So now it’s time to get serious. Maybe you’ve had your karaoke machine for a while, and you’re in demand. Why not? It’s good fun, and people enjoy it. But now you want to upgrade your gear — time to really get it started, by getting one of the best karaoke mixers.
Then you can improve the sound of your performers, give them vocal effects, and give yourself total control over everything that is going on.
It doesn’t need to be studio size, but you need inputs for as many people as might want to sing at one time. Assuming you have enough microphones, of course, you will probably need a channel for each mic. Plus a few spare in case someone wants to join in with an instrument.
That is the perfect scenario, but of course, you can get away with less.
So, let’s have a look at the best karaoke mixers and find the perfect one for you…
- Top 10 Best Karaoke Mixers Reviews
- 1 MA-3000KII 750W Karaoke Mixing Amplifier
- 2 Mackie PROFX12V2 12-Channel Compact Mixer
- 3 BEHRINGER, 12 XENYX 1202FX
- 4 Behringer Europower PMP1680S
- 5 Mackie Mix Series Mix8
- 6 Yamaha MG06X 6-Input Compact Stereo Mixer
- 7 Behringer Xenyx X1204USB Premium 12-Input 2/2-Bus Mixer with USB/Audio Interface
- 8 Alesis, 4, Four-Channel USB Audio Mixer
- 9 Nady MM-242 4 Stereo / 8 Mono Channel Mini Mixer
- 10 VocoPro DA-1000 Pro Professional 3 Mic Digital Echo Mixer
- Best Karaoke Mixers Buyers Guide – So now the Karaoke is getting serious…
- So, what are the Best Karaoke Mixers?
Top 10 Best Karaoke Mixers Reviews
1 MA-3000KII 750W Karaoke Mixing Amplifier
This is a powerful professional karaoke mixing machine putting out a huge 300 watts at 8ohms that has a range of effects that will enhance the experience of everyone and improve the sound of the performers.
It has been designed and manufactured to produce quality results, and every effort has been made to provide quality components to ensure a great sound. For example, gold plated speaker connections, and the mic-in, jack-in, and aux-in are all plated to improve the contacts.
And it has a metal aluminum diecast construction that is tough and rugged and built to travel. The machine was designed in the US but manufactured in China.
All the connections you could ever need…
It is loaded with features including a built-in USB/SD card MP3 interface to play songs from MP3, a nine-step digital key control, 2 RCA audio inputs, and one video input and three video outputs.
It has four ¼” microphone inputs at the front and three at the back and two channels of video select and two of audio select. On the front panel, there is a music master volume and a microphone master volume.
Control it remotely…
Each of the channels has its own individual microphone volume, balance, and echo depth controls. Channels also have their own bass, mid and treble controls. There is a remote control that handles the master music volume, master microphone volume, and input selections.
Just about all the bells and whistles needed to create great vocal sounds with power and punch are included, and this amp will raise the level of the performances. Included in the package are two free DM-11PRO wired microphones.
This is a powerful package and at the price is very competitively priced.
2 Mackie PROFX12V2 12-Channel Compact Mixer
Mackie is a very well-known manufacturer of sound equipment and especially mixers. They have a range of mixing desks for all budgets and applications, all of which provide a solid performance level. It was founded in Seattle thirty years ago and has seen mercurial growth to become one of the market leaders in its product ranges.
The ProFXv2 is a powerful twelve channel mixing desk designed to handle live sound and a performance that will sound like a larger format desk. Each channel has a 3-band EQ, and 100Hz low cut filter starts the process of shaping the sound.
Let’s get effected…
There is a built-in digital effects engine that brings a range of effects including a range reverbs, delays, and chorus. And performing with backing tracks is easy as there are USB and other inputs for mp3 player or laptop. To monitor there is a headphone output with level control and if you are using condenser microphones, a 48v phantom power.
Other powerful features include a seven-band graphic equalizer and six low noise preamps. It has four stereo channels plus a stereo return for external devices, balanced XLR and balanced/unbalanced ¼” main outputs.
Built to last…
It is made of tough steel construction that will take some knocks as Mackie gear is known to do.
If you are new to mixing desks just looking at it can be quite scary, but it really is not that difficult to understand once you get the basics. A quality mixer that looks and sounds professional and at a great price.
3 BEHRINGER, 12 XENYX 1202FX
When talking about music, effects, and anything to do with it, you don’t have to wait too long before the Behringer boys turn up. And this is a typical Behringer product. Well-built, good onboard facilities, easy to use, and at a great price. They do it every time!
This is a neat mixer with eight channels that will handle all of your audio. It has four mono, and four stereo channels and one post-fader send and an aux send on each channel.
Echo, echo, echo…
Behringer produces a range of effects pedals for guitars and vocals, and that technology experience has been included in this mixing desk. There is a built-in 24-bit dual engine effects processor with reverb, delay, pitch shifter, chorus and more. In fact, there are over 100 presets.
There are four XENYX mic preamps that are included. These preamps are respected all over the world by studio engineers because of their huge dynamic range. And produce a high-quality performance level for microphones, that are only usually found in kit far more expensive.
Craft the best tone…
It has CD/tape inputs with RCA connections. The balanced ¼” outputs send the resulting mix to your speakers. Each channel has a three-band EQ so you can craft the best tone for every voice.
