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Looking for used (maybe vintage) line mixer recommendations

Post by amv » Sat Oct 24, 2015 11:55 am

I realized I need to do a bit more research on line mixers. I play nothing but 80's synths, and I have a fascination with buying used gear from that era, since I dig the vibe and it's mostly so cheap these days.

I was looking at the Roland M-16E mixer, which has 16 channels with EQ (unlike the M240 I asked about first).

Does anyone else have any recommendations for similar low-cost mixers from the era? I'll go modern if I really have to eventually, but for now I wanted to exhaust the vintage possibilities first.

Thanks!
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Re: Ultra-newbie question: output for multiple synths in one

Post by Cecil Dubreque » Sat Oct 24, 2015 1:01 pm

Are the synths you are going to be using mono or stereo?

The M-240 looks like a decent unit but (unless I am missing something) it doesn't look like it has any EQ. If you aren't looking to expand your set up much past the 2 synths and guitar it may be worth considering a mixer with less channels but that has EQ.

There are tons of small mixers (4 - 6 channels kind of thing) that can be had very cheap 2nd hand.

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Re: Ultra-newbie question: output for multiple synths in one

Post by Z » Sat Oct 24, 2015 2:21 pm

Get a Mackie 1202. It's one of the best compact mixers out there.
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Re: Ultra-newbie question: output for multiple synths in one

Post by Tidda » Sat Oct 24, 2015 7:44 pm

Cheap keyboard amp with multiple inputs?

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Re: Looking for used (maybe vintage) line mixer recommendati

Post by madtheory » Sat Oct 24, 2015 8:40 pm

TASCAM MM-1 from 1989 fits the bill. It was pretty cool in its day, has MIDI. I coveted one back then :)

I ended up with a Soundcraft Spirit Folio 12:2. Much nicer sounding eq than the Mackie 1202, noisier mic pre amps but that's irrelevant for line mixing.

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Re: Looking for used (maybe vintage) line mixer recommendati

Post by Tidda » Sun Oct 25, 2015 2:00 am

Now the original post has changed, I withdraw my recommendation.

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Re: Looking for used (maybe vintage) line mixer recommendati

Post by synthRodriguez » Sun Oct 25, 2015 10:15 pm

The Yamaha MV802 is a stereo line mixer developed for the TX816. It's got a couple of aux sends and returns; a basic little rack unit that's pretty clean. It has pad switches and a foot controller jack for controlling the output volume with a Yamaha FC7 pedal.

I have one; completely dismantled it and cleaned all the pots. Works great.

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Re: Looking for used (maybe vintage) line mixer recommendati

Post by amv » Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:57 am

These recommendations are awesome, thanks guys! The MV802 in particular is INSANELY cheap on eBay. As an ultra-basic summing mixer, even compared to today's budget items, it's got my attention just because of how low the prices are. And I do love me some 80's gear for some reason.

On a related topic, does anyone have any recommendations for speakers? In this case I'm not looking for anything vintage at all, just something that will offer reasonable clarity in an apartment environment where maximum volume isn't exactly a concern (or even desirable). No live gig use.

Thanks again.

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Re: Looking for used (maybe vintage) line mixer recommendati

Post by HideawayStudio » Tue Oct 27, 2015 4:45 pm

The mixer I still think is truly remarkable value for money second hand is the little Roland VM-3100. It is a 24-bit compact 12 channel digital mixing desk with MIDI and built in digital EQ, FX and digital I/O.

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There is a Pro version too which has an expansion socket for multiple digital channel support and a second FX processor.

I've seen these units go for as little as £150 on eBay and regularly use two of them here.

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Post by meatballfulton » Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:17 pm

I had a Korg KMX62 6 channel line mixer I used for years. FX loop but no EQ. There's also the 12 channel KMX122.

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Re: Looking for used (maybe vintage) line mixer recommendati

Post by moremagic » Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:36 pm

boss made a bunch of compact desktop mixers in the 80s, i use a bx-80 to mix my synths and samplers

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Re: Looking for used (maybe vintage) line mixer recommendati

Post by Zamise » Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:48 pm

I once got a Yamaha KM802 mixer thrown in free with a DX7 and RX drum machine. Of those I've only kept the KM802 mixer believe it or not, there is something about its clip limiter that just has this really nice smooth curve that I like to it. I might be imagining that but I like to think that is the reason I've kept it. Otherwise, it is as ugly as the rest of those 80s Yamaha answering machine designs that might kind of be retro-sexy now. I also imagine they are still pretty cheap if you can find one.

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Re: Looking for used (maybe vintage) line mixer recommendati

Post by amv » Wed Oct 28, 2015 5:07 am

Zamise wrote:Otherwise, it is as ugly as the rest of those 80s Yamaha answering machine designs that might kind of be retro-sexy now. I also imagine they are still pretty cheap if you can find one.

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YOU WATCH YOUR MOUTH. That thing is AWESOME looking.

Thanks for the tip, I might have to pick one of those up on looks alone.

BTW - I ended up buying a Yamaha MV-802 for such an unbelievably low price that I'll still probably look up a few other recommendations in this list just because I can afford to make the direct comparisons. God I love 80's gear that no one else cares about. Most of it still runs great and people are practically giving it away.

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Re: Looking for used (maybe vintage) line mixer recommendati

Post by Virgule » Wed Oct 28, 2015 5:59 am

The TOA brand did a number of rack mixers that could be relatively easy and cheap to find.

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Re: Looking for used (maybe vintage) line mixer recommendati

Post by madtheory » Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:36 am

O gawd stay away from TOA. Hissssssssss city.

That Yamaha looks very cool, like a baby one of these:
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