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Analog/digital Mixer with built-in bluetooth, recorder and multi-track USB?

Postby baosanconan » Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:24 am

Hi all,

I've been reading a lot on here but never posted any question, so here it is. My band performs karaoke (2 mics, streaming beat via bluetooth from ipad) and sometimes acoustic shows (2 mics, 1 acoustic guitar, 1 keyboard, 1 cajon). I am in the look a perfect (even there is no such thing, though) digital/analog mixer that:

- Has at least 12 inputs.
- Has on-board FX.
- Has built-in bluetooth input (for phone or tablet playblack).
- Has built-in multi-track/stereo recording to SD card or USB drive.
- Has multi-track recording to DAW via USB (or firewire).

And I narrowed my list down to:
- [url="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HB4Z9U8/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_VCBDCb44ZF0YE"]Presonus Studiolive AR12/16[/url]
- [url="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G5S1J6L/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_dEBDCbSAAA1CB"]Tascam Model 24[/url]

Dilemmas:
- Presonus Studiolive AR12/22: ordered 2, returned both, had issue with faders cracking/popping noise and SD card recorder makes repeated popping noise.
- Tascam Model 24: TOO big and has way more inputs than I need, wish they had a Model 12 or 16.

I know I would have a lot more options([url="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074G25D6Y/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_rHBDCb3R3NG9K"]Zoom Livetrak L-12[/url], [url="https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-UFX1204-BEHRINGER-XENYX/dp/B00E87ONWC"]Behringer UFX1204[/url], [url="https://www.amazon.com/Mackie-Onyx-1220i-FireWire-Production/dp/B002M3TQ3U/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_2?keywords=Mackie+Onyx+1220i&qid=1551219137&s=musical-instruments&sr=1-2-fkmrnull"]Mackie Onyx 1220i[/url]) if I buy a separated bluetooth module but I would love to have a built-in one as I use this function a lot.

Any comments are appreciated, thank you!
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Re: Analog/digital Mixer with built-in bluetooth, recorder and multi-track USB?

Postby Mike Stranks » Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:15 am

Your requirement for bluetooth makes this tricky...

I'd go for a Livetrak-12 and get an add-on bluetooth I think.
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Re: Analog/digital Mixer with built-in bluetooth, recorder and multi-track USB?

Postby The Elf » Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:12 pm

IME Bluetooth becomes unreliable well within the range of a half-decent and conveniently carried cable...
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Re: Analog/digital Mixer with built-in bluetooth, recorder and multi-track USB?

Postby Dave B » Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:46 pm

I wouldn't be using Bluetooth - I'd be happy with just a standard audio cable between the mixer and the ipad/phone. Bluetooth is very whizzy, but I like things simple. It has a slight lag due to latency (which may or may not be noticeable) and older versions often use lossy compression codecs which might be ok to listen to on a train with earbuds, but will be more noticeable over a PA.

So I'd say : ditch the bluetooth part, grab a standard splitter lead and just go for the Zoom Livetrack-L12 that Mike recommended. Very cool solution. Cheap too.
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Re: Analog/digital Mixer with built-in bluetooth, recorder and multi-track USB?

Postby trunkdog » Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:15 pm

Greets bscn,

Give the Soundcraft UI Series a good look:

https://www.soundcraft.com/en/product_families/ui-series

Specifically the vastly improved UI 24.
Very cost effective solution.
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Re: Analog/digital Mixer with built-in bluetooth, recorder and multi-track USB?

Postby baosanconan » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:54 pm

Thank you for your inputs, guys, I will take a look at the Zoom L-12 and Soundcraft UI.
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