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Alesis (http://www.alesis.com/), a manufacturer of professional audio equipment and studio electronics, has released the MultiMix 6 USB six-channel USB mixer for Mac and Windows. It costs US$149.
The MultiMix 6 USB is a six-channel desktop mixer designed for integration into a computer-based recording environment. This compact mixer is built for use in recording setups, video editing and production studio,s as it outputs not only line-level analog audio, but also stereo 16-bit, 44.1 kHz digital audio over USB for low-noise computer connection.
The MultiMix 6 USB mixer has six input channels, all of which can accept a 1/4-inch line input. Users can plug XLR microphones into channels one and two, including condensers, thanks to the mixer's switchable 48V-phantom power supply. They can also plug a guitar or bass directly into channel one's switchable high-impedance input.
Channels one and two offer switchable high-pass filtering at 75Hz to eliminate low-frequency rumble, handling and wind noise. Each channel has an independent pan control and channels one through four provide high and low-shelving EQs. Channels one and two have independent gain trims, while channels three/four and five/six are configured as stereo pairs at the level and pan controls.
The MultiMix 6 USB has a two-channel, five-stage, multicolor LED meter for visual monitoring the main output level. A stereo, 1/4-inch headphone output has its own level control.