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Peavey PV6USB arrives Friday and records today!

Posted by fiddlepogo on Tuesday, September 7, 2010

I just uploaded my first recording with the Peavey PV6USB mixer/interface.
I bought it partly because of the Peavey reputation for reliability since I have managed to break or damage 2 USB interfaces so far, and I figure I need all the help I can get!!!

Pardon yet another recording of Seneca Square Dance!!!
It's my favorite warm up tune and test recording subject!

This is my first real mixer though.  I got SO close to buying a Behringer so many times,
but the iffy quality repution kept me from following through.

For what you get, the price is right, though- at $129, it's less than my first USB interface, yet has a built in mixer.  Or you can see it as a mixer with built in USB.  If I had a laptop, I could do live recordings of gigs!

It also has phantom power for condenser mics, but it's global (one on/off button for all channels)

The preamps in this are suppose to be high quality, and when I first ran it through my sound system, I could tell it sounded clearer than through the ART USB interface.

Clearer is a double edged sword when recording with a cheap fiddle, though! That's why it's  nice having real mixer controls on the interface instead of having to dicker with the EQ in Audacity- I minused the treble 3, and boosted the bass 3.
It sounded pretty good without reverb, but the room is so dead (a good thing for recording actually) that I added my usual moderate touch of AMBIENCE reverb.

Mics are the usual Heil PR30 on top, and PR35 on the bottom, with them panned hard right and left.  The top mic might be positioned closer than usual- I decided to use my gigging mic stand.

I bought the PV6 also as a gigging mixer, since it has four mic channels, I could use it to mic a duo or maybe even a trio.

I'm thinking that the extra familiarity with the interface from both gigging AND recording with it will pay off.

I think the idea of putting a USB interface in a mixer is a great idea.

I wish I'd had this from the get-go when I started recording, but it's a new product this year.

Hopefully this will inspire some more recording.

My main gripe so far is the manual, it's in four languages, but not very detailed in any of them!!! There are buttons that rout signals this way and that, and more detailed instructions on them would have been nice.

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