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This month's Test Drive veers a little off the norm and down a road radio producers are getting more familiar with. The Alesis is a lightweight, sixteen channel mixer. It's not the kind of mixer you would expect to find in a radio production room, though it is probably more mixer than many of you have seen in some production rooms.
The reason we chose to take a closer look at the is because its price tag breaks a barrier for comparable mixers; and while we wouldn't recommend the for any production room with a healthy budget, for those of you planning to gear up a home studio, the fits the bill like a glove. If you've shopped around for a small mixer to start that home studio with, you probably started considering a used console quickly if you didn't have at least couple of grand to spend.
Many of you with home studios probably settled for more affordable twelve or eight channel mixers. Conventional mixer faders are self-contained mechanisms usually enclosed in some sort of metal housing. Everything the fader needs to function is part of this self-contained unit.
The fader unit is then plugged into appropriate receptors on a console chassis much like a computer card, or a few wires from the fader unit are simply attached to the appropriate connectors inside the console.
The faders on the , on the other hand, are not self-contained. Inside the is a large PCB or printed circuit board. The fader contacts ride on tracks of carbon elements that are screened onto the PCB.
In fact, almost all of the controls on the use this technology including the sends, returns, EQ pots, pan pots, and switches. As a result, manufacturing costs are greatly reduced. This technology is not all that new. It is widely used on remote controls for your favorite CD player or television set.
What is new is the application of this technology on such a large scale as a channel mixer. I've bought my new in Still using it and it works great! I recently had to clean the master and sub master inserts. A little scratchy. Not bad for 29 years. Nearly 30 years of use.
That's amazing. Dust and power surges have wiped out 2 or 3 of my mixers over that time span. Can't say I've heard of anyone getting that much use from a mixer with that little maintenance, especially one that inexpensive back then. Good for you! Audio Archives R. Awards Advertise Write for R.
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