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Old 11-02-2006, 01:01 PM
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Hi,

I have an MBox with PT 5.1 hooked up to my Mac OS9. Does anybody know of an extremely inexpensive mixing console (i would take a 2 channel if available) that I can hook up to my computer and that Pro Tools would recognize? As long as the mixer has a volume and pan faders, I would be happy. I'm looking for something around $200. This sounds like an impossibility, but I figured it's worth a try.

Thanks to anyone who helps.
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Old 11-02-2006, 11:14 PM
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Do you mean a control surface? I'm pretty sure the Behringer controllers would fit your price range.
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Old 11-03-2006, 03:02 AM
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Do you mean a control surface? I'm pretty sure the Behringer controllers would fit your price range.
The Behringer would fit your price range. I'd buy some headphones also to cancel out the noise of the faders...

Or better still, wait, save and buy yourself a Tascam or Mackie DAW. They are still cheap in comparison to the "higher end" DAW's
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Old 11-03-2006, 01:43 PM
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Default Re: Inexpesive Console

Thanks for everyone's help. i will look into this. this will make life mixing at home way more barable!
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Old 11-03-2006, 05:10 PM
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I recently bought a small 12 input(4 Mic pre's)Behringer mixer for $220(aus) and have hooked it up to my mbox via the main inputs. I have done a few tests and it all seems to be working, one benefit being I can now rout signals from different sources (cd/turntable/protools/itunes) to different reference speakers without getting up and changing leads around. It's definitely added to the functionality of my set up and and I have learnt a lot from just setting it up.

One thing I am not sure of is - which input source should i have on the mbox mic input when recording via the ext mixing desk? I did some test recordings using each mbox input (mic/line/inst) - the mic input seemed a bit noisy, the line input gave a very weak signal and the inst seemed in between. Any ideas or tips welcome!!

The main reason i bought the desk is so I can use more than two mics to record some drums, and demo sessions for my band. I figured I would spend a small amount on a desk and experiment/learn with the gear and mics I already have and then later on when I am ready to upgrade - hopefully the digi 003 rack will be out.
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Old 11-03-2006, 09:29 PM
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One thing I am not sure of is - which input source should i have on the mbox mic input when recording via the ext mixing desk? I did some test recordings using each mbox input (mic/line/inst) - the mic input seemed a bit noisy, the line input gave a very weak signal and the inst seemed in between. Any ideas or tips welcome!!
I would probably try to record with the line input and boost the sound in Pro Tools. But if boosting the sound in Pro Tools raises the sound ceiling too much, try the instrument input and keep tweaking until you find just the right balance.

I wouldn't mess with the mic input too much unless you were in fact going directly in with a mic. Give it a shot and see what happens. It's all about trial and error sometimes. Good luck with that.

Oh, and thanks for the info about the Behringer. I am going to look into their consoles as it seems within reason.
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Old 11-04-2006, 11:21 PM
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Hey thanks for that, will tinker with the line input a bit more....my original hunch was to use the line input but the lack of level made me unsure!

By the way the Behringer console I got is a UB 1204FX-pro...it's proved to be very functional and has more features than I ever thought I would need or use. I have routed my whole system through it..CD player, turntable, studio monitors, protools and 3 sets of speakers out of it - you name it. Now if I want to change the speakers or source, it is just a flick of a switch.

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