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Soundcraft Notepad-8FX

Analogue Mixer & USB interface
Published April 2018
By Paul White

Soundcraft Notepad-8FX

Boasting two mic preamps, USB interfacing and Lexicon effects, this keenly priced mixer holds lots of promises. Does it deliver?

Soundcraft’s console-design history goes right back to the time when tape recorders ruled the Earth — and even the Notepad model name has been around for more years than I care to remember! Soundcraft now form part of the Harman group of companies (which, in turn, is owned by electronics behemoth Samsung) and one benefit of this relationship is that Soundcraft have access to sister-company Lexicon’s highly regarded DSP effects algorithms. As with a number of their other mixers, they’ve chosen to include some of these effects in their latest-generation Notepads, albeit in a simpler form than those in the Lexicon-branded effects processors. But there are a few other tweaks and updates to explore too...

For instance, Soundcraft have incorporated a 24-bit two-in, two-out USB audio interface which can operate at either 44.1 or 48 kHz sample rates. This means that the Notepads could take on the role of an audio interface and monitor...

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Published April 2018