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Interface: Digital PA Mixer instead of Scarlett ?
Old 1 week ago
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Interface: Digital PA Mixer instead of Scarlett ?

Trying to save some money for other equipment - anybody use their digital PA mixer as an interface for GarageBand (instead of buying a Focusrite Scarlett or other dedicated interface)?

If so, what is a reasonably priced good quality easy to use mixer?

Thanks!
Old 1 week ago
  #2
Gear Maniac
 

Imo a dedicated interface is better. A PA mixer has functions you can't use or don't need while recording.
Old 1 week ago
  #3
Lives for gear
Yes. Behringer XR18 is very flexible.
Old 1 week ago
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Lives for gear
I've used a Behringer X18 as a recording interface and it did a decent job.
There are a couple of caveats though. The XR series preamps aren't really quiet enough for great recordings, (fine for live) so as an interface this is really where you do want the better preamps in the Midas MR series mixers. Add the extra cost of an MR vs buying a seperate Focusrite Scarlet to see if it makes sense.
Secondly, the XR 12 and I think the XR 16 only have stereo output over usb. You need to go to the XR/MR 18 to get full independent outputs for all channels.

You will have to do your sums to see if it makes any financial sense.
Old 6 days ago
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Thanks for the feedback!
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