Soundcraft EFX8

8 Mono + 2 Stereo-ch Mixer with Built-in 24-bit Lexicon Effects
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The Soundcraft EFX8 not only provides a versatile, feature-filled mixing platform with plenty of I/O options that make it great for stage, studio, or house of worship applications, it also includes a stellar onboard 24-bit effects processor to make your sound even better! The EFX8 includes eight premium preamps, 32 effects settings, 3-band EQ (with swept mids on the mono channels), an effects send on each channel, and more! You'll be amazed at the great sound and performance you get from the ultra-portable 8-channel mono/2-channel stereo EFX8!

Soundcraft EFX8 8-channel Compact Mixer with Effects at a Glance:
  • Premium effects onboard
  • Easy to use
  • Great components

Premium effects onboard
The Soundcraft EFX mixer uses the same AudioDNA processor featured in many of the Digitech and Lexicon outboard equipment including the highly respected Lexicon MX400 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 available in 8 or 12 mono input variants, both 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.

Easy to use
The emphasis with the Soundcraft EFX 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 EFX 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).

Great components
The Soundcraft EFX also offers all the features of the Soundcraft EPM most notably a configurable aux send, XLR and 1/4" 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.

Soundcraft EFX8 8-channel Compact Mixer with Effects Features:
  • 8+2 channel frame size
  • Built-in 24 bit Lexicon digital effects processor
  • 32 effects settings
  • Tap tempo and effects setting store function
  • One effects send on each channel
  • One configurable auxiliary bus
  • XLR-type and 1/4" 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 rackmountable
The Soundcraft EFX8 gives you great mixing performance and sound in a small footprint!

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Live Mixer Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Type Analog
Channels 10 (8 x Mono, 2 x Stereo)
Inputs - Mic Preamps 8 x XLR (CH 1-12)
Inputs - Line 8 x 1/4" (CH 1-12), 4 x 1/4" (Stereo 1, 2), 2 x RCA (2 TRK)
Outputs - Main 2 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" (Mono)
Outputs - Other 2 x RCA (Rec), 2 x 1/4" (Monitor)
Headphones 1 x 1/4"
Send/Return I/O 1 x 1/4" (Aux), 1 x 1/4" (FX), 2 x 1/4" (Return)
Phantom Power 8
EQ Bands 3-band Sweepable Mid (CH 1-12), 3-band (Stereo 1-2)
Aux Sends 1 x Aux, 1 x Pre/Post, 1 x FX (Post)
Faders 13 x 60mm
Channel Inserts Yes (CH 1-8), 2 x 1/4" (Main Inserts)
Effects Yes
Rackmountable Yes
Height 3.6"
Width 13"
Depth 14.3"
Weight 10.1 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number E535.000000US

Customer Reviews

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When Wayne recommended this $400 mixer for my barn, paired with QSC 8s, I was... concerned... Soundcraft? Don't they make cheap crap? Well... The unit really is everything it needs to be and more. In fact, its been pressed into service as a small stage unit for a nightclub where we use it for open mics and late night shows. Open Mics are one of the true tests of a mixer. Some guitars are loud and brassy, others are soft and boomy. Some people sing big and close to the mic, others are too far away and practically whisper. It's freakin impossible, in other words, to make it all sound consistent and as good as it can 2unless you can mix and eq quickly on the fly. Plus: you need reverb for vocals. Trust me. And, Open Mic hosts are performers, not sound pros. It has to be dead easy or it won't happen. The EFX8 has been solid in this job for about 8 months now. Everything is right there where you need it, easy to make work. The parametric eq is awesome. The Lexicon 'verb makes everyone sound... well, better, anyway. The speakers are ceiling mounted so we have to leave them on all the time, which means we leave the board on all the time (avoid those annoying pops). So far, no problem. I wish there were more control over the monitor outs. If there is a way to adjust them by track rather than globally, I haven't found it. And I can never remember how to send the effects mix to the monitor. I'm pretty sure its easy. But the manual is pretty easy, but needs to be more a tutorial for newbies. There are videos, but some people (older) just don't learn well that way... But for $400 (now $370) and a very small footprint, this thing makes mostly dead simple sound really, really great.

