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Interface: Digital PA Mixer instead of Scarlett ?
Old 9th November 2019
Gear Head

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?

Old 9th November 2019
Gear Maniac

Imo a dedicated interface is better. A PA mixer has functions you can't use or don't need while recording.
Old 9th November 2019
Lives for gear
Yes. Behringer XR18 is very flexible.
Old 10th November 2019
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 11th November 2019
Gear Head

Thanks for the feedback!
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