Home mixing equipment is a bit of a minefield. For every good product, it seems like there are ten or so bad ones, which makes the process of finding a mixer for home recording and other audio management somewhat difficult. Peavey has tried to remedy this by introducing a new line of USB equipped mixers, and the exceptionally popular Peavey PV 6 is a good example of a low-cost alternative to some of the high-end racks that professional studios sport.
Here’s a full review of the features and abilities of the Peavey PV 6 compact mixer.
One of the major features of the PV 6 is its USB capability, which allows it to interact with a computer to send audio and even manage tracks in some professional recording programs. This is what drew me to the PV 6 in the first place, as there are surprisingly few mixers on the market that offer this type of functionality (at least, there are few that offer it well).
The USB is easy to use on the Peavey PV 6, and it’s remarkably well integrated into the device. Users can record up to six simultaneous channels and control them directly from the mixing board (depending on the audio software that you’re using). Four XLRs are on-board, and I didn’t have issues with any of them. Line-ins are also available, and they worked well, too. The controls aren’t huge, but they’re adequate–you can mess with the standard EQ and volume levels, exactly what you need and really nothing more.
You’ll likely have a few minor issues if you’re trying to record simultaneously on all of the PV6’s tracks, but I imagine that most users will be recording one or two tracks at a time, so this isn’t an enormous issue. Excess sound levels are very low, and phantom power is supplied. I tried the PV 6 with a few of my condenser mics, and while I got better sound overall from my Tascam device, differences were fairly negligible. That’s pretty cool info for anyone who’s trying to set up a simple recording studio, especially when you consider that my Tascam cost several hundred dollars.
Is The PV 6 Worth It?
Overall, the Peavey PV6 is a good choice for home producers who are looking to get a simple and affordable recording rig up and running. For the price of about $120 (depending on where you buy it), it accomplishes everything that a mixer should accomplish, and the USB functionality is a godsend for home recording enthusiasts who don’t have room on their sound cards (or money in their wallets) for more elaborate setups. The PV6 is worth recommending for basic recording, and I was pleasantly surprised at its low noise and some of its pro-level options. Serious recording fanatics will want to get something more powerful, but the PV6 gets the job done at an affordable price, and it’s perfect for simple acoustic-and-vocals recordings or other low-impact tasks.
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