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First post, by Bancho

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Hi All,

I'm in the market for a cheap audio mixer. I've just added a 3rd sound card to my machine and would like to buy a mixer to be able to control the sound from each 3 cards.

I'm interested to hear what you guys use. Ideally i'd like it to be small and cheap 😀

Thanks for the input!

Reply 1 of 10, by badmojo

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I use this little guy and think it's great - passive so you lose some oomph, but not much.

https://www.amazon.com/rolls-MX41B-Stereo-Cha … r/dp/B0002D03AW

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Reply 2 of 10, by Malvineous

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I use a similar thing - ART SplitMix4 - passive so you don't need to worry about getting power to it, but you do lose some volume so best if you feed it into an amplifier.

EDIT: If all three cards are in the same machine you could consider looping the output from one to the other and using the inbuilt mixers. Might not be up to pro audio work but for gaming it'd be fine.

Reply 5 of 10, by kaputnik

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Using a home made passive mixer. Fits the "small and cheap" description perfectly. You need a bunch of 3.5mm jacks, resistors, a piece of perfboard, some wire, solder, and an enclosure to put it all in. Everything can be ebayed for a few bucks. Here's a tutorial with circuit diagram, it can easily be expanded to as many channels as you want.

Posted a few pics of my mixer here earlier, if you're interested.

If you go this route, you should do some googling before picking a value for the resistors. I'm using 2.2kohm ones, but there are different opinions on suitable values for this application, so you should decide for yourself.

Reply 6 of 10, by gdjacobs

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Both passive and active mixers are great first projects for working with electronics.

All hail the Great Capacitor Brand Finder

Reply 8 of 10, by ripa

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Behringer NOX101. It's an affordable two-channel mixer with phono and line-level inputs and balanced outputs. The faders are non-contact and properly logarithmic so they don't wear out like those horrible resistor pots. Perfect for using active near-field monitors with a computer or a pair of turntables.

Reply 9 of 10, by BloodyCactus

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Rolls RM203X! 10 stereo inputs! awesome for soundcards and modules.

Its the bomb!

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Reply 10 of 10, by Malvineous

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That RM203X looks great, but why do they insist on only a mono aux out? The Behringer equivalent is the same. How are you supposed to loop in a stereo EQ with only a mono output??