So, why am I buying the Behringer UB802 Eurorack 8 Input Mixer?
As many of you know, I’ve been experimenting with doing some home recordings of some of my songs, perhaps even to be able to produce a demo CD.
I own an eMac, which is cool enough, but I also have GarageBand, an easy-to-use and dirt cheap digital recording application. I’ve have plenty of success recording from my keyboard — actually, I’m recording MIDI notes from the keyboard, not its actual sounds — and you can even listen to and download two of my songs over at my downloads page.
But I have not been able to record any good vocals. The problem is one of impedance.
Most devices you plug into your computer or stereo have high-impedance signals that need no boosting — the sound comes in at a level that can be heard by whatever you’re plugging them into. But, as the folks at MacJams say:
professional-level microphones are typically low-impedance signal devices. … As such, if you plug a good quality mic directly into your Mac, you won’t hear anything.
And I wasn’t hearing anything. I needed something to boost that microphone signal so my Mac could hear it. And the Behringer UB802 Eurorack 8 Input Mixer does just that.
But it doesn’t do just that. The Behringer UB802 Eurorack 8 Input Mixer also has separate EQ channels for each track.
EQ is just music-geek for equalization, which is still music-geek for the adjustment of highs and lows of sound. Simple EQ adjustments are your treble and bass knobs on your car radio. By using the Behringer UB802 Eurorack 8 Input Mixer at my gigs, I can adjust the highs and lows of my vocals separately from the highs and lows of my piano, so if my vocals are too “bass-y” and the piano is too “treble-y,” I can adjust each.
Which means a better-sounding gig for you.