April 2021

Audio Mixer Rankings Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Audio Mixer rankings posted by key online experts, as of April 2021.

Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Audio Mixers.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Audio Mixers, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for April 2021 ranking

We ranked Yamaha MG10XU #1 in April 2021 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Audio Mixers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Yamaha MG10XU as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Music Critic

Pros
24 effects
Varying input options
Compressor knobs
3-band EQ
Compact and lightweight
Yamaha quality

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Podcast Insights

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Vlog Tribe

Pros
It has ten channel mixers
It is easy to use
It is durable
It has 4XLR input

Cons
On an expensive side
Some reviews are saying it malfunctions and overheats

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Spy

Pros
Has 20 outputs
making it capable enough for larger settings.
Variety of built-in effects.
USB output.

Cons
Can potentially overheat.

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BestReviews

Pros
Built-in compression
48 volts of phantom power and smooth digital effects (including reverb) create a strong , clean sound.

Cons
USB interface can be difficult to use

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We ranked Mackie ProFX12v2 #2 in April 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Audio Mixers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Mackie ProFX12v2 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Old Time Music

Pros
Compact and easy to transport.
Packed with sound and mixing options.
Good value for money.

Cons
Some may require a bigger desk.

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BestReviews

Best of the Best

Pros
High-quality sound effects
Offers more inputs (12) and recording options
than other contender on our shortlist

Cons
A slight humming noise has been noted during USB recording.
This noise can easily be eliminated by adjusting USB control.

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We ranked Behringer Xenyx 502 #3 in April 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Audio Mixers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Music Critic

Pros
Stereo inputs
Built-in mic preamps
Simple navigation features
3 channel
Fantastic audio

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Vlog Tribe

Pros
Affordable
It comes with five channels
It is lightweight and compact
It has an easy-to-use design and interface

Cons
It could overheat when used for a long time
This Mixer lacks wireless capabilities

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BestReviews

Best bang for the Buck

Pros
An affordable sound mixer with professonal
touches like preamp and 2-Band British EQ.

Cons
A few reports of faulty (loose) power supply

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We ranked Alto Professional ZMX122FX #4 in April 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Audio Mixers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Music Critic

Pros
16 professional effects
Compact
Auxiliary sends
Decent price
Simple and straightforward interface

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Hustlr

Pros
4-channel
Two stereo inputs
Clear sound
24-bit DSP effects
Onboard Alesis digital effects

Cons
The power cord is not durable

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Spy

Pros
Features two-bus design for convenience and control.
There is a three-band EQ on each channel.
Compact size still accommodates eight channels.
Provides phantom power.

Cons
The headphone channel is not separate.

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We ranked Maker Hart Loop Mixer #5 in April 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Audio Mixers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Vlog Tribe

Pros
It has a versatile design
This audio mixer has 9V Power
It is a 5-channel mixer
It has 3 outputs available

Cons
The power button is said to get stuck on the casing
Some complain about issues with the input

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Hustlr

Pros
5-channel
3 outputs
Versatile design
Signal control
Mono and stereo adapter
9V power

Cons
The power button can get stuck inside the casing

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BestReviews

Pros
Affordable
Earns praise for producing crisp, clean sound
without background noise.
3 outputs, 10 mono inputs
5 channels
Eay to set up.

Cons
The housing doesn't have a very durable feel,
but this doesn,t affect the quality of its sound mixing capabilities.

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We ranked Mackie PROFX8v2 #6 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Audio Mixers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Mackie PROFX8v2 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Old Time Music

Pros
EQ on each channel.
Great effects.
Easily transportable.

Cons
Only has eight channels, some may need more.

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We ranked Yamaha Emx5014c #7 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Audio Mixers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Old Time Music

Pros
Rugged steel construction.
Rack Mountable.
Excellent SPX effects on board.

Cons
Might be expensive for some.

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WireRealm

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We ranked Allen & Heath ZED-12FX #8 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Audio Mixers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Old Time Music

Pros
12 channel mixer with preamps on 6.
Masses of excellent features.
Good effects.

Cons
Will take some time to get to know its operation.

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We ranked Yamaha AG03 #9 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Audio Mixers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Old Time Music

Pros
Excellent recording and loopback options.
Multi-usage.
Built-in audio interface.

Cons
Not particularly cheap for its size.

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We ranked Peavey Pvi 6500 #10 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Audio Mixers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Old Time Music

Pros
Enough effects to handle basic sound production.
Well made and sturdy for travel.
Basic but built to be that way.

Cons
Best for live work only.

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BestCovery

Runner Up

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We ranked Zoom LiveTrak L-12 #11 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Audio Mixers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Music Radar

This capable mixer is ideal for rehearsal rooms

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Old Time Music

Pros
Has everything you need to mix and record a live show.
Lots of onboard effects and features.
Easily transportable and well made.

Cons
None really.

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We ranked Rode Caster Pro #12 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Audio Mixers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Music Radar

Step up your podcasting game with this ace little mixer

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We ranked Mackie 1642 VLZ4 #13 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Audio Mixers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Old Time Music

Pros
Tough, sturdy build.
Preamps on all channels.
Sealed control units.

Cons
The price might put some off.

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WireRealm

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We ranked Behringer Xenyx 1202FX #14 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Audio Mixers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Music Critic

Pros
Plenty of input and output options
Compact
Lots of effects
Well-priced
Easy to navigate
USB Channel

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Hustlr

Pros
Affordable
5-channel
Durable
Dynamic quality
Easy to use

Cons
It does not give much room for customization
No wireless connection available

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We ranked Behringer XR18 #15 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Audio Mixers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
WireRealm

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BestCovery

Best Digital Mixer

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