8 Best Audio Mixers For Podcasting
As most podcasters know, podcast recording requires an investment in some important equipment. Think microphones, pop filters, headphones, laptops, acoustic treatments, recording and editing software, audio interface, and more. Today, we’re going to focus on audio mixers for podcasting.
An audio mixer is a piece of equipment that gives podcast hosts/producers the ability to mix several audio tracks into one, high-quality recording. While you might think of music production when you think of audio mixers, they are great for podcast production as well. Audio mixers help podcasters adjust audio levels, apply special effects, create high-quality audio content, and cut down on editing time.
Depending on your needs and your budget, there are plenty of audio mixers to choose from. Mixers range from basic all the way up to professional grade, and tend to run between $75-$500, which is a huge range. To help you decide which mixer is right for you, let’s go over a roundup of the best audio mixers that are suitable for podcasters’ unique needs.
8 Best Audio Mixers For Podcasting
Behringer Xenyx Q502USB
Just joining the world of podcasting? The Behringer Xenyx Q502USB is a great place to start. It’s small, lightweight, and super budget-friendly (under $100). Because it has minimal inputs, it’s perfect for the solo podcaster. Plus, it comes with access to simple recording and editing software – which can reduce your initial start-up costs even more.
However, this audio mixer is very basic. It doesn’t leave room for co-hosts/guests nor much room for growth. While this is a great option for beginners, we recommend investing in a more advanced mixer as your podcast gains popularity. More podcasting tips for beginners, here.
Behringer Xenyx Q802USB
Another good option for the solo podcaster is the Behringer Xenyx Q802USB. It has all the same capabilities as the Q502, including access to Behringer editing and recording software. With studio-grade mic preamps and super simple USB connectivity, you can’t go wrong with this mixer.
What really sets this mixer apart is the easy-to-use compressor, which drastically increases your sound quality. Plus, instead of just five inputs, the Q802 contains eight. So, unlike the Q502, this version of the Behringer audio mixer has more room for upgrades and growth. And the best part is, you can pick this mixer up for only $80.
The Yamaha ag06 is a good option for both solo and co-hosted podcasts, or podcasts that often host guest interviews. It boasts flexible connectivity with phantom power, loopback functioning for live broadcasting of all microphones, and high resolution playback and recording. It’s compatible with both MacOS and Windows, and can be powered by USB or mobile battery.
The Yamaha ag06 is unique in that it offers ¼ and ⅛ microphone jacks, providing even more flexibility. Prices vary online, depending on the website and distributor. But, no matter where you purchase from, you should be able to snag this mixer for less than $200.
The Yamaha mg10xu is another great multi-person mixer for podcasting. It has a plethora of built-in sound effects for your benefit and utilizes 1-knob compressors for easy dynamics control. Other features include class-compliant USB 2.0 for recording and playback with computers and tablets, 3-band EQ on all mono channels for sound-shaping, and
Pad switch on mono inputs for managing loud sources.
Just keep in mind that some Yamaha mixers don’t have USB microphone capabilities. So, be sure to double check if you regularly use a USB mic. Also keep in mind that this system uses knobs (instead of faders), which can be slightly harder to use when trying to get your sound just right. At $229, this mixer is still relatively budget-friendly and considering all the capabilities, well worth the price.
The Mackie PROFX8 V2 comes highly recommended by several podcasting pros. It works great for any type of podcast, especially those that like to incorporate music. Some special features include 4 low-noise Mackie Vita mic preamps, band EQ and 100Hz low-cut filter on all channels, 48-volt phantom power on all mic channels, and the balanced XLR inputs.
We recommend taking some time to read through all the features this mixer has to offer because there are so many. You can purchase this mixer from a variety of distributors online for around $200. But, if you purchase from Sweetwater, you’ll receive a FREE 2-Year Total Confidence Coverage Warranty.
Rode RodeCaster Pro
The RodeCaster Pro is your one-stop-shop for all your audio mixing needs. It works great for both solo and multi-person recording and it comes with a super comprehensive user-guide. This audio mixer allows you to connect your phone via bluetooth or cord, meaning you can easily host long-distance interviews or phone calls without all the extra hassle.
Other features include studio-grade XLR microphone inputs, four headphone outputs, automatic level setting, one-touch tone controls, and plenty of editing capabilities that can drastically reduce editing time post production. If you’re ready to take your podcast to the next level, the RodeCaster is the way to go. At around $450, this mixer isn’t cheap. But the extensive list of capabilities and features most certainly makes up for the price.
Allen & Heath ZED-12FX
The ZED-12FX boasts high quality, professional grade features, perfect for live recording and touring. It’s lightweight and includes 6 mono channels, 3 stereo channels with 2-band EQ and inputs for extra sources, 16 internal time-delay effects, configurable USB stereo audio in/out, and SO MUCH more. Say hello to fantastic audio quality.
If you’re looking for an audio mixer that will grow with you and stand the test of time, this is the one for you. Priced at just under $500, this audio mixer will require a bit of an investment. But, you can rest assured that the capabilities are worth the price.
Soundcraft Signature 12MTK
Last on our list today is the Soundcraft Signature 12MTK. This particular mixer has multi-track capabilities, meaning you can record each track individually. When it comes to editing later, multi-track recording can be a real time-saver. Other features include 14-in/12-out ultra-low latency USB playback and recording interface, Soundcraft Ghost mic preamps with ultra-low noise performance, plenty of on-board effects, and premium-quality faders.
When you purchase from Soundcraft, you get more than just the product. On their website, you will also find a plethora of training videos, resources, and support. This can be super helpful as a beginner and even at the professional level. At $585, this mixer has only the most professional features and capabilities. No wonder it’s the most expensive mixer on the list today.
Make podcasting recording easier by investing in a quality audio mixer.
Whether you’re looking to start a podcast or simply upgrade your current podcasting equipment, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Dear Media, we hope this list of the best audio mixers for podcasting has helped you along your journey and made the buying decision that much easier. No matter your budget or your preferences, there is a mixer on this list for you.
We’ll wrap by reminding you to ALWAYS read the instruction manual for any piece of podcasting equipment you purchase – thoroughly! To make sure you’re utilizing all the capabilities and features in the most effective way, you need to educate yourself on your equipment. Not only will this reduce editing time post production, but it will ensure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.
For more podcasting tips and tricks, and the answers to all your frequently asked podcasting questions, head on over to the Dear Media Blog. And, of course, feel free to leave any questions or comments below!