Eventide ’s MixingLink defies easy categorization. It is a battery-powered stomp box that has an XLR microphone/DI pre-amp (48-volt phantom power from included power supply), a mono effect loop with onboard mixer and auxiliary send/return paths and a clear-sounding stereo headphone amp. MixingLink will act as a nexus for interconnecting disparate audio sources and processors each with different audio operating levels, impedances and connectors. It’ll accept line, microphone and instrument levels.
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In the studio I used MixingLink as a pre-amp for an additional microphone recording input. I liked that its line level output goes directly to the DAW interface—no console required. In addition, the FX Loop allows for any pedal to be inserted in the recording path within MixingLink itself. The FX Loop send and return support balanced and unbalanced signals.
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There are three mixing control knob effect modes. Dry+Fx keeps the dry signal level fixed and the knob sets the effect level. The knob changes to a wet/dry control in Mix mode, and FX Only mode mutes the dry signal with the knob setting the effect level.
Ideal for any creative and adventurous producer looking for a new sound or technique, MixingLink is superb for interconnecting any and all pieces of gear together.
An ingenious electronic design packed into a small box, MixingLink sells for $299 MSRP.
Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com