Excellent Pres, USB, and Lexicon Effects
Whether you need a personal mixer onstage or an easy way to record at home, the Soundcraft Notepad-12FX is a great choice. This compact 12-channel mixer includes four of Soundcraft’s excellent preamps and additional inputs for keyboards and other stereo gear. There’s a 4-channel USB audio interface onboard, which is great for live recording, music production, DJing, and any other application that requires multichannel audio streaming. There are also three digital effects from Lexicon onboard the Notepad-12FX, and they come complete with tap tempo and adjustable parameters.
Equipped with four versatile Soundcraft preamps
Live-sound engineers have long counted on Soundcraft to deliver clear sound onstage, and a lot of that has to do with their mic pres. While there’s +48-volt phantom power onboard for your condenser mics, the high-headroom preamps included on your Notepad-12FX deliver plenty of gain for even the most sluggish of dynamic microphones, with enough gain leftover to handle sudden level spikes that can sneak up on you onstage or in the studio. Instrument-level inputs on channel 1 and channel 3, along with stereo inputs on four additional channels, let you plug in additional mics, guitars, keyboards, or other instruments, so there are enough inputs for the whole band.
Sweeten your sound with Lexicon digital effects
In addition to handy 3-band EQs and 100Hz highpass filters on the preamp-equipped channels, the Notepad-12FX offers you a selection of genuine Lexicon effects you can use to enhance your sound. These effects include a dimensional delay, a rich chorus, and a spacious reverb. Each effect features an adjustable parameter (length for the delay and reverb, intensity for the chorus) that you can tweak with just the twist of a knob, while tap tempo lets you keep your effects locked to the beat.
USB delivers recording and performance possibilities
For a lightweight portable mixer, the Notepad-12FX certainly doesn’t fall short where I/O is concerned. You get XLR combo jacks, 1/4″ inputs, and RCA line inputs. On the output side, there’s a pair of XLR outputs that feed the mains (perfect for PA systems and studio monitors), a 1/4″ aux output, and a switchable main/aux headphone jack. USB turns the Notepad-12FX into even more of a mini-workhorse mixer, by providing a direct connection to your computer. This allows it to act as a 4-in/4-out USB audio interface, making it easy to record into your DAW. It also lets you stream audio from your computer, which you can use to play backing tracks or to inject your favorite virtual instruments right into the PA.