Soundcraft MFXi 8 Mixer
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Extremely compact and equipped with all the right features.
Soundcraft's MFXi mixers are compact and ideally equipped for live sound applications including fixed installations, houses of worship and portable PA.
The MFXi 8 mixer is empowered by built-in 24-bit Lexicon processing, delivering 32 stunning reverb, delay and chorus effects. All MFXi mixers include 2 stereo input channels along with a 2-track record output and a 2-track replay input which allows interval music to be easily played from CD, MP3 or other music source.
For increased versatility, each model in the MFXi range has 2 subgroups as well as a main stereo mix, making control of groups of channels much easier to manage. These are supplemented by 2 Auxiliary busses which can be used for effects sends or to provide a foldback monitor mix for artists.
The MFXi console uses vertically mounted PCBs which are secured with nutted pots for extra strength, stability, and easy servicing. Well-spaced controls provide easy access at those critical control moments, enhanced by clear legending which highlights linked or associated functions.
Sound quality is assured by Soundcraft's now-legendary GB30 mic preamp and the use of professional condenser microphones is facilitated by the provision of globally switched +48V phantom power. New circuit designs have improved audio quality, and lowered the overall noise floor of the console and FX sections. An integral universal power supply negates the need for an external power module.
- Built-in Lexicon 24-bit effects
- Precision GB30 mic pre-amps
- True, professional +48V phantom power for condenser microphones
- 2 Group busses
- Stereo Mix output
- 8 mono mic inputs, all with 2 stereo line inputs
- Up to 28 inputs to mix
- Aux sends, globally switchable pre or post-fade
- FX send
- Universal internal power supply
Here's Soundcraft quality at a more than reasonable price. Order your MFXi Mixer today.
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Comments about Soundcraft MFXi 8 Mixer:
I picked the MFX over the EFX becuz the MFX has the low-cut, hi-pass filters on every mono channel (I had to download both manuals and do my research becuz the sales reps were unable to tell me the difference between the two models.) The low-cuts will cut down on feedback and low-hum noise. I think the only time you really need them off is for the kick drum and bass.
The internal FX sound super. You can manipulate the FX however you want and save the settings. There's a bunch of studio-quality reverb and dely FX to choose from.
I leanred, the hard way, that the "monitor outs" are not really for floor monitors, per say. If you turn on the PFL on a channel (post fader listen), it gets LOUD. I suppose you can still use those outputs for the floor monitors. Just be careful what buttons you press on the mixer.
To simplify the set-up, on my old Mackie I've always used the left XLR out for the mains and right XLR for the floor monitors. Since I only use 1 power amp Stereo-bridged, it allows for a quick set-up at the gigs (then I still have to set up my bass rig and then soundcheck everyone.) There's 2 AUX's but you can use the FX bus as a 3rd AUX. My only complaint about the MFXi8 is that it doesn't have a Master Left/Right Insert optiion for connecting a feedback suppresser or graphic EQ. You'd have to run them thru an AUX if you want to feedback-suppress all the channels. And I don't think you'll get the most out of the suppresser if you do it that way.
I've been using a Mackie VLZ-3 mixer for the longest time. What sold me on it was that it had direct-outs for the first 8 channels. That comes in handy for home-studio work. But it became a pain to disconnect everything and take the mixer to band practice and then reconnect everything when I got home. Also, whenever I hooked up an FX rack to my Mackie, I had to keep it low so it wouldn't feedback. I needed a small 8-channel mixer with FX and had read lots of good reviews on Soundcraft mixers. I couldn't really say which one "sounds better." For the same price range as the MFXi8, I could've picked up an Allan & Heath ZED-12. However, taht mixer only had 6 mic inputs. I looked up the ZED-14, as well. No FX.
Besides the hi-pass filters and FX, the compact size and light weight was another selling point for me. You can't go bad with Soundcraft mixers.