If you are looking for a great little mixer to add to your small church my I recommend the Soundcraft EFX 12 Channel Mixer. The Soundcraft has a great design, utilizing 12 XLR mic inputs with 12 preamps. The effects are better than most mixers in this price range. For the most part more expensive isn’t always better. The faders and pots are of high quality that you can feel when you adjust them. The quality of the electronics are evident when you hear the mix and the construction and materials are also high grade. There is only one Aux out but This should not be an issue with a worship group that is small. It has four extra XLR channels as well as the two stereo channels. It is nicely laid out, color coded and user friendly. The inserts on each channel allows you to connect to a Korg D3200 for live recordings or any other digital recording studio and it works perfectly.
Whatever you do, please don’t buy no-name (generic) brand mics. You’ll regret it. While the specs may look similar to pro-grade mics like Shure, Sennheiser, Heil, Audix, Audio-Technica, and ElectroVoice, they aren’t close. There is a reason the Shure SM-series, Sennheiser 835, Heil PR20/30/40, etc. have been around a long time. Someone once said that every single hall in the United States has been eq’ed for a Shure SM57/58. That alone should tell you something. These mics are rugged, all-around workhorses that are still in use by major productions. Just about every concert that you watch on TV has at least one of these mics on something, whether a vocal or an instrument.
The Shure Beta 58 has the added advantage of having a titanium ball cover which means you can drop the darn thing and never have a dented ball cover. You can drop the SM57/58s on the floor, from the stage, and probably run them over with a truck and they’ll keep working. But don’t drop them. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. But you already know that, I’m sure.
In small churches, I usually recommend miking only the kick drum and the snare. I’ve found many small churches don’t have a big room and the rooms they do have are very “alive.” Now, if the room is really dead or the room is huge, then use all 4 mics. Use Shure SM57’s for snare and toms and a Shure Beta 52A on the kick. Use a condenser for an overhead mic.
Soundcraft has a great design, utilizing 12 XLR mic inputs with 12 preamps. The effects are better than most mixers in this price range. The faders and pots are of high quality that you can feel when you adjust them. The quality of the electronics are evident when you hear the mix and the construction and materials are also high grade. There is only one Aux out but This will not be an issue with a three piece band. I have four extra XLR channels as well as the two stereo channels. It is nicely laid out, color coded and user friendly.
This is a really nice mixer, well thought out and laid out, and will service your needs very well. A few suggestions that I can think of is adding an aux 1 mute switch, right under the master send knob? When using aux 1 to send to an outboard EFX unit, this would conveniently mute the send (or maybe better, the return) when I need it to.
Also, a socket for a lamp would be a nice touch. And also it is always good to have an extra convenience outlet to plug into. But overall, I really like this unit. The Lexicon effects processor is stunning, and makes for a great room ambiance simulator. You can synthesize a hall of almost any size. The overall layout makes the mixer very intuitive to use. The mid-EQ swept cut-off will help with modeling women’s vocals over the Shure SM58 mics. A very versatile and effective piece of gear.
The Soundcraft EFX12 combines all the features of the popular Soundcraft EPM mixer with a built-in 24-bit, digital Lexicon effects processor, expanding the Soundcraft low-cost, multipurpose compact range. The Soundcraft EFX12 mixer uses the same AudioDNA processor featured in many of the Digitech and Lexicon outboard equipment including the highly respected Lexicon MX500 processor. With over 35 years experience, the Lexicon name is synonymous with the best reverb and processing in the business, ensuring the finest quality effects not usually found in a console at this price level. The Effects section fits neatly into the mixers compact framework which is in a 12 mono input form with 2 stereo channels and an effects send on each channel.
There are 32 effects to choose from with a tap tempo function, 3 effects parameter controls and a user effects setting store facility. An effects channel level clip LED and Mute function gives the user even more flexibility. The emphasis with the Soundcraft EFX 12 is very firmly on quality build and audio performance, with an easy to understand control surface in line with the Soundcraft professional range. The Soundcraft EFX12 uses the highly-transparent GB30 Mic amp (designed by Graham Blyth for the company’s 30th anniversary, and also used on the larger LX7ii and GB Series professional consoles).The Soundcraft EFX12 also offers all the features of the Soundcraft EPM most notably a configurable aux send, XLR and 1/4 inch metal jack connector sockets, RCA phono stereo playback inputs and record outputs, 3-band EQ with a swept mid on the mono inputs, 3-band EQ on the 2 stereo inputs, TRS insert sockets, inserts on all mono inputs, ten-segment LED output metering and a headphone output. The Soundcraft EFX12 will find itself in many applications including live music, recording, houses of worship and multi-speaker installations.
# Low-cost, high-performance, multi-purpose mixer with Lexicon effects
# 32 FX settings
# Tap Tempo and FX setting store function
# 1 FX send on each channel
# 1 configurable auxiliary bus
# XLR-type and 1/4 inch metal jack connector sockets
# RCA phono stereo playback inputs and record outputs
# 3-band EQ with a swept mid on mono inputs
# 3-band EQ on stereo inputs
# TRS insert sockets and inserts on all mono inputs
# Ten-segment LED output metering
# Intuitive and comprehensive solo system
# Headphone output
# Easily rack mountable
# Width: 43.2 cm/17.0″ Height: 9.1 cm/3.6″ Depth: 36.2 cm/14.3″ Weight:5.8 kg/ 12.8 lbs
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