The 5 Best Small Mixers (2021)

Small mixers are a great option for musicians, producers, and DJs that only need a limited number of inputs and outputs. If you want to get a mixer for studio use or live shows without sacrificing quality, then this is the article for you!

In this article, we will present you with 5 of the best small mixers on the market today.

The 5 Best Small Mixers (2021)

1. Allen & Heath ZED-10FX
Editor's Choice - 4-channel mixer with lots of effects and features, perfect for band use on the road
2. Behringer XENYX 802
Budget Option - Affordable option for people looking to buy a quality made, no-nonsense mixer for home use
3. Roland GO:MIXER PRO
Innovative mixer made specifically for use with smartphones, with 9 inputs and 2 outputs
4. Yamaha AG06
High-end, compact, 6-channel mixer for the road and use for live internet broadcasting
5. Mackie ProFXv3 Series
Mid-sized, 12-channel mixer for more professional use with 24 effects

1. Allen & Heath ZED-10FX

ZED-10FX is, in our opinion, the best small mixer on the market today for a lot of reasons. Mainly, it provides great quality for a reasonable amount of money and has very good sound quality.

This mixer has 4 mic/line inputs as well as two high impedance inputs with 1/4” jacks. You can use them to connect guitars directly into the mixer without the need for an amplifier. This is really convenient if you’re recording and want to get a clear sound, with additional effects built-in.

Each channel has its own MusiQ 3-band equalizer, giving you good control over each channel and instrument.

The best feature of this mixer, however, is the effects. You can choose from 16 different effects, including various types of reverb, echo, delay, and chorus. You can also play with them and change them to best suit your style. This can be done through the mixer or through the AmpliTube X-GEAR software you get for free when you buy this mixer.

The price is on the mid-range for this type of product, but this mixer’s price/quality ratio is unparalleled.

2. Behringer XENYX 802

If you’re on a budget, the Behringer XENYX 802 is one of the best small mixers to consider.

This mixer can take up to 8 different inputs. It has two XLR inputs for mics, included with 48 V phantom power and XENYX preamps. This will give you a decent and clear sound from both condenser or dynamic mics.

Each channel has a separate 3-band EQ, providing you with quality sound. Everything on this mixer is quite simple and easy to use, even for beginners. It’s also very light, making it perfect for on the road.

This is a great buy for beginners looking to start their home studio or musicians looking for a light and cheap way to connect the band on the road.

3. Roland GO:MIXER PRO

The Roland GO:MIXER PRO is part of the Roland GO series, made specifically for music recording and mixing on your smartphone.

This is a tiny mixer—it can easily fit in the palm of your hand. It’s also extremely light, so taking it with you in your pocket won’t be a problem at all. This is a very easy-to-use mixer—it has a total of 9 inputs and 2 outputs.

It has only 5 knobs on the surface—1 for master control and 4 for guitar, microphone, and two other instruments. It also has a loop option and phantom power for one mic.

It works on 4xAAA batteries, which can be recharged through a micro-USB hub on your phone charger. This is an excellent pick for anyone who’s doing most of their musical work on their phone or on the go and doesn’t need too many mixer options.

4. Yamaha AG06

Yamaha is a household name in the music industry, and it’s no wonder it’s on this list as well. AG06 is their version of a compact mixer, and they’ve done a great job of packing all of the high-quality features in such a small mixer.

This mixer has two XLR/TRS inputs with one phantom power available and 4 other input channels (2×1/4” and RCA input).

There are no EQ knobs available on the mixer, but you can use the Yamaha 1-touch system of four buttons, giving you automatic EQ, amp simulation, and two effects.

As for the outputs, you can have different monitors and a headphone output straight from the mixer. It also has a loopback function for online live streaming.

Pricewise, this is not too expensive a mixer. It’s particularly good for people who want to take their streaming game to the next level.

5. Mackie ProFXv3 Series

We finish off with the largest mixer on this list. The Macke ProFXv3 is a 12-channel mixer, which gives you more options than the products we previously listed.

This mixer’s main features include Onyx preamps for your microphones, giving you a very clean sound when recording. Each channel has a 3-band EQ, as well as the option to choose from 24 different effects on the spot from the mixer’s memory.

All in all, this is a great buy for semi-pro users or professionals looking for a smaller yet powerful mixer that will cover their needs when on the road or in a smaller recording studio.

For what you get, it’s very good value for the price.

Summary

We hope that this article has shed some light on some of the smaller mixers you can find on the market. From palmtop mixers made for smartphone use to 12-channel ones for more professional use, there should be something to suit everyone’s needs.

Whether you’re a home user looking to record their music or other streaming content for your website, or a professional looking to take this on the road to help the band sound better, it’s just a matter of picking the mixer that’s best designed for your needs.

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