Are mixers without FX quieter?

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Are mixers without FX quieter?

Post by powertran » Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:04 am

I just junked an old Soundcraft Notepad mixer that had onboard effects. It increasingly had noise issues on the main outs. I got a new Mackie Mix5 and it's totally silent in comparison. Maybe built in effects on mixers are more susceptible to digital noise artifacts?

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Post by Kent » Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:20 am

Not enough data to go on.

What kind of noise?

Was it 100% definitely due to the clock of the digital FX?

Was it the noise from the solo bus clock?

It could have been anything, really, and comparing one design to another; along with differing power supplies and age of filtering...

anything guess would be just a guess.

However, mixers with built-in FX do tend to be considered as being cheaper in order to hit certain price points. There aren't any out there, that I know of, that are as well specified as their 'Non-FX-Equipped' counterparts except for, perhaps, the recent Yamahas.

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Post by powertran » Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:16 am

It was a Sound craft 12 FX notepad. Only a few years old really. The noise was on the main outs. It had always been faintly hissy. But the noise had gotten worse over time. Kind of a high pitched whining noise and very digital sounding.
I'm just amazed how noiselessly pristine the Mackie sounds in comparison.

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Post by Blairio » Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:16 pm

powertran wrote:It was a Sound craft 12 FX notepad. Only a few years old really. The noise was on the main outs. It had always been faintly hissy. But the noise had gotten worse over time. Kind of a high pitched whining noise and very digital sounding.
I'm just amazed how noiselessly pristine the Mackie sounds in comparison.
Does the Mackie desk have fx?

Normally if a noise gets worse over time it indicates a component is gradually degrading. One for a tech perhaps.

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Post by anselmi » Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:56 pm

could be...or not

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Post by MindMachine » Sun Sep 15, 2019 1:02 am

anselmi wrote:could be...or not
Or vice-a-versa in this case.
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