The Signature MTK series by Soundcraft are analog mixers that also come with onboard effects and USB multi-track recording/playback capabilities.
It is important to make the distinction between the MTK series and the regular ones;
Both can be connected to the PC via USB but the regular ones only offer two channels for stereo recording and support 24-bit/192kHz resolution, while the MTK ones offer 12 or 22 Multi-track recording but at a reduced 24-bit/48kHz sample rate.
The MTK series are fantastic for anyone who is building a home studio and wants a good Mixer with loads of inputs that can be recorded independently to their DAW and that won’t break the bank.
As far as the preamps go, they come with their famous Ghost preamps, which are featured in the top-quality Soundcraft consoles and they sound absolutely fantastic.
These preamps also come with a Sapphyre Asymmetric EQ, which has two separate mid-bands, allowing you to EQ everything thoroughly.
This Mixer’s interface will also let you to use the plugins in your DAW during actual live performances in real time, as well as for studio monitoring without any latency at all.
They come loaded with studio-quality effects from Lexicon, like Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Modulation and other effects and dbx limiters on the input channels.
One would think that these effects are not that good, but they do sound better than some commercial plugins out there, and they are extremely easy to set up with just a pair of parameter knobs.
The consoles have XLR and switchable Hi-Z inputs that enable guitars, basses and other instruments to be directly connected to them without the need of a DI box.
As far as the fader go, they work quite well since they are responsive and smooth, but sadly they aren’t motorized!
These mixers also feature a global 48v Phantom Power control, as well as a High-Pass filter (for all mono inputs).
Read also: Best Home Studio Mixers; Analog & Digital.
- Free downloads of the Lexicon MPXL native plug-in and Ableton Live 9 Lite.
- Ghost mic preamps deliver phenomenal performance
- Dual Lexicon effects engines provide you with studio-grade effects
- Limiters from dbx keep your levels under control
- 4-band British EQs with 2 sweepable mid-bands for musical sound-shaping
- Highpass filters and 48V phantom power on all channels
- Switchable hi-Z inputs for guitars, bass, and other instruments
- 3 aux busses, 2 aux/FX buses, and flexible pre/post switching
- 4 mono/2 stereo subgroup(s) with routing switches
- 24-in/22-out USB connectivity for playback and recording (24-bit/48kHz)
- Comprehensive Soundcraft GB-series audio routing
- Robust tour-grade metal housing for durability
- Includes Ableton Live Lite 9 and the Lexicon MPX-L native plug-in
|Inputs||8 XLR, 10 x TRS and 16 XLR, 20 x TRS respectively|
|Outputs||2 x XLR, 3/5 x TRS, 2/4 x TRS Subgroup|
|EQ||3-band and 4-band EQ Respectively|
As far as analog mixers go, the Soundcraft MTK Series are great, both for live mixing and home studios.
You can use them to record and even for hybrid mixing!
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