For my live CONDUCTOR performances, I self-mix on stage using a Mix12FX mixing board made by Mackie. So here’s my mixing board review. I run all of my electronic gear into this mixing board, run stereo lines out to my Boss RC-505 loop station, and from that run stereo lines out to the house P.A. system. The sound person mixes my overall output, but it’s up to me to be live-mixing on the fly when it comes to the levels and tones I’m looking for from each of my machines.
I like the Mix12FX for a variety of reasons. I can break them down right now!
First, this is a very affordable mixing board. It’s a passive mixer, and while it does run off an 18 volt electrical adapter, it still requires power from an external PA or amplifier. Being a passive mixer puts it in a lower price range versus powered mixers, but its passivity is exactly what I want, because ultimately I’m going to be running the sound out to a P.A. system whether in my practice space or at a venue, so not only do I not need a powered mixing board, but in my situation the power coming from my board could interfere in ways with the powered house system, creating slight audio latency for example. Sure, this is a low-end mixing board, so don’t expect it to be state of the art, or supremely sophisticated. But it’s got 12 channels, all the usual features and effects that you might expect, it works great, and it doesn’t cost a fortune. For now, this gives me everything I need in a mixing board.
Another thing, for me personally, I like that this is a smaller-in-size, compact mixer. I pack a lot of gear into a 30″x48″ case, and every square inch of extra space counts! I shopped this mixing board around, trying out a few different boards before deciding on this one. Considering it’s a 12-channel mixing board, with a variety of features, it’s smaller than anything else I found out there. All the knobs and sliders are packed in neatly, not too tiny or close together to be problematic, but simply cutting out extra space and toning it down to about 9-1/2″ in height and about 11-3/4″ in width. So, a bit larger than my Roland TB-3 but a bit smaller than my Roland TR-8.
Check out my full rig rundown which includes the Mackie Mix12FX mixing board!
About the features, it’s got 48V phantom power available to the XLR inputs using an On/Off button. The twelve channels are divided into four single channels (channels 1, 2, 3, and 4), and four stereo channels (channels 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, and 11/12). The single channels offer the option of XLR inputs and also single 1/4″ inputs, and these four mono channels also offer a gain control gradient knob. The stereo channels offer dual 1/4″ inputs for left and right patch cables. Further, there is a Tape Input and Output (RCA connections) with a separate volume knob and the option of sending the tape signal out to the main PA or else out to your headphones. The tape input is in addition to the 12 channels, not one of them.
The Mix12FX comes with 12 built-in effects. These effects can not be altered, but the effects send level can be adjusted with a master knob and also individually per channel. Each channel, by the way, can be panned left-to-right with panning knobs, as well as mixed with control knobs for low, mid, and high frequencies.
Lastly, there are LED indicator lights which are helpful to visualize your level and not have your sound clipping. Some low range mixing boards do not have these LED’s. As for outputs, the Mackie Mix12FX has dual 1/4″ outs to Main, dual 1/4″ outs to CR (meaning control room), there is a single 1/4″ output for Effects Send and another single 1/4″ output for headphones.
I find the Mix12FX covers all the usual features that most performers would need in a mixing board, and it’s all packed into a compact chassis and priced affordably. Plug in and stay connected!