ART Pro Audio 4 Channel USB Recording Mixer

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USBMIX4

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Four Channel Mixer / USB Audio Interface

The ART USBMix4 is a great starting point for building a personal home studio. Perfect for podcasters, songwriters or at home movie makers looking for a simple solution for recording voiceovers, location recording or adding music to your projects using any Mac or PC.

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• High Performance Low Noise Design
• Switchable +48v Phantom Power (CH1 only)
• Assignable USB Record Source
• Independent Level Controls for Main and Headphone/Monitor Outputs
• 1/8th-inch Headset Connectors (Mono Mic In and Stereo Headset Out)
• Integrated Class Compliant Plug-and-Play USB Audio for Mac & PC
• Operates on USB Power or 5VDC External Power Supply (Included)
• Input Connections: XLR & 1/4-inch Balanced Combi-jack (CH 1 & CH2), 1/4-inch TRS Balanced (CH3 & CH4), 1/8-inch TRS Aux/MP3, 1/8-inch Headset Mic
• Output Connections: 1/4-inch TRS Balanced Main Mix Outputs,
1/4-inch TRS Stereo Output & Monitor Outputs, 1/8th-inch Headset Output
• Signal to Noise Ratio: >90dB Typical (Ref 0dBu)
• Maximum Input Level: +8dBu (Mic), +16dBu (1/4-inch Input)
• Maximum Output Level: +15dBu Main Mix Outputs
• Maximum Gain: >55dB (Mic), >37dB (Instrument), 5dB (CH3 & CH4)
• USB Computer Interface: USB Class Compliant plug-and-play Mac / PC Interface
• Power: Via USB or 5VDC @ 500mA
• Dimensions: 1.75"H x 5.1"W x 7.5"D (45mm x 130mm x 191mm)

Versatile budget mixer/interface6 of 6 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCobourg, Ontario
Good audio quality for a 16-bit audio interface. The single chip TI PCM2900C Stereo USB 2 codec is rated at 89dB SNR and Dynamic Range on its ADC 96/93 dB respectively for its DAC. The analogue circuitry surrounding it degrades that very little according to the Oblique Audio RTL Utility; its test of a loopback from Stereo Out to CH1 reported a -88dB noise floor. The round trip latency from a Windows 10 laptop through this path was recorded as 8.3 ms at 48kHz sample rate and 64-sample buffer. A 48 sample buffer registered at 7.6 ms but RTLU called it suspect. A 32-sample buffer caused buzzing. Those tests were done with the ART ASIO 1.1 driver by CEntrance included on CD-ROM along with Audacity. Using ASIO4ALL, the latency is higher.
Mic gains seem ample for my condenser and dynamic mics, even for a cheap lavalier that is useless with USB audio adapter plugs I have. My condensers require 48V phantom which this mixer provides while some other bus-powered units provide only 24, 15 or even 5.
The mixer works fine USB-powered from my Windows laptop but there's not enough juice in my Raspberry Pi 4B for it. Happily, MIX4 has a port for 5VDC power and comes with an AC adapter which empowered it to work with the Pi.
While described as a 4-channel mixer, that seems misleading as you can simultaneously send to the computer (and Stereo Out) Ch1, Ch2, Ch3-4 and Aux MP3 In. By my count that is 6 channels but there is no gain control for the Aux. On top of those, you can also mix in the USB input from the computer, which does have a level control, for a total of 8-channels into the Main Mix bus. So it's more accurate to say 2 line-level stereo pairs plus two mic/line pannable mono channels plus a USB pair. However, your application may preclude you from using all simultaneously because of echo or feedback or monitoring limitations.
The user manual is wrong about the MAIN MIX control: it has no effect on the USB send level nor the STEREO OUT. It is a monitor level control between the Mix Bus and the jacks you would connect to your monitor system, just as the PHONES-MONITOR is a level control between the Mix Bus and the PHONES and Headset jacks. There is no master gain control for the USB send and STEREO OUT - they get the sum of all 8 inputs to the Mix Bus. Nor is there an AUX out.
The build quality seems good and sturdy. Pots feel good. My one concern may be the 3.5mm jacks but their high mechanical resistance could indicate good contact pressure. And who knows how long switches will hold up.
All in all, I'm quite happy with my purchase and am intrigued that the price is much more competitive in Canada than it is elsewhere.
Posted by Tom Holden on Apr 19, 2021
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Having a reverse polarity issue on one channel.3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreKingston, Ontario
This little mixer has a ton of possibilities and does have an recognize ASIO driver available on the website. However I’m not sure if this is an isolated issue or possibly a problem across the line. But when recording a stereo 2 track signal through input 1 and 2, I’m experiencing a opposite phase issue on one of the channels. It becomes very obvious when you send a mono signal into both CH 1 and 2. It is very evident when you examine the wave form in a recording software. I also experience a mulling effect as you start to bring the channels pan back to center. Not sure if others are seeing this. But I would love to get this one replaced and to make sure this is an isolated issue. Thanks
Posted by Al Torrance on Oct 14, 2020
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Art USB mixer3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSt. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Great mixer, never had any trouble other then a buzz when the gain is turned all the way up but the pad option fixes that. Great mixer for the price I must say!
Posted by Tyler stead on Jun 11, 2020
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Great for capturing 2 channels for DAW during live performance6 of 6 customers found this review helpful

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We use these for remote collaboration among band members to create compiled performances in a video. My bandmates use these to record their parts in an iPad or iPhone video, and send it to me where I can take each channel into my DAW as a separate track and mix like we had been together in the studio. It works with this device because it sends CH1 and 2 DRY signals out the USB. Thus a band member can plug the mic into Input 1, the guitar into Input 2, the backing track into the Aux, the USB into the iPad Camera USB adapter dongle - and what I get back is a video with good quality audio where L channel is only the voice and R channel is only the guitar, both in sync with the common backing track that we all use. I strip out the L and R channels from all the videos, mix the song, and make a six-panel video with sound coming from the combined result.
CAUTION: The only problem is that there is a fault in the firmware currently (June 2020) in that the supposedly "dry" signal is tapped after the EQ and pan, meaning that you have to pan Inputs 1 and 2 full L and R, and set EQ knobs at 0 to keep the tracks truly dry. Makes it useless for recording dry when actually performing in front of an audience. Otherwise, I would have rated the features and quality 5.
Posted by Phil on Jun 6, 2020
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