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My Alesis Multimix 4 USB FX 4 channel mixer/USB recording interface questions!

An audio interface is a piece of hardware that expands and improves the sonic capabilities of a computer. Some audio interfaces give you the ability to connect professional microphones, instruments and other kinds of signals to a computer, and output a variety of signals as well. In addition to expanding your inputs and outputs, audio interfaces can also greatly improve the sound quality of your computer.
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Re: My Alesis Multimix 4 USB FX 4 channel mixer/USB recording interface questions!

Post: # 276Post Dana
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:28 am

thestorygirl wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:59 pm
You'll be very glad to know that after more fiddling around, I believe it is no electrical hum. I just need to hold the earbud + extension cord together with some duct tape ( :idea: ) and I believe the noise I was hearing in the background is my laptop running loudly. :shifty:
Very well done grasshopper. You are one step closer to snatching the pebble from my hand.
Unfortunately, I will not be able to get a brand new one any time soon, but I have heard that perhaps using a small MacBook Pro might do the trick for such a situation. ...What do you think? I could save up for that.
I am not a Macker but I think the Mac Book Pro starts out about $1,999.00. I can buy 5 window machines for that kind of money.
But in any case, after doing a few test recordings, I went home and listened and I don't hear the laptop in playback. So maybe the mic is not picking that up at all. That would be sweet!
It should not pick up the laptop, but in till you achieve the proper input levels, it is impossible to tell. I know that when I was in the condo, my sm57 was directly under the air vent and it never pick up the ac running. Many times I had the ceiling fan running as well.
So I guess it's on to the next step. I will be working on the input levels using the videos you've made. I'll let you know when I have problems [we know it's not a matter of 'if', right?]. :roll:
You are gaining more knowledge every day. It seems that the more we learn, to more we get away from the basics of audio. I am referring to your other posts in this thread. I think you would be better off buying a small extension cord so the mixer is right next to you. I also think you need to invest in a pair of headphones that has a long cord and comes with a 1/4 inch adapter. You can get them from Walmart for $14.50 and it comes with an 8 foot cord along with a 1/4 inch adapter. If you can, do a search and try to find a pair that does not have a built in volume control knob. It seems that these go out quite often and you will be using the headphone control knob, on the mixer anyway.

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Post: # 277Post thestorygirl
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:36 pm

Dana wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:28 am

I am not a Macker but I think the Mac Book Pro starts out about $1,999.00. I can buy 5 window machines for that kind of money.
Yiy! Well, I suppose I could have misunderstood what I had heard... :mrgreen:
Dana wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:28 am

It should not pick up the laptop, but in till you achieve the proper input levels, it is impossible to tell. I know that when I was in the condo, my sm57 was directly under the air vent and it never pick up the ac running. Many times I had the ceiling fan running as well.
I think you know what you are talking about! When listening to test in playback, I could also tell a difference when I shut the curtain of my booth to block off the laptop from my mic. All these things are seeming to work together! :)

Thank you re the headphone advice. I went to earbuds because I got tired of the different headphones I've used making noise whenever I opened my mouth to talk. I thought earbuds would fix that! Well, it does but they have other cons. I will look into the ones you recommend.

I am hoping to get my input levels, etc. finished soon because I have a couple of expiring Librivox projects coming up and also the free trial of Reaper is running out! But I will also be busy with work this weekend. I will get to it as soon as I can. TTFN...

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