September 2021

Audio Mixers: Aggregated Ranking Report

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

At a glance - September 2021 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Audio Mixer
Music Radar
Old Time Music
Music Critic
Podcast Insights
WireRealm
BestCovery
Hustlr
Spy
BestReviews
Vlog Tribe
1
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Yamaha MG10XU
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8
10
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1
5
2
2
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Mackie ProFX12v2
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10
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12
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1
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3
- $77
Behringer Xenyx 502
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3
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-
-
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2
5
4
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Alto Professional ZMX862
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7
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5
2
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5
- $74
Maker Hart Loop Mixer
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-
-
-
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4
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4
7
6
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Mackie PROFX8v2
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1
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11
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-
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7
- $770
Yamaha Emx5014c
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3
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3
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-
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8
- $590
Allen & Heath ZED-12FX
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2
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14
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-
-
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9
- $160
Yamaha AG03
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4
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3
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-
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-
-
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10
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Peavey Pvi 6500
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6
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2
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-
-
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11
- $650
Zoom LiveTrak L-12
4
7
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-
-
-
-
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12
- $599
Rode Caster Pro
10
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7
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-
-
-
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13
- $1000
Mackie 1604 VLZ4
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8
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10
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14
- $259
Soundcraft EPM6
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5
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8
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-
-
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15
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Behringer Xenyx 1202FX
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6
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7
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16
- $1000
Behringer XR18
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9
7
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We ranked Yamaha MG10XU #1 in September 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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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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Vlog Tribe

Great All-in-one Audio Mixer

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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We ranked Mackie ProFX12v2 #2 in September 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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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 September 2021 ranking

We ranked Behringer Xenyx 502 #3 in September 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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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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Vlog Tribe

Budget-Friendly and Compact Streaming Audio Mixer

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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We ranked Alto Professional ZMX862 #4 in September 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 September 2021 because:

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

Versatile Design Audio Mixer for Streaming

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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We ranked Mackie PROFX8v2 #6 in September 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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Podcast Insights

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We ranked Yamaha Emx5014c #7 in September 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 September 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 September 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 September 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 September 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

Pros
All-in-one mixer and recorder
Custom mix monitoring

Cons
Mic preamps not quite flawless

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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 September 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

Pros
Specialist capabilities
Programmable pads are a great addition

Cons
No ¼” jack inputs

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Podcast Insights

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We ranked Mackie 1604 VLZ4 #13 in September 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 Soundcraft EPM6 #14 in September 2021 because:

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

Pros
Compact case
Easy-to-navigate controls
Studio or live use
Excellent sound quality
Simple features

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BestCovery

Best Digital Mixer

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We ranked Behringer Xenyx 1202FX #15 in September 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 #16 in September 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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