Behringer XENYX 302USB mixer
I saw this tiny Behringer 302USB mixer at a client’s place a couple of weeks back. The thing that caught my eye was how tiny it is. Granted, its small size is the attractive part of it. Another thing is the fact that it has a great preamp, according to Behringer. The XENYX 302USB apparently gets its name from the XENYX mic preamps. XENYX preamps apparently offer 130 dB of dynamic range. So that is something pretty good.
Not only that, with the included bidirectional stereo USB audio interface, you can connect directly to your PC or Mac computer via a single USB cable. Now any signal source you connect to the mixer can be recorded directly to your hard drive using software like the one I always use, GoldWave. You can also use Audacity too and a whole scope of others. And get this. This mixer can be powered by USB power from your USB socket on your PC or laptop. This mixer also provides Phantom Power to your microphone. I always wonder how they do that with a mixer like this that just powers itself via USB power
You can find out more about the mixer here at the Behringer website. I like it but the only thing I have no use for are the RCA outputs. Granted, I can hook this up to a passive DI box, but I would rather find a mini mixer that has balanced outputs.