Soundcraft EFX8

Recommended by my sales engineer, Chris Leonard. I use it for small to medium size venues for a small band and ensembles. Has a great sound, is easy to use, lightweight, low noise floor. For the price, it's pretty sweet. I use it as a replacement for a Mackie 1202-VLZ Pro and a Mackie 808s (I now have powered speakers, so I no longer need a powered head). It's definitely an upgrade in terms of sound quality. The onboard Lexicon effects are really nice. I also recently purchased JBL EON610 speakers (which I use as monitors) and already have a pair of Mackie SRM 450 speakers for mains. The Soundcraft sounds great with them.
Music background: pro keyboard player


Dan Van Amerongen guided me toward this mixer when I was seeking one for my music room and for small gigs. I was unfamiliar with this brand and mostly have used Mackie mixers. I am quite impressed with the clarity of the sound and the quality of the onboard effects. This device has been a perfect addition to my practice room. This is a GREAT mixer. Thanks, Dan.
Music background: worship musician, occasional band gigs

Great mixer!

I recently needed a replacement for my Yamaha 16 channel mixer that had served me well, but was getting along in years. The Soundcraft EFX8 had all the features and inputs I need for both of my bands and the reviews were good so I ordered it. The mixer sounds fantastic and the Lexicon effects really complement the mixer. My guitarist, a recording engineer by trade, gave it a big thumbs up. The mix is punchy and well defined. Adding to that, it's compact and a quick setup. As usual, my rep at Sweetwater (thanks, Jim!) did his typical stellar job of taking care of me. I ordered on Monday and had it in time to familiarize myself with it for a gig that Friday. Thanks, Sweetwater!
Music background: Bandleader, bassist, part-time musician

Not perfect, but......

Yes, there are features I wish it had, like compression/limiting, effect selection display, mute lights, anti feedback, graphic eq, etc. But what you do get .... is pretty darn awesome. I use my mixer for 16 hours a day everyday. Because I have my stereo, computer, guitar, microphone and TV all plugged into it. Even my telephone is plugged into it (magicjack). And so my mixer is on for 16 to 18 hours a day, everyday. And here it is a year later and it still looks and works like the day I got it. So I can safely say that this is built to last. 6000+ hours and still like new. All the features it does have are good. Nothing disappoints. But some features are really impressive. The preamps for one. I'm using a 30 year old SM-58 microphone to lay down vocal tracks over karaoke backing tracks, and recording them onto CuBase. I have owned several Tascam home recording studios over the decades, but I was totally blown away at the instant results I got with the EFX8. On my powerful home stereo system I was playing back my tracks and I could not tell my vocals from the originals. I even dare to say that my vocals were better than the originals. They sat perfectly in the mix, and without any trouble. Flat EQ on all of them! And I was singing along with dozens of Beatle, Tom Petty, Doors and Alice In Chains tracks. My girlfriend never even realized that the recordings I made weren't the original studio songs. Sometimes I even forget. "Oh man, that's me singing! LOL"So the preamps far surpass anything I've used at home in the last 30 years, but then I can also remark that the eq section, while simple, are certainly very nice. Lastly, the effects......there is no disappointment here. I've used SPX-90s and Quadraverbs for the last 30 years, but the effects section on the EFX8 is just very easy to use and absolutely delicious. There are no great phasers or flangers, but the reverb and delays......they are just top notch. It's almost hard to get a bad sound. There are dozens of types to choose from, including stereo, and they all sound extremely professional. I absolutely love the reverbs. I guess I should mention the headroom. While the EFX8 comes with all kinds of overload lights for the gain, preamps, effects in and the mains out.....I have found that I really have to grossly disregard the red light warnings before an audible distortion actually results. Also, I have used the independent effects inserts for compressors and such, and have found them to be flawless. I did have one of the slider plastic knobs fall off, and had to glue it back on.I took my mixer to band rehearsal, and the guys were all blown away by the rich reverbs and tone of this little mixer. It blew away out 32 band Behringer mixer. So there you have it. It sounds way better than any of the dozens of live mixers I've had to deal with over the last 40 years.
Music background: Professional bar and club musician
See also: Soundcraft, Soundcraft Analog Mixers, Soundcraft Analog Mixers