Today’s item I have for review is the Monoprice 615808 8-Channel mixer. This is a sub-$100 mixer that is perfect for 2-4 vocals, or 2-3 musicians.
About the Monoprice 615808 Mixer
This mixer has 4-XLR inputs, 4-line in inputs and 4 auxiliary inputs. You can also plug in a CD or RCA stereo jack and send out via the 2 track mains or RCA jacks. The mixer also has a USB port (playback only) and aux send if you choose to add effects or compression to your mixer.
The first 4 channels of the 615808 contain an overall gain, two EQ options, the aux-pre channel, pan and volume level. Channels 5/6 and 7/8 only have EQ, aux-pre, pan and level. Main outs are 1/4″ cables and the headphones is balanced 1/4″ jack.
Advantages of Monoprice 615808 Mixer
This mixer is small and very portable. Perfect for a one-on-one interview, connecting to a computer and recording a show. The added adapter on the bottom allows you to place the mixer on a microphone stand if no table is available. You can even run mics needing phantom power as it can run +48V.
Disadvantages of the Monoprice 615808 Mixer
The biggest is the USB – It’s playback only. If you try to record via USB, your recording will run a high pitched hum. Even connecting to the iPad – it recognizes the USB mixer – but will still bring the pitch into your recordings.
Overall – Monoprice 615808 Mixer
For the $70 price tag, this mixer is perfect for beginners and works well if you are running a portable setup. The mixer works a lot better with a compressor/gate on it, which with a little thought (and some cool technology from JamUp Pro) I was able to do.