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Mackie 802VLZ4

19/11/2017 Leave a comment

I am seriously thinking of getting this mixer to replace my old Yamaha MG82cx. There is nothing wrong with my Yamaha mixer but I feel that this Mackie 802VLZ4 has got more options when it comes to the number of balanced inputs that I require for some shows. I realised that when I did a show fairly recently and I found that the sound was lacking and also the lack of balanced inputs were causing me issues. This Mackie 802VLZ4 has got more options and I think that it will serve me better. I did a post some time back on the previous generation of this mixer and the specs are pretty much the same. This mixer is gonna cost me about $300 but I think it will be worth it

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Horlicks mixer

24/10/2017 Leave a comment

In my younger years, when my mum and dad wanted to go out or used to go to dinners, they used to drop my sisters and I off at my grandparents’s place. At night, before bed, Grandma used to make us a hot drink of Horlicks. She used to make it with this mixer shown in the picture above. I do not know what happened to it but I bet that it would be a collectors item if it was found.

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Yamaha MG16XU as house mixer for an event

09/07/2017 Leave a comment

I was doing an event a couple of days back and the lounge that I set up my equipment was using this Yamaha MG16XU as their main house mixer. I am no stranger to the Yamaha MG-series of mixers and this one held the fort very well and I was very pleased with the sound. The lounge has a live band and this mixer is more than sufficient for them to handle the inputs of their equipment as they are an acoustic band. Specifications and features of the mixer are:

  • D-PRE mic preamps deliver clean, transparent, and natural sound
  • 3-band EQ on all mono channels for sound-shaping
  • 1-knob compressors provide straightforward dynamics control
  • Class-compliant USB 2.0 for recording and playback with computers and tablets
  • SPX effect processors provide you with a comprehensive suite of 24 effects
  • Pad switch on mono inputs for managing loud sources
  • Metal chassis for durability

Good , reliable and basic analogue mixer that does the job well. What more can you ask for?

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Sound-system for a small pub

30/06/2017 Leave a comment

One of my friends opened up a small pub in the Katong area and I went down to it a couple of weeks back to check it out. It was a small pub with a moderately good sound-system. He had settled for the Delta Audio brand for his pub. Now that brand is pretty famous in Singapore. Many small event companies here in Singapore use their speakers and sound-systems because they are relatively inexpensive, and do the job. But many sound suppliers are lamenting the fact that Delta Audio speakers are trash and their speakers are copies of the Nexo PS series speakers.

In any case, the only thing I could see as far the sound system was concerned, besides the two 12″ speakers fastened to the corners of the pub near the ceiling, was this Delta Audio mixer below:

 

Now I am very particular about my mixers. Mixers are the heart of the system. Mixers can be the difference between what sounds good and what sounds bad in the system. I had used Delta Audio speakers and amplifiers before but I had never used their mixers so I cannot really speak up for them. But then again, all my friend was using of this mixer was hooking up an old iPad to the mixer, using a Y-cable. Spotify was playing all the songs and I must say that the $10 subscription fee he pays to Spotify each month seems pretty worth it. I finally managed to see the amplifier that was powering his speakers. It was a Delta Audio A-series amplifier and it was stacked under the mixer in a cabinet. The sound? Well, all I can say that it sounded very clear and I was very pleased with it. You do get extra bass when you place your speakers in corners and I think that my friend took advantage of that.

If I had advice to give to any other people who are setting up a small bar, and want a sound-system that will not break the bank, check out the Wharfedale Pro one that I posted above. It costs less than $900 and it includes a powered mixer and two 12″ speakers. It should do the job with more than enough music power to drive the place.

Behringer XENYX 302USB mixer

12/02/2017 Leave a comment

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.

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Yamaha MG10XU mixer

30/11/2016 Leave a comment

I installed the mixer at a client’s place yesterday. basically, he had a digital audio processor that went tits-up. That audio processor was the heart of his system and you know when the audio processor dies, there goes the whole PA system. So he comes to me and asks what solution can they have. I said I will think of an answer and the thing that came to my mind was…get a small mixer to use in place of that audio DSP while it is being repaired. And the mixer I chose? The Yamaha MG10XU

The mixer is an analogue mixer and is the successor of the MG82cx, the very same mixer that I have. Just like my MG82cx, it is well-suited for small, portable rigs and also for the big system at my client’s place. It is relatively inexpensive and has outstanding sound quality. Just like the MG82cx, this mixer has onboard digital effects, switchable phantom power, a pad switch, one-knob compressors, EQ, and LED metering,and so forth.

It took some time to hook up this mixer and remove the old DSPs but I managed to do it. We had to daisy-chain the inputs to the amplifiers though. It is not something I like to do but a quick fix was needed and this was the quick fix! After hooking up a wireless mic to it, and the only source which was an iPod Mini, the mixer worked fine and sounded absolutely crystal clear. Oh and I did I mention that it has a USB connection that you can connect to your computer? With that, you can use it as an audio interface and record your mixers by downloading Cubase, which is available as a free download.

Looks great. Maybe I should start getting more of these mixers for my clients. Once again, Yamaha saves the day!

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RCA to minijack socket

27/10/2016 Leave a comment

A few days back, at a wedding, I was the DJ. It was my cousin’s wedding and all the guests had a great time. many thanks to my DDJ-WeGo and my MacBook for providing the music. But there was a bit of a problem. At one point in time, I noticed that the right channel of the mixer had no levels. So what I did was to fiddle with the RCA cables that connected my controller to my DI box. That did not do anything except to add more static to the system. I then checked my gig bag and noticed that I only had one stereo RCA to RCA cable. The only other cable in the gig bag was an RCA to mini-jack cable.

After kicking myself for not practicing what I preached, I decided or rather, vowed, that I would get one of those RCA to minijack sockets like the one pictured above. This would serve two purposes. One, if my RCA cable ever gave out again, I could use this in conjunction with my RCA to minijack socket as a way  to connect up to the house mixer. Since I did not have another cable, I turned both the PAN knobs on the Yamaha mixer (which my stereo DJDI was connected) to centre, giving it a mono signal.

In any case, I finally found out what was wrong. One day after the event when I was keeping my stuff away, I decided to test all my cables. My cables were all ok with no problems at all. So I suspect that it had to be the house mixer. I was a bit surprised that one of the channels that was used for my DI box was missing a PAN knob. I suppose it was faulty or must have been damaged, hence the dropping sound. But in a way, the silver lining in the dark cloud was that I bought this cable pictured above too…one day later!

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