SNAMM05: Alesis Firewire Mixers

US Introduces Multimix Firewire Mixer Series      23/07/05

SNAMM05: Alesis Firewire Mixers


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Alesis have been busy this year, not only have they completed the acquisition of the Akai brand (expect to see some exciting developments in the coming months) but it has announced its new line of MultiMix mixers featuring FireWire data connectivity. Available in 8, 12, and 16-channel configurations, these compact tabletop mixers feature next-generation DICE II FireWire chip technology, low noise analog electronics, one hundred studio-grade 28-bit digital effects, and rock-solid construction. The DICE II chip was originally developed by TC Electronic but is now owned by Alesis under the Wavefront Semiconducters brand. This new chip dramatically reduces the cost of FireWire connectivity, whilst featuring an incredibly stable clock and extensive IO capabilities. We hear that Alesis will be taking full advantage in future products. The DICE II FireWire technology incorporated into the MultiMix FireWire Series provides for the transfer of multiple audio data streams from the mixer to one’s computer (PC/Windows or Mac OSX) using a standard IEEE-1394 FireWire interface. These mixers provide lightening fast, 24-bit stereo simultaneous input/output via the mixer’s FireWire connection to a wide range of computer-based audio production applications. With their low noise analog electronics, the MultiMix FireWire mixers are cost-effective and highly versatile companions to the desktop recording environment. All three models feature high-gain mic/line preamps, 48V phantom power, auxiliary sends/returns, and an onboard effects engine encompassing one hundred 28-bit preset effects, including reverbs, delays, chorus, and flanging. Each channel provides 3-band EQ with high/low shelving and mid band pass/reject. The MultiMix 8- and 12-channel mixers provide four high-gain mic/line (XLR and quarter-inch balanced) inputs with phantom power, two stereo balanced quarter-inch line inputs, an Aux send that can send to either onboard or external effects, and a stereo Aux return. The MultiMix 16 has eight high-gain mic/line (XLR and quarter-inch balanced) inputs, with the remaining I/O connectivity identical to its smaller siblings. Additional features of the MultiMix FireWire Series include separate quarter-inch balanced main and monitor outs, plus headphone out. Plug and Play operation is available under Windows XP and Mac OSX—eliminating the need for special drivers or setup. Completing the system package is the inclusion of Steinberg’s Cubase LE recording software. Alesis President Jack O’Donnell commented, “With the MultiMix FireWire Series, we’ve made multitrack recording to the computer a viable and affordable possibility for the modern artist/producer.� Suggested retail prices are $599 (MultiMix 8), $699 (MultiMix 12), and $799 (MultiMix 16). More info:
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