,

The thing with mixers is that a lot of them mix down to two channels via USB, so you couldn't record 6 tracks simultaneously, unless you hooked the mixer up to your 1818VSL or some other ASIO interface via audio cables.

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Re: MX9 - mixer or replace AI opinions

Post by MikeDVI » Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:19 am

Interesting, thanks for pointing that out!

I was under the impression that "most" mixers would output the channels right to a DAW and you would then route as needed.

Much to learn.

Mike

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Re: MX9 - mixer or replace AI opinions

Post by jlouvar » Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:51 am

Unfortunately we don’t get multiple outputs for DAW’s on digital mixers until we start getting to about the $3K price range or more. I think Yamaha has one for about $3000.
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Re: MX9 - mixer or replace AI opinions

Post by MikeDVI » Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:18 pm

OK, understood. I appreciate the response!! Sounds replacing the AI is the best option, I do like MX's mixer quite a bit, just miss the hands on. Of course if I have a song with 30 tracks or so I'm out of luck anyway lol

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Re: MX9 - mixer or replace AI opinions

Post by Rolling Estonian » Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:42 am

You could just get a midi control surface to control knobs and faders etc. Tons of options out there and if you do get one and have a project with 30 tracks you can use bank controls so the control surface can control all of your tracks.

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Re: MX9 - mixer or replace AI opinions

Post by Drdish007 » Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:34 pm

Hi,
I use a Focusrite 18i20 second generation that gives me 8 mic/line inputs, that I can record to 8 separate tracks in Mixcraft9. What is nice with this interface is that I can add another 8 mic/line inputs ( in the future ) by adding one of Focusrite's octo preamps. These connect using the optical in/out. The cost of an 18i20 and one of their octo preamp is less than $1000.00usd. That would give you 16 mic/ line inputs.
Hope this helps.

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Re: MX9 - mixer or replace AI opinions

Post by MikeDVI » Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:24 pm

Thanks everyone, I appreciate the input!

Mike

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