ART USB Mix

3-Channel Microphone, Instrument, and Line Mixer / Computer Interface with USB bus power, One XLR Mic Input, and Two Line Inputs
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Audio Interface and Mixer in One!

The ART USB Mix is a 3-channel mic/instrument/line mixer and a computer interface. The bus-powered USB Mix not only gives you a great-sounding audio interface for your Mac or PC, but also a versatile mic/line mixer with an XLR/TRS combo input, plus another mix channel with stereo (or two mono) 1/4" line inputs. All of this is packed into a compact, robust steel case. With its affordable price tag, you can't afford not to have the ART USB Mix in your audio toolkit!

Put a USB Mix in your toolkit

The ART USB Mix is a solid choice if you're just starting out with computer recording, as it gives you the functionality of a 3-channel mic/instrument/line mixer, as well as a computer interface. Everything's packed into a tidy little steel case, so it won't take up much space in your studio, on your desk, or in your backpack. The USB Mix is bus-powered, so you can just plug-and-play. You even get a separate level control for your headphones! This little device is seriously cool. If you're in the market for an audio interface, check out the ART USB Mix.

The ART USB Mix 3-channel mic/inst/line mixer/computer interface Features at a Glance:
  • USB powered - no external power supply needed when used with a computer
  • Microphone (balanced XLR) input or instrument (unbalanced 1/4" TS) input with switchable impedance
  • Switchable low noise +48V phantom power for microphone
  • Balanced 1/4" TRS inputs for stereo or mono line-level sources
  • 1/4" TRS output jacks work with balanced or unbalanced lines
  • Stereo 1/4" TRS headphone jack with independent level control for output monitoring
  • Independent controls for both sets of inputs, main output, and headphone monitor
  • Green/Red LED signal/clip indicator
  • Switchable assignment of USB playback to channels 2 and 3
  • USB 2.0 compliant
  • No special drivers needed with most modern versions of Windows, Mac OS, and Linux
  • USB cable, AC adapter, and Audacity recording software included
  • Rugged steel case
The ART USB Mix 3-channel mixer/interface is a little gem!

Additional Media

USB Mix User Manual

Tech Specs

Type Analog
Channels 3
Inputs - Mic Preamps 1 x XLR
Inputs - Line 2 x TRS
Outputs - Main 2 x TRS
Headphones 1 x 1/4"
Phantom Power 1
Busses/Groups 1 x Bus
Faders Rotary
Computer Connectivity 1 x USB
Height 1.6"
Width 4.0"
Depth 4.75"
Weight 1.1 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number USB Mix

Customer Reviews

4/5
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5/5

Great tool for a shoestring budget

I'm just getting my first studio together and needed an inexpensive audio interface for my computer. I found the ART USB mix and it fit right into my budget. This unit does everything I need and more. I couldn't be happier with it.
Music background: Lead Vocal and rhythm guitar for lots of country groups
4.5/5

Good Mixer

Serves its purpose well. Easy to set up and configure for guitar and mic input into Audacity and Studio 1. Can't beat the price. All around good deal!
4/5

love this thing

I have owned every interface you can think of on both Macbook Pros and inexpensive Asus PC laptops. I just needed the simplest, dumbed-down interface that I could plug a guitar or bass in and do some amp modeling in Reaper on a $400 laptop. At first there was a ton of latency so I played around with the settings in Reaper, made sure the interface was plugged into my USB 3.0 slot, and downloaded ASIO4ALL which gave me some different audio options in my Reaper preferences, eliminating all latency.Also, not sure if its the cable or the USB output on the USB Mix but it doesn't seem to lock in. The cable isn't really falling out of the machine but it seems to go in and out a bit too easy. If you are patient, you can get this thing to work flawlessly. I would totally replace it if something happened to it.
Music background: composer, sound designer, recording engineer
4/5

ok

Does the job.
Music background: none
2.5/5

Nice-sounding, but low-gain.

Like the other ART USB interface I used to own, the USB Mix is a low-gain unit. ART just doesn't like making things too loud, it seems. To get sufficient signal strength for monitoring, you have to hook up the USB Mix to a much-higher-gain unit, in my case, a Mackie 402VLZ4. Unfortunately, that makes it impossible for me to use the ART as anything but a USB monitoring interface. I need a sub-mixer as well. You don't have to piggyback with the Behringer Xenyx 302USB, which is sufficiently loud by itself to drive other pieces of equipment in the signal chain, sans maxed-out onboard gain settings. (BTW, the ASIO driver designed to work with the USB Mix also works seamlessly with the 302. I guess CEntrance makes the digital processors used in both mixers.) If you just use the USB Mix with a laptop and headphones, or if you have A LOT of headroom for adjusting your desktop monitor levels, you might not notice, or care about, the ART mixer gain issue. But if signal strength is a consideration, I'd recommend getting another mixer/interface.
See also: ART, ART Analog Mixers