In October of last year I wrote a post about my experiences with the MXR M81 bass preamp pedal, in which I said that it had given me the confidence to leave my bass amp at home for the first time since I started playing bass in 2000. Since then, I’ve had a few more experiences with this amp-less setup and have more specific things to share, both as a bass player and as a sound engineer. Let’s start with a picture:
Specific things that I like about this setup after five months of use:
Prompted by a viewer who asked me about the differences between the Yamaha MG10XUF and the Mackie ProFX8v2. These mixers look very similar but that belies a whole host of important differences.
In this video I compare the following attributes of these mixers:
02:18 Price 03:09 Release date 04:29 Number of input channels 07:50 Input channel configuration 12:05 EQ section 12:51 Number of aux sends 15:29 ON vs. MUTE switches 16:57 Pre-Fade Listen (PFL) function 18:34 Onboard graphic EQ (Mackie only) 19:18 Onboard effects (FX) processor 20:40 USB Audio Interface 23:27 Studio Monitor Output (Yamaha Only) 25:29 Internal vs. External power supply 27:26 Aesthetics and Ergonomics
This purpose of this video is not to give a comprehensive overview/review of either of these mixers, but rather to educate end users about how to systematically analyse the differences between two apparently similar pieces of equipment. The aim of this being to avoid any nasty surprises after purchase!