I have had the Mackie ProFX8v2 for several years, but have never really utilized it for more than a live soundboard at coffee shop gigs. What a mistake! Not only do I think every musician needs one, if you are an educator that does any kind of performance-based fundraiser, you need this. I use this hardware monthly, and now that I am exploring Pro Tools First, a free version of Pro Tools, I am using it several days a week.
- It’s portable and “heavy-duty” enough to get any job done. I bring my board to school for our Coffee House fundraiser and for our annual school Talent Show to provide or supplement our sound system. I can have up to 4 XLR microphone cables, and/or a total of 8 1/4 inch inputs. For our school purposes, we typically have 1-2 microphones and 1-2 guitars mixed in at a time. I either hook it up to a medium-sized amplifier, or into our school’s sound system. It really does provide a nice mix, and I like to be able to control it during a performance in case anything needs adjusting. I also enjoy using it when I perform alone, mixing my guitar and voice to how I like it to sound. 🙂
- It’s professional quality. When I use this board at home for recording, I think it’s the best quality I have yet to come across, other than a professional studio. I have tried an M-Audio inbox and other interfaces, but nothing makes me happy. I’m very particular about how my guitar sounds, and I found the other methods I tried made it sound too tinny and live. I also prefer to always record guitar with a direct input and with a microphone and mix the two channels, so this helps with that process! And the best part, it connects to your computer via USB. It will recognize the hardware and you can set it to be your sound input in any software you are using. I have used it in GarageBand, Logic, and Pro Tools First and they all recognize it.
- Anyone who has absolutely no idea what they are doing can use it. Literally, me. I took a few music technology classes and dabble in home studio recording, but other than that I am certainly not knowledgable enough in this area. I have no idea what phantom power is, or what the stereo graphic EQ faders at the top do, but I know how to get the sound I want and need for whatever project I am working on.
I bought mine at Guitar Center for roughly $200.00, and it has been worth every penny! Educators, you may be able to use your budget account or booster club to make this purchase for your school or program! It’s definitely worth it, especially if you would use it on other projects outside of school!
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