What makes a good mixer? We believe that a mixer should impress with a reliable, stable performance and a simple operating concept. We love mixers which are built for all those small bands, rehearsal rooms, home studios and club DJs. Mixers which offer exactly the right features for musicians and do not take up that much space. Huge mixers which measure 2 metres and cost as much as a small car? Impressive, but not our style. A good mixer is a mixer for everyone, both in terms of usability and in terms of price-performance-ratio.
Our product portfolio ranges from the basic stereo DJ mixer to a professional 16-channel digital audio mixer. Thus, you can always find mixers from IMG STAGELINE at DJ setups, in smoky clubs, home studios and directly on stage. Are you a DJ and interested in DJ mixers? Click here to get directly to the section for DJ mixers.
- For general mixer scenarios: our digital multi-channel mixers
- Mixers for DIY rockers, advanced self-recorders and professionals
- “My buddy said that I do not need a mixer for home recording”
- When do I need a ('real') mixer rather than an audio interface?
- Our special mixers, part 1: mini mixers
- Our special mixers, part 2: DJ mixers
Let us start with our all-rounders: our digital mixers are real power units for every level when it comes to mixing. Advanced mix engineers, DIY producers and studio owners can go wild with the DMIX-20/2: subgroups, great variety of inputs and outputs, 2 DSPs with 12 different types of effects such as noise gate, compressor, limiter, delay and an additional 100 mm motorised fader.
Our DELTA-160 allows a maximum of creative possibilities, for both the 'horizontal' version and the 'vertical' version for rack installation: 2 reverbs, 2 modulations, 2 delays, 2 graphic EQs with 31 bands each. Let us be honest: just a few applications really require more. DELTA is almost as intuitive and easy to use as an analogue mixer and as flexible as a digital mixer.
The DELTA-160 is as easy to operate as an analogue mixer, yet equipped with all the features of a digital mixer. DELTA is the best of both worlds - available at a competitive price.
It is often a matter of belief: digital or analogue mixer? Whether there is an audible difference in the sound quality may remain a matter of belief. However, it is also true that there are some compelling reasons for digital mixers (and yes, even for analogue mixers):
- With a digital mixer, you can pre-program, save and recall settings as required. This facilitates operation, especially for live performances. Even if you require fine tuning for a particular event, you can save some basic parameters which are often used.
- Digital mixers can often record more and other external sound devices than analogue mixers.
- Digital mixers are simply equipped with more versatile effects and additional features such as signal processing functions.
- Digital signals allow for a noise-free transmission with long transmission distances
- Digital mixers provide more functions in smaller devices. This is confusing at first, especially for beginners. While each fader and potentiometer of an analogue mixer has got a specific function, digital mixers are flexible to use. This can be a real blessing for professionals who want to go into more depth.
In 2020, the IMG STAGELINE family of mixers has grown. We have added the mixer series MXR‑X, MXR‑XX and MXR‑PRO.
To be honest, there is no cheaper way to get a reasonable mixer. A 4-6 channel mixer with integrated USB audio interface, simultaneous recording and playback via USB, plus a 5-band stereo equalizer. And all this not much bigger than a lunch box. If these are not compelling reasons to buy a new mixer, we hit a dead end.
This magic box of a mixer is crammed with up to 16 inputs, because this was our plan: to create a mixer with a price-performance ratio which is simply magical. It cannot, of course, compete with battleships costing about EUR 2,000, but what spectactular things can they do that you really need for live mixing or for some fat recordings? Well, then rather remove a 0 from the price and buy yourself a new guitar (we know you want it). The money is definitely better invested.
The series MXR-PRO is the MXR-XX version for ambitious minds. It features sophisticated components and includes 16 DSP effects. These mixers are definitely suitable for professional studios and still available at such an attractive price, they are also suitable for ambitious home recordings or club DJs eager to mix.
- Analogue mixers are available at an attractive price. If you are satisfied with the number of channels and a basic set of mixing functions, an analogue mixer is often the more economical choice.
