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Cheap Portable Analog Mixer with Character
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ancientbones
I'm looking for a cheap and portable mixer with a little character.

So far I'm torn between a boss bx-8 and Mackie 1202
Johnnyfive
i love my mackie 1202. can definitely give some character. driving the inputs can result in some interesting distortion. eqs aren't exactly precise or clinical, but can be used for some fairly extreme shaping. not familiar with the boss bx-8 but looks like it has less connectivity options, no mid band eq, no solo/mute buttons. nice to have faders tho, which the 1202 lacks. this thread suggests that the bx-8 can have more subtle distortion than 1202, so i guess it depends what kind of character you're looking for: https://www.gearslutz.com/board/electronic-music-instruments-and-elect ronic-music-production/1044089-boss-bx-8-distortion-demo.html
calaveras
1202 is not really what I consider a 'character' mixer. It's got no really desireable overdrive characteristics, and the EQ is pretty blah. I have one that I use as my 'clean' mixer.
The old Radio Shack mixers, the kinds with the big VU meters, those are cheap, and have a very interesting overdrive sound. No EQ though.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-REALISTIC-Stereo-Mixer-No-32-1100A-Ra dio-Shack-Tandy/391959390367?epid=1200979850&hash=item5b4299a89f:g:Hc4 AAOSwRLZaVqWq

I'm a big fan of old Yamaha mixers. Pretty much anything with a PM-xxx0 model name. PM1000, PM700, PM180.
These are also big heavy mixers made of steel and wood. The market on PM1000 mixers kinda blew up. But the related EM series are pretty good.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Yamaha-EM-100-Six-Channel-Integrated- Mixers-Parts-Repair-Will-Power-On/253357864804?hash=item3afd4e3764:g:b 3AAAOSw9OFZFLsM
MindMachine
You did not define 'cheap' or 'little'.

Get a Teac Tascam Model 2. It is cheap and little but heavy.
mhtones
I've had both a 1202 and bx-8. 1202 was used as a "clean" mixer when I first started in the late 80's (I think that's when I bought it new). I currently have a bx-8 and love using it on drums. I run a bunch of individual outs from my drumbrute into the bx-8 and use it as a submixer. Love the distorted drums!!! But it's definitely NOT a "pro" mixer with a lot of options.

Can usually find pretty cheap so can definitely recommend trying it out!
mycoST
I have a Boss BX-16, a little bigger than BX-8. Would recommend it for distorting drums or using it as a sub mixer, which is what I am doing most of the time. The lack of a mid band eq as stated above is a shame though.
But the BX definitely has character, my favorite distortion by far. Not that I have that many to choose from.
Notron fn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTKYQ_fZ9ew&t=284s

Ran across this video when I was thinking about buying a Jomox Airbase.

The outs were pumped through a Boss bx-8 for eq and distortion.

Makes me want to get a BX-16.
lud
I can recommend a used Allen and Heath Zed 10 for its filters, pre amps and interesting routing. I have the FX version, effects are passable (at best) but would rather not bother with them
cwhiley
Can't believe you aren't thinking SoudCraft. I think they're the most interesting analog mixer out there...

The Soundcraft Notepad-12FX Mixer is only about $150 new.
codemode
ancientbones wrote:
I'm looking for a cheap and portable mixer with a little character.

So far I'm torn between a boss bx-8 and Mackie 1202

I don't get the hype for the old 1202 and 1604. I had them all, more than one because they broke so fast. They were perfect utility mixers, but the distortion is typical solid state/FET op amp crunch. Nothing more, nothing less. Pretty much the same crunch you can get from a cheap Behringer mixer. And the 1202's EQ is IMO much inferior than the souncraft and A&H stuff from the time.

I can add one note.. NEVER get the Alesis 1622. Worst mixer in history by a wide margin lol. Anyone who had one of those is laughing right now. I guess unless you want lots of (bad) character!
oisin
just in case you want to go way out there...

https://koma-elektronik.com/?product=field-kit
radiokoala
codemode wrote:

I don't get the hype for the old 1202 and 1604. I had them all, more than one because they broke so fast. They were perfect utility mixers, but the distortion is typical solid state/FET op amp crunch. Nothing more, nothing less. Pretty much the same crunch you can get from a cheap Behringer mixer.

Would you say there are mixers with more state-of-the-art distortion than e.g (Behringer) Xenyx 1002B, when you crank up gain on the channel? I didn't think mixer manufacturers necessarily paid attention to designing a pleasing-sounding overdrive or what have you, imagining it's stuff like THD's & S/n ratio in their heads for 99% of the time. But I'd be interested to hear what kind of experience you've had and how different brands compare in this regard.

Thx! Boat
thechisler
I’ve been peeping the Behringer 1002b for a compact techno rig. Anyone use one of these?

http://m.musictri.be/Categories/Behringer/Mixers/Analog/1002B/p/P0A04
radiokoala
thechisler wrote:
I’ve been peeping the Behringer 1002b for a compact techno rig. Anyone use one of these?

http://m.musictri.be/Categories/Behringer/Mixers/Analog/1002B/p/P0A04

I use it, all my music was mixed on it.

http://soundcloud.com/radiokoala
http://youtube.com/radiokoala

Drums!
makho
mackie is pretty cheap and decent!
Biom
radiokoala wrote:

Would you say there are mixers with more state-of-the-art distortion than e.g (Behringer) Xenyx 1002B, when you crank up gain on the channel?


Good time for a joke, as the topic is so hackneyed over the years. applause

To the OP: to answer your question shortly - there is no such thing. It would be easier to recommend, if we know the task you're aiming exactly. You may get yourself simple utility mixers and they will do the job, but don't expect the mojo out of that stuff, neither good quality.
There are plenty of ways to colour your signal, so that doesn't exactly need to be the mixer. Although, I don't know your situation or ideas.
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