Top 5 Analog Mixers Under $100 – A Mix of Mixers

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I thought it would be fun to see what 100 US dollars could buy in a small, analog mixer that could be stowed in a laptop case, or sit on the corner of your desk, yet deliver professional performance.  These little powerhouses are Pro all the way with clean mic pre-amps, TRS/XLR balanced connections along with control room and/or headphone loudness adjustment. While they are basic in features, they get the job done without taking up too much space or breaking the budget.

…with number 1 coming in at under 50 US dollars, you may have paid more for your mic cable than the mixer.

The real beauty is that any of these would work fine as your primary mixer, part of a traveling studio, or would be perfect for editing audio-for-video.


Xenyx 1202

Behringer XENYX-1202 12 Input 2 Bus Mixer w/EQ

Main Features:
• Premium ultra low-noise, high headroom analog mixer
• 4 state-of-the-art XENYX Mic Preamps comparable to stand-alone boutique preamps; 48V phantom power
• Neo-classic “British” 3-band EQs for warm and musical sound
• 1 post fader FX send per channel for external FX devices
• Main mix outputs plus separate control room, phones and stereo CD/tape outputs
• CD/tape inputs assignable to main mix or control room/phones outputs
• FX to control room function helps to monitor effect signal via headphones and control room outputs
• Long-wearing 60-mm logarithmic-taper master fader and sealed rotary controls
• High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life

Street Price $89.99


Mackie 402VLZ3

Mackie 402VLZ3 4-Channel Compact Professional Mixer

Main Features:
• Ultra-compact 4-channel mixer featuring Mackie VLZ3′s signature low noise, high-headroom design
• 2 XLR inputs with studio-grade XDR2™ Extended Dynamic Range mic preamps boasting 130dB dynamic range and distortion under 0.0007% (20Hz – 20kHz)
• 4 high-headroom line inputs
• 2 selectable Instrument inputs – no DI box needed
• Balanced/unbalanced 1/4-inch line outs
• RCA inputs/outputs
• Headphone output
• 2-Band Active EQ (80Hz, 12kHz) and Lo-Cut filter on mic channels
• Phantom power for studio condenser mics
• Dedicated Stereo Line Input and Tape Input channels
• High-resolution 8-segment stereo meters
• Sealed rotary controls to resist dust and grime
• Sleek, rugged steel chassis
• Includes Tracktion 3 Basic Bundle for Mac/PC (download required)

Street Price $99.99


Tapco Blend 6

Tapco BLEND6 Tapco 6 Channel Mixer

Main Features:
• Two high-headroom mic preamps
• Two mono mic/line, two stereo line channels
• Pre-fader aux (monitor) send
• Post-fader aux (effects) send
• Effects-to-main control
• Effects-to-monitor control
• Level set gain-setting indicator LEDs
• 2-band EQ, Pan (mono channels) and Balance (stereo channels) controls on all channels
• Headphone output with level control
• Control room output with level control
• 8-segment stereo LED metering
• CD/Tape stereo inputs with Tape to Mix switch and Tape to Control Room switch
• Master +48 V phantom power switch with LED indicator
• Power LED indicator

Street Price $99.99


Yamaha MG102C

Yamaha Pro Audio MG102C-CA 10 Input Stereo Mixer

Main Features:
• Flexible 10-input channel configuration
• 4 High performance mic preamps with switchable phantom power
• Wide gain trim range: -60dB ~ -16dB (mic input) -34dB ~ +10dB (line input)
• Built-in channel compressors
• Easy-access connector panel
• Neutrik XLR, phone jack, pin jack connectors
• 3-Band Channel EQ and High-pass Filter
• AUX send controls on all channels
• Bright meters for visual level monitoring
• Stereo, Control Room, Monitor and Headphone outputs

Street Price $99.00


Tapco MIX 50

The Tapco MIX 50 5 Channel Ultra Compact Mixer

Main Features:
• Mono Mic/Line input (no 48V phantom power on the MIX50)
• Stereo Line Inputs
• Competitively priced for beginners & students
• Ultra-portable compact design fits almost anywhere
• Rugged metal chassis
• Features that make sense—no unnecessary fluff
• Intuitive layout gives access to all controls
• Kensington Security Lock keeps mixer secure
• Great for dorms, desktops, or music labs

Street Price $44.99



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MarkJensen
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The Show About Nothing…

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Only if you are a follower of Seinfeld would that title make any sense.

I had a prepped show, surgically planned and about to be executed when my primary record system developed “issues”.

Suffice it to say that this show is ad-libbed to the hilt, but I did have several small updates and tidbits of information and this was, indeed, an opportunity that knocked.

Laura will be joining me for the next show, with some great gear we have waiting in the wings. Until then, I’m off to edit a few hives of Registry in XP and will be back shortly.

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MarkJensen
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Desktop Konnekt 6 – A Pro Audio Interface for Your Podcast

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Konnekt 6


The Desktop Konnekt 6 Professional Audio Interface by T.C. Electronic.

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From T.C. Electronic, the Desktop Konnekt 6 offers the same high quality recording features as the other interfaces of the Konnekt product family, but in a desktop design that allows you to focus on performance rather than technology.

With the Desktop Konnekt 6, you get Cubase4 LE allowing you to work with multi-track projects out of the box. An ingenious centerpiece of the Konnekt 6 is the ergonomic volume knob for total control of input and monitoring levels along with high resolution meters for visual level read out. Included is a studio reverb that will warm up your headphone mix while you’re recording

The high quality IMPACT preamp provides a very transparent means of boosting the most minute mic levels. Desktop Konnekt 6’s oversize, lighted volume control is always within reach when you need it.

Included with the Desktop Konnekt 6 is the M40 Studio Reverb – a simple to use, great sounding reverb that is powered by AlgoFlex, a new high definition TC technology that enables hardware quality and predictability to be ported to native software. It is available for tracking to increase the recording comfort without tying the effect to the final take, operated by the control panel and the reverb knob on the front panel of Desktop Konnekt 6.

If you are looking for a small, quality FireWire interface and switchable control monitor, be sure to check out the Desktop Konnekt 6 from T.C. Electronic.

Average Street Price at Publish Time – $249.00

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