The Elf wrote:
forumuser918214 wrote:I may be oldschool, but I cannot imagine not having a mixer!
It's simply a choice.
For most beginners, although they seem to believe that a hardware mixer is a requirement (and I've even heard newcomers being advised in music shops that it is an absolute pre-requisite!), a mixer often carries complications and compromises that they simply don't need at the start of their learning process.
Unfortunately many soon discover that mixers often don't allow for separate recordings of their inputs, and it is here that the fudging and bodging begins.
Many of us here have ditched the mixer. It's liberating and space-saving. As long as your audio interface provides sufficient I/O then it also means that any audio source can be recorded in isolation at the drop of a hat. Of course a 'mixer' is still a requirement, but this is presented in software. I have 64 line inputs all arriving into my DAW and no hardware mixer needed or wanted.
Many hardware mixers now are capable of presenting all their inputs as discrete feeds to the computer, but then you do have ask yourself what value the 'mixer' per se is really adding...
Circumstances do alter cases though Elf. I agree, the newb that askes "how do I record guitar (lekky or/and acoustic) and my voice?" just needs a modest 2 in 2 out AI but often it is not quite that simple. Peeps often want to record more than one source but not necessarily as multitrack and it is convenient to have a synth,drum mech', hi fi all connected to a mixer. Yes, an 8 input AI would do but,..
A) It would cost much more than a modern 24 bit mixer,
B) You would have to pay for mic pres you don't need.
Mixers these days have very good pre amps, as do AIs but also tend to have higher headroom and better gain control.
Mixers have pan so newb can put voice and guitar "where" they like*. Can't do that with any AIs I know of?
True zero latency, stand alone monitoring!
I could go on but I think you get my point? Horses for courses. Of course when you have progressed to a 64 input system I guess you can forget these matters?
*I have lost count of the number of questions that go "why do I only get my voice/guitar in one ear please?"