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Old 12-04-2017, 04:46 AM
Groovekings Groovekings is offline
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Default NMD. Soundcraft Notepad 12fx review

In the continuing effort to drop weight and lug, my duo just sidelined our Peavey 10 board and a small rack with aphex , stereo 31 band eq and headamp for Iem's Dropped 40 pounds. We picked up a new Soundcraft Notepad 12fx and a small ART headamp. We will be using it with one or two Yamaha DBR 10's. We play 60's and 70's tunes to audiences up to 150.

Big selling features of this mixer were 3 band eq on mic channels, 4x4 usb with lots of routing, three different banks of variable effects, flexibility in routing monitor outs and a very small footprint. The price is very reasonable as well at about $150. Great alternative to the Allen and Heath products which are great but higher priced and the newer models have reduced features.

The mixer is dead quiet and has outstanding mic preamps, as you would expect from Soundcraft. Even the wall wart is high quality with rubberized cabling instead or cheap lamp cord, though I don't like wall warts at all. Sound is warm and full and we've found we don't miss the eq or aphex at all. Routing for iem's is easy and seamless, effects are great and you can actually combine reverb and delay ! Who'd of thunk it ! ( sorry for sarcasm here lol ) Channel mic inputs even use combi jacks which I love.

Cons are few - only one master slider for mains, fx and aux out share a layered knob arrangement which works but is cumbersome, and the wall wart thing previously mentioned. For the solo or duo artist with a powered speaker this is a great option that is light and small, won't break the bank and will suffice for 4 track recording and playback via usb. Thanks for reading
Ross & MacCall duo

2000 Seagull Artist Rosewood/Spruce Dred
2015 Seagull Performer Mini Jumbo Q1T
Fishman Loudbox Mini
Yamaha DBR10 powered speakers
Soundcraft Notepad 12fx board
M Audio Bass Traveller headamps with Shure IEM's
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Old 12-04-2017, 11:51 AM
Kalani Kalani is offline
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Yes, just got the SoundCraft Notepad 8fx and it's become my go-to mixer for solo gigs---excellent mic pre's, 3-band eq, hi-pass filter, usable effects (lexicon reverb), main xlr outs and TINY as heck!
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Old 12-04-2017, 02:31 PM
zhunter zhunter is offline
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Looks a lot like my 124FX which has been a solid performer for rehearsals and duo gigs for a long time. It is actually smaller that the new version but the new version includes XLR speaker outs which I like. The 124FX was originally priced a little high but I bought mine at a real blow out sale price. I used to say I wish I had bought 2 at the blowout price but mine has held up fine so I never needed a backup.

I am glad to see them reenter this market and at a reasonable price point too.

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Old 12-05-2017, 11:06 PM
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Good to hear these little mixers are liked. I fancy the 12fx as my mini solo duo mixer where my bigger one is not needed. Have not had a chance to test drive so am glad the fx seem decent which was my only real concern. Very neat and compact to look at.

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