Okay, let’s admit it that at some time we just need a simple, budget-priced mixer, but we’re loathe to buy that particular brand, because it’s a bit like being caught with Black and Gold teabags in the kitchen. No one wants to be known as being that cheap. Hurray! Help is at hand with the release of a new range of affordable mixers from a company that has a fine reputation indeed–Cerwin Vega, renowned for its professional loudspeaker systems. CV’s three mixing consoles come in a 10, 12 or 16 channel configuration and if you squint your eyes (a lot) they don’t look a bit like the competition. Actually, with a snappy, black retro colour design and Cerwin Vega artwork they do look pretty cool and different from the rest. As you might expect the features are quite straightforward regardless of how much CV want us to get excited–these are budget mixers remember–however it’s good to see that all three models have a USB connection to be used as a simple DAW interface or just a digital recording output. The two larger mixers start to offer balanced XLR outputs and the like, too. You should be able to see more at www.cerwin-vega.com but it looks like CV is so excited they haven’t gotten around to updating the website. Shouldn’t be long.
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