The more, the merrier is a sentence that’s often utilized to describe different situations. When choosing a sound mixer that’s often the way things are. The more channels one has to play with, the better. But knowing the limit is very important because way too many channels can sometimes be troublesome. A 24-channel mixer is a perfect balance between a lot of choices and not too many choices. That’s oftentimes the reason why audio lovers choose that configuration for their mixers.
Although getting a new mixer is great, you don’t want to make the wrong choice because it’ll definitely cost you a lot of money. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive list of the best 24-channel mixers in the market right now. If you feel like we’re forgetting something, don’t hesitate to contact us about it.
Budget – Make sure you know how much you’re willing to spend. In this list, we’ve got a variety of mixers at different price points but not knowing what you’re able to buy is not good. A budget gives you a rough idea of what can satisfy your needs and what is not for you. Don’t be disappointed if some of the mixers mentioned below are above the budget you’ve set for yourself. Save up and increase the budget.
Presonus StudioLive 24.4.2AI
To start off the list, we’ve got a common contender. Presonus has allowed users to choose between a ton of configurations when ordering the Presonus StudioLive 24.4.2AI. The 24-channel version of this mixer comes with class A XMAX mic preamps, direct outputs, analog inserts and much more. Although it’s not the most compact of mixers, it’s not too bulky for the average person. The StudioLive 24.4.2AI provides its user with 20 dedicated buses for very easy configuration. When working on important projects, this mixer is definitely one you can rely on due to its great versatility. Unfortunately for some, MIDI integration is not something this mixer comes with and the sound effects are near sub-par but something we have to say is that the sound quality is absolutely exquisite. This mixer is a definite recommendation.
Behringer Eurodesk SX2442FX
If you asked what the best 24-channel mixer is for $500 or less the answer would be the Behringer Eurodesk SX2442FX with no hesitation. For the price, you’re getting a very high-quality premium analog mixer with a ton of customization options. Mic preamps, construction, and components are all top notch. This mixer can easily handle day-to-day use with no problem and performs outstandingly during gigs. The only complaint is that the sound is not perfect. If you’re really paying attention, you can definitely notice that the sound quality is not as great as some of the costlier mixers but for the price, complaining is not something we could do.
Allen & Heath QU-16C Digital Mixer (Chrome Edition)
Out of all mid-to-high-end digital mixers, the Allen & Heath QU-16C is undoubtedly one of the best. Its features include an incredible sound system, 4-band fully parametric EQ on every input, an incredibly easy-to-use interface that makes handling it a breeze and powerful 24-channel mic preamps. The Chrome Edition of the QU-16C adds on to these amazing features with more monitor mixes, spectrogram, and Automatic Mic Mixer. If there’s anything to complain about when it comes to this mixer, it’s definitely the fact that there are no option cards and no AES inputs either. Obviously, the pros you get with this mixer outweigh the cons by a ton so this is also a very recommended mixer for any audio lover out there.
We’re cheating a bit when it comes to this mixer because the Mackie PROFX22V2 is not really a 24-channel mixer, it’s a 22-channel mixer. But there was nothing better than it for the price so we’ll make a slight exception. The Mackie PROFX22V2 produces incredible sound in a very compact package that makes using it very seamless and easy. The sound effect you get from this mixer is absolutely world-class and the EQ is also magnificent. Another thing you’ll certainly appreciate about this mixer is the fact that you can record and stream anything you want via USB. Use the mixer to record the mixes you create and then stream them during breaks as well. All for sub $1000. Mackie is known for its extraordinarily high-quality product and the PROFX22V2 is clearly no exception to that!
Yamaha MGP24X Premium Mixing Console
Last but most certainly not least we’ve got the one and only Yamaha MGP24X. This mixer revamps the way we look at analog mixing by coming at us from a fresh approach. This 24-channel mixer utilizes digital technologies to give you access to sophisticated DSP functions whiles still being true to the analog-style control. What we mean to say is that the Yamaha MGP24X is sort of a hybrid between an analog and a digital mixer. The first time we tried this mixer out we were blown away by it’s crispy, rich and vibrant sound. All vocals came out absolutely crystal clear. The bass was also stunning. If there’s a mixer I’d recommend to a church it’s definitely this one. The options are endless which allows for a variety of sounds.
So that’s our list of the top 5 best 24-channel mixers of 2018. We hope you found something you liked on this list.