August 2022

Audio Mixers: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Audio Mixer rankings posted by key online experts, as of August 2022.

Summary

As of 8 Aug 2022, Yamaha MG10XU takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed audio mixer with 5 expert endorsements. 1 experts out of 5 recommended it as the '#1 audio mixer' this month. It is followed by Zoom LiveTrak L-12 and Behringer Xenyx 502 , with 3 and 3 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - August 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Audio Mixer
Old Time Music
Podcast Insights
Vlog Tribe
BestCovery
Music Critic
BestReviews
WireRealm
Spy
Hustlr
Music Radar
1
- $230
Yamaha MG10XU
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10
2
-
8
3
-
1
-
-
2
- $650
Zoom LiveTrak L-12
7
-
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
7
3
- $70
Behringer Xenyx 502
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5
-
3
2
-
-
-
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4
- $221
TC-Helicon GoXLR
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-
1
-
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5
-
-
-
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5
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Alto Professional ZMX122FX
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-
-
-
7
-
-
2
5
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6
- $269
BEHRINGER Xenyx 1222
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-
-
-
1
-
-
-
10
-
7
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Mackie PROFX8v2
1
11
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
8
- $900
Yamaha Emx5014c
3
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
-
9
- $130
Yamaha AG03
4
3
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
10
- $400
Peavey Pvi 6500
6
-
-
2
-
-
-
-
-
-
16
- $639
Behringer PMP6000
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-
-
9
2
-
-
-
-
-
17
+1 $730
Allen & Heath ZED-12FX
2
14
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
18
-1 $74
Maker Hart Loop Mixer
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-
7
-
-
-
-
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4
-
19
- $295
Soundcraft EPM6
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-
-
8
5
-
-
-
-
-
20
- $223
Behringer Xenyx 1202FX
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-
-
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6
-
-
-
7
-
21
- $3596
Behringer XR18
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-
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7
-
-
9
-
-
-
22
- $1000
Mackie 1604 VLZ4
8
-
-
-
-
-
10
-
-
-
23
- $489
Rode Caster Pro
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7
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
12
24
- Check price
Mackie ProFX12v2
10
12
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-

We ranked Yamaha MG10XU #1 in August 2022 because:

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

Best Mixer For Multi-Person Podcasts

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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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Music Critic

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

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BestReviews

Simple Yet Solid

Pros
Built-in compression helps the audio shine;
48 volts of phantom power keeps all the mics and inputs sounding crisp.
Smooth digital effects (including reverb) create a strong, lean sound without the need for extensive training.
Great for musicians.

Cons
USB interface can be difficult to use

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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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We ranked Zoom LiveTrak L-12 #2 in August 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Audio Mixers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Zoom LiveTrak L-12 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
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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BestReviews

Best of the best

Pros
A simple but comprehensive unit that doesn't take up too much space.
Connect up to 5 headphones at once.
Scene-saving function lets you save up to 9 at once.
Buyers laud its comprehensive feature set for such a portable unit.

Cons
Some reports of sound-bleeding through channels.

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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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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 August 2022 ranking

We ranked Behringer Xenyx 502 #3 in August 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Audio Mixers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
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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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
This portable sound mixer might have a limited scope of features and connections, but it makes them all count.
The included preamp and 2-Band British EQ help give the sounds a more professional sound.
Easy setup out of the box.
Great for podcasters and voiceover artists.

Cons
A few reports of faulty (loose) power supply

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We ranked TC-Helicon GoXLR #4 in August 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Audio Mixers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked TC-Helicon GoXLR as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Vlog Tribe

Most Popular Audio Mixer for Streaming

Pros
It has high power
It produces exquisite sound quality
It has a multiple voice effects option
It has an RGB lights function

Cons
It is expensive
Some complaints are saying that it malfunctions a few months after use

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BestReviews

Great For Looping

Pros
Part multi-channel mixer, part preamp, part sampler—this unit does a little bit of everything.
TC-Helicon is a favorite among musicians and podcasters for its simple and beautiful design.
Easy-access buttons make everything simple. Great for streamers

Cons
While many musicians love this unit, some may want more control than this offers.

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We ranked Alto Professional ZMX122FX #5 in August 2022 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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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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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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We ranked BEHRINGER Xenyx 1222 #6 in August 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Audio Mixers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked BEHRINGER Xenyx 1222 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Music Critic

Pros
Comes with all the software you need
Anti-feedback technology
Studio-level quality

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Hustlr

Pros
4-channel
Warm and dynamic sound
LED control knob
16 presets
Removes unwanted noise

Cons
Quality is subpar

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We ranked Mackie PROFX8v2 #7 in August 2022 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

Best Mixer For Multi-Person Podcasts

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We ranked Yamaha Emx5014c #8 in August 2022 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 Yamaha AG03 #9 in August 2022 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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Podcast Insights

Best Mixer For Solo Or 2-Person Podcasts

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We ranked Peavey Pvi 6500 #10 in August 2022 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 Behringer PMP6000 #11 in August 2022 because:

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

Best Powered Mixer

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Music Critic

Pros
100 amazing presents
Anti-feedback technology
800 watts of power

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We ranked Allen & Heath ZED-12FX #12 in August 2022 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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Podcast Insights

Best Mixer For Multi-Person Podcasts

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We ranked Maker Hart Loop Mixer #13 in August 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Audio Mixers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
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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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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We ranked Soundcraft EPM6 #14 in August 2022 because:

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

Best Digital Mixer

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Music Critic

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

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We ranked Behringer Xenyx 1202FX #15 in August 2022 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 August 2022 because:

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

Best Digital Mixer

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WireRealm

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We ranked Mackie 1604 VLZ4 #17 in August 2022 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 Rode Caster Pro #18 in August 2022 because:

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

Best Mixer For Multi-Person Podcasts

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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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We ranked Mackie ProFX12v2 #19 in August 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Audio Mixers” rankings.
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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Podcast Insights

Best Mixer For Multi-Person Podcasts

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