Bill Cheney and Jim Romney are the men responsible for keeping the amazing legacy of Spectra Sonics, a legendary, if criminally unheralded, pro-audio company alive. He’s the owner of Audio Upgrades, Their mic preamps, summing amps, and control room No pocket protectors needed, even if your needs are more complex than you think. I’m also a sucker for using a lot of microphones on a sound source. It’s wired before the main volume knob so that you can monitor your input before it’s been routed through the computer mixed with the computer’s output in your headphones with the master volume down, thus eliminating any latency. It really starts to get exciting when you get into how this mixer integrates with your computer.
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My Mac with Logic Pro and Ableton Live needed no software or driver installation to recognize the interface although Win XP requires driver installationand I was digitizing vinyl records a project of mine five minutes after unwrapping the mixer. The setup into which I introduced the mixer consisted of a pair of CD turntables, a vinyl turntable, a DJ mixer, a separate analog mixer, a digital effects processor, an iPod, a Mac desktop, and a pair of studio monitors. Instead, they still require some amount of geekery to configure and use, especially when you factor mackiee concepts like computer-induced latency and overdubbing.
Putting a mixer and interface together into a single package seems like a no-brainer idea, but most of ,ackie integrated systems I’ve seen aren’t for the plug-it-in-and-make-music crowd. Also, the three-band EQ, available on all four stereo input channels, is worth mentioning.
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Another great feature of this mixer is the loop-out button that tells the mixer whether or not to include what it receives via its FireWire input into u20d mix that’s sent back through the FireWire port. Whether it’s being used for its mic preamps and zero-latency monitoring facilities in front Bill Cheney and Mackke Romney are the men responsible for keeping the amazing legacy of Spectra Sonics, a legendary, if criminally unheralded, pro-audio company alive.
I’m also a sucker for using a lot of microphones on a sound source. One look around your local music mega-center and it seems like half of the pro-audio, keyboard, and guitar From professional multi-room facilities to bedroom computer rigs, the compact utility mixer is ubiquitous.
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It really starts to get exciting when you get into how this mixer integrates with your computer. Concurrently, Mackie sent me the U. The popularity of tube-based audio gear has grown with the popularity of digital recording. It’s wired before the main volume knob so that you can monitor your input before it’s been routed through the computer mixed with the computer’s output in your headphones with the master volume down, thus eliminating any latency.
No pocket protectors needed, even if your needs are more complex than you think. From loudspeakers to preamps, studio monitors to control surfaces-they’ve got a piece of gear in each category.
As widely discussed in these pages and at TapeOpCon for the last few years, summing devices, such as the Roll Music But these are really minor issues when weighed against the incredible functionality this mixer offers.
I asked Mackie to send the U. A really exciting piece of gear here for those that have been tied to an audio interface for the computer and a separate mixer for outboard gear that needs to play outside of the computer.
My brother and I bought it sometime in the early’s, along with a spring reverb and a cheap dynamic microphone. Jim Williams has spent much of his 56 years working with some of the biggest names in the music business, including Frank Zappa, John McLaughlin and Stevie Wonder.
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But as explained in the manual, you can feed the track being recorded back from the DAW to the mixer, and as long as you can reduce latency settings in your DAW to acceptable levels, you can monitor the effects while you record.
Mackie isn’t the first company to release an integrated mixer and interface. Vintage King co-founder Michael Nehra shares some of his love, knowledge, and practical advice for diving into the world of vintage audio gear, and then takes us behind the scenes for a walk through I’m sure most Tape Op readers know that the summing wars are really heating up.
This latest offering in their compact mixer lineup is no exception. When I first heard about the U.
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But I didn’t always want everything in the studio powered up, and sometimes I wanted my computer power available to run other applications, or I simply didn’t want the added steps to get going. It’s got an LED output meter makie a large master-volume knob down the center of the box that make monitoring and controlling what’s going on in your setup super easy.
As with all Mackie products, the manual is well-written, gets you up-and-running quickly, walks you through all the typical usage scenarios in detail, and is entertaining. The only drawback here is that you aren’t able to monitor any effects or plug-ins you might be using on the track you intend to record since you’re monitoring the signal before it’s processed.
If Macjie want to run Ableton Live through this mixer alone, I don’t have the ability to route a separate cue mix to just the headphones for cuing sounds before sending them to the master output. All the dials and faders on the mixer are laid out in a compact, yet i420d and fully-functional way.