- Analogue mixers are very easy to use. If you are able to use one analogue mixer, you can easily operate any other analogue mixer. Usually they have got one control for one specific function. Each control and thus each function is visible and can directly be accessed via the control panel. The controls on the mixers from IMG-STAGELINE are clearly arranged for intuitive use and the signal flow of the mixer is easy to understand.
An audio interface is basically a downsized mixer. And a mixer is always an audio interface.
We can explain very quickly what an audio interface is. Just imagine: you are holding the aux plug of your guitar cable or microphone cable in one hand and in the other hand you have got your computer with the recording software (DAW). It is impossible to just plug your guitar into your computer. Some computers do feature a 3.5 mm microphone jack as a built-in interface. However, the audio quality is usually never good enough to record music. How does the sound from guitars or microphones get into your recording software?
An audio interface is a translator between an instrument and a computer: connect your guitar or microphone to the back of the interface and then connect the front of the instrument to your computer.
It looks like this:
The MX series fully meets the requirements of IMG STAGELINE's philosophy. The idea behind the MX series is this: how versatile and how high can the quality be of a recording interface with mixing features if we make it smaller than a toaster? The MX-1IO and MX-2IO are the answer to that. Recording, monitoring and leveling: all accommodated in the smallest of spaces.
Keep in mind: an audio interface is a small mixer. However, even our audio interfaces have limited connection facilities, as you can see in the pictures above. If you are miking a drum kit, for example, you will need at least 3 microphones which will simultaneously enter the interface: bass drum, snare, overhead. And with this minimum configuration, you are still unable to mix them individually.
For multitrack live recordings, you must definitely use a mixer
How many input channels does an interface or mixer provide in relation to its price? The purchase price of the device divided by the input channels available can be an indicator of a good price-performance ratio. With an increasing number of channels, interfaces usually lose out when taking this calculation into account. They often provide less features, too.
Interfaces are a better choice than mixers, if you:
- … have very little space and need a small device
- … the device should be small enough to easily take it with you wherever you go (the MX-1IO weighs less than 500 g and features a width of only 12 cm and a height of 5 cm)
- … you only need to record one track at a time
- … never really need the additional functions of a mixer
There are times when you do not need a new, enormous mixer, you only need a small solution to mix a few individual sound sources. Our range of products for small studios and live applications is suitable for bands, musicians, stage technicians or club owners who often organise or play small concerts. In this case, we continue to fulfil our philosophy with regard to mixers: compact, accessible, reliable technology with most versatile connecting facilities.
A prime example of our product philosophy is the MMX-31 which features 3 mono microphone channels and a separate level control. This allows you to mix the signal from three microphones separately and feed it to one source. Just as an example: You could literally intermix three drum microphones with the MMX-31 and send them to the FOH mixer, or the vocals of three backing vocals. You do not require a power supply and thus allow for maximum flexibility. Or do you just need a USB-capable device to balance and equalize two channels? Then, the MMX-11USB is all you need.
Use Small Mixers to Allow Creative Work
In one of the articles of our magazine about a brilliant live sound, Nils Wittrock of the band 'The Hirsch Effekt' has explained how he built an autonomous monitor from an XLR splitter, the MMX-31 and headphones:
- Split the vocal signal, right behind your microphone.
- One signal from the splitter goes to the mixer.
- Another signal from the splitter stays with you and goes into the MMX-31.
- The mixer brings your voice through the in-ear headphones to your ears and you can mix the signal reaching your ears independently
No matter whether solo entertainers, professional DJs for clubs or occasional event DJs: mixers should be robust and easy to use for everyday life on stage or at parties. Our DJ mixers provide features such as automatic talkover or stereo effects. Depending on the equipment, you can use an integrated MP3 player. Now, all you need for your next gig is your smartphone and one of our DJ mixers. For complex setups with several tables, we offer mixers with up to six channels.
We are still following our way of thinking: good mixers should not be an expensive privilege. We provide mixers which show such an attractive price-performance ratio that everyone can make their vision a reality. We achieve this by concentrating on the essentials: a good sound, features perfectly suitable for practical applications and versatile connecting facilities.