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ART Project Series USB Mix mini mixer

I am a very big fan of mini mixers and this Applied Research & Technology (ART for short) came up with one helluva nice and cute one. It basically is a three channel Microphone, Instrument, and Line Mixer. It also comes with a Computer Interface which can be a compact versatile audio interface for your computer that converts analog signals from a variety of audio sources plugged into this mixer, to a digital signal that your computer understands. It can also be used as a standalone mixer through the main mix outputs. The USB Mix, in my opinion, provides a great starting point for personal home studio recording or for anyone wanting to do mobile location recording. I personally would use it as the go-between literally between my controller and the main house mixer. As it is, my gig bag is pretty full with my computer and controller and this will help to take up less space. These are some of its features:

  • USB powered, no external power supply needed when used with a computer
  • Microphone (balanced XLR) input or instrument (unbalanced 1/4″ TS) input with switchable impedance
  • Switchable low noise +48V phantom power for microphone
  • Balanced 1/4″ TRS inputs for stereo or mono line-level sources
  • 1/4″ TRS output jacks work with balanced or unbalanced lines
  • Stereo 1/4″ TRS headphone jack with independent level control for output monitoring
  • Independent controls for both sets of inputs, main output, and headphone monitor
  • Green/Red LED signal/clip indicator
  • Switchable assignment of USB playback to channels 2 and 3
  • USB 2.0 compliant
  • No special drivers needed with most modern versions of Windows, Mac OS, and Linux
  • USB cable, AC adapter, and Audacity recording software included
  • Rugged steel case

The plus-point for me is the sheer size of this tiny mixer. The only thing it does not have is the individual tone controls for the channels but I think it is forgivable in this case. In any case, I have always liked ART and the products that they make. In my opinion, they produce great stuff…stuff that really tempts me…like this tiny mixer.

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