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Allen Zagel
Mixers for meetings and legal work
on Jan 12, 2007 at 1:35:04 pm

Hi
I'm looking at mixers for dong corporate meetings and legal depositions to mix 6 mics (lavs, and/or boundry) and into the camera. This is video/auidio, not just audio.

Was looking at Behringer MX2004A, Mackie 140VLZ or DFX12 or possibly a Yamha MX12/6. I'm reading reviews on the MX2004A and DFX12 and about equal between good and bad. Haven't seen any reviews on the VLZ series though.

Don't know what the difference between the Mackie DFX and VLZ series are though except for $100.

Not recording live bands or music, strictly voice. But need outputs to video camera, cassette deck and who knows what else. Maybe a VHS recorder.

Can anyone offer any suggestions?
Thanks
Allen

ASX Media Productions
http://www.asxvideo.com


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Thax
Re: Mixers for meetings and legal work
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on Jan 12, 2007 at 2:43:22 pm

You might also look at some "automatic" mixers that will automatically keep the mic channels turned OFF unless and until the person on a given mic is speaking.

http://www.shure.com/ProAudio/Products/MixersAndDSP/us_pro_SCM810_content

Google for more details and more choices.



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Boyce Johnson
Re: Mixers for meetings and legal work
on Jan 12, 2007 at 11:03:43 pm

How good are the auto mixers these days? We've got an old one in a meeting room but we had to disable the auto-mix setting as it sounded terrible. Beginnings and endings of phrases were often cut off and things like paper rustling would often cause mic channels to open. It's not all the mixer's fault, of course. When the person talking is leaning back in a chair so that his or her mouth is 5 feet away from a 57 and you've got papers rustling, laptop keys clacking, and projector fans humming in closer proximity to other 57s I don't think there's an auto mixer in the world that can handle it properly.

On a related note, we're considering a feedback eliminator. How well do they work in a multi-mic meeting room PA system? Are there any particular manufacturers/models that anyone would recommend?



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drumrob
Re: Mixers for meetings and legal work
on Jan 12, 2007 at 6:00:38 pm

Allen,

You can't go wrong with Mackie. Their stuff is very well built and sounds good. Behringer has basically taken Mackie's products and reverse-engineered them to produce a similar product for less money. Unfortunately the build quality and sound are not quite as good. I haven't really looked at the DFX series - I think they are using different pre-amps and maybe some digital processing. The VLZ series has been around for quite a while now and is battle tested. Mackie recently lowered the price on the 1202 and 1402 VLZ Pro mixers, too.

Hope this helps. Have fun!

Rob


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Allen Zagel
Re: Mixers for meetings and legal work
on Jan 12, 2007 at 7:01:01 pm

Hi Rob
Thanks much for the reply. However my mind was mae up for me a few hours ago. I won that Behringer MX2004A including a Hard case for $157. I thought for sure I'd be out bid at the last minute cause I wasn't going to pay any more especially I can get new stuff for as little as $250.

Oh well, I give it a good tryout here before taking it on the road. There's always eBay then ha ha

Thanks again
Allen

ASX Media Productions
http://www.asxvideo.com


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Ty Ford
Re: Mixers for meetings and legal work
on Jan 13, 2007 at 5:10:04 am

If four inputs is all you need, get a SignVideo ENG-44

Regards,

Ty Ford



Ty Ford's "Audio Bootcamp Field Guide" was written for video people who want better audio. Find out more at http://home.comcast.net/~tyreeford/AudioBootcamp.html
or http://www.tyford.com


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Allen Zagel
Re: Mixers for meetings and legal work
on Jan 13, 2007 at 12:59:31 pm

Hi ty
Wow, long time since we've emailed. How are you?

Anyway, no I need up to 6 mics plus outputs to cassette deck, audio out to my VX2000, already have Gary's XLR adapter, and probably a VHS recorder.

I'm not sure what else until I take the CLVS class in March.

Will be looking to get some Lavs from Ginsburg plus a 4 line snake.

Allen

ASX Media Productions
http://www.asxvideo.com


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Tim Mirande
Re: Mixers for meetings and legal work
on Jan 16, 2007 at 2:11:16 pm

Hello Ty,

How would you rate the SignVideo ENG-44 against the Sound Devices 302? The SD 302 is more than twice the price, but if it's that much better, then it's worth it. I'm also going to ante up for the Schoeps, as you have often recommended in this forum. I'm tired of fighting with inferior gear. Thanks for all the help!

Regards,

Tim



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