As a mixer, it has everything you need to create a great sound. As always with these things, there is a short learning curve to undertake if you are unfamiliar with how mixers work. But with the Behringer, that is a simple process.
Well-built, sturdy, but weighing in at just five pounds, this is a great little mixer. Packed with effects and Behringer technology and just great for so many varied operations including as a karaoke mixer. This unit has to be considered as one of the best Karaoke mixers currently available.
4 Behringer Europower PMP1680S
Back with Behringer again, this time with the PMP 168-S, a compact mixer and power amp. This combines 1600 watts of power, usually enough for most mid-size gigs with a ten channel mixer in one unit.
Over the years one problem with electrical equipment in music has been the thermal build-up, or heat they produce. Behringer is at the forefront of developing technology to overcome this problem, and this unit utilizes there Class D technology.
Amazed at the sound quality…
With the Behringer know-how at producing effects for vocals and guitars, you would expect that this unit is loaded with them. You’d be right. Lots of 24-bit effects and presets are included, such as reverb, chorus, flanger, delay, pitch-shifter, echo, and a host of others. Your guests and performers will be amazed at the sound quality of what you can give them.
To give you even more control over the vocals, the PMP 1680S has a powerful set of sound sculpturing options. Individual tones can be adjusted and set using the dual seven-band graphic equalizer. The EQ will also let you control any unwanted feedback through its FBQ Feedback detection system which identifies the frequencies that need adjustment and stops the dreaded feedback ‘howl’ before it happens.
Get rid of that voice…
As an added extra especially for karaoke use there is a voice canceller option that will remove the singer’s voice from a pre-recorded track allowing your performer to sing with just about any song, including the original versions.
As usual, Behringer has come up with a powerful, practical, and sensibly priced unit. It is structurally tough and weighs in at 22 pounds, but then it does have an amp onboard as well. Even so, it is a compact size and easy to transport.
Take it to another level…
Considering what it carries, it is a great buy and a unit that will take your own level of performance and what you can offer your performers and guests to another level.
5 Mackie Mix Series Mix8
Another offering from Mackie but this time on a smaller scale. One of the great things about companies like Mackie is that whilst they arguably don’t make the very best kit around, they do produce reliable, tough machines that do a decent job and at a great price. In the case of mixers, they produce a product for just about every possible scenario. This is one such mixer.
This compact little unit is an eight-channel, six input mixer with two microphone preamps and two additional channels for whatever you’d like to use them for. Maybe you might have a duet, and someone wants to play along with a guitar? This little mixer can handle all of that and produce a good sound. It has two stereo channels and switchable phantom power for condenser microphones.
Record the performance…
It has three-band EQ’s on all channels, and aux sends. And it has an RCA I/O path for recording and separate controls for headphone volumes.
At only two and a half pounds in weight, this little mixer is very portable. And its tough metal compact build makes it easy to carry around whilst able to take a few knocks. Small and light it might be, but it is big on performance.
Great for newbies to mixing…
It is also built with the new user in mind. Controls are simple and easily identified, and the documentation explanatory and easy to follow. If you are thinking of buying your first mixer, but are daunted by some of the larger machines, with more control knobs than Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin needed to land on the moon, then maybe this is the place to start.
At the price, it represents incredible value for a small mixer.
6 Yamaha MG06X 6-Input Compact Stereo Mixer
Yamaha well-known of course in many circles for producing quality equipment, but not what you might refer to as, ‘one of the big boys,’ in the manufacture of mixers. They do have some high-end consoles, but the MG06X is a decent little entry-level machine that has a lot of good things going for it.
The mic preamps are of good quality and produce nice natural-sounding tones. And it has a good range of onboard effects including using Yamaha’s excellent SPX digital multi-effects processor to deliver reverbs and delays. It features six channels and switchable phantom power if you are using condenser microphones.
Get rid of the rumble…
All this, plus a three-band EQ on all mono channels. And it features high pass filters which will allow you to create the sound you require and will assist in reducing unwanted ‘rumbling.’
One effect that is not often found on entry-level mixers is compression. But the MG06X has this on all six channels enabling you to improve any vocal sound by giving it more body and depth.
Built for the road…
It is well made with a metal chassis. And is built to be transported, but being compact and weighing just two pounds, it is easy to take with you.
This is a neat little unit, well made, and with some good effects. It is not what we would call the top of the range, but is an excellent mixer to consider if you are thinking of buying your first machine.
A very attractive option…
It is simple to use and produces basic but with excellent effects for vocals, and being Yamaha is reliable. The FX on the voice is good and is perfect for karaoke use, making it a contender for the best karaoke mixer.
A very cost-effective price make this a very attractive option.
7 Behringer Xenyx X1204USB Premium 12-Input 2/2-Bus Mixer with USB/Audio Interface
Behringer again. However, we are not surprised that there are so many mixers in our review from this German company. They provide a quality product. Don’t overdo the bells and whistles, keeping it simple. And do it all at a very cost-effective price. In every mixer, they try to provide something different, and so is the case with this machine, but more about that later.
This might be a compact mixer in terms of its size, but it packed full of Behringer quality. Great vocal sounds are easy to achieve with this, mainly due to the excellent onboard studio-quality Xenyx preamps.
The British Eq…
These provide the basis of a great vocal sound but are then assisted by what is known as the ‘British’ channel EQ. These are EQ’s that are designed and built to recapture the sound of the legendary mixers that came out of the UK in the 60s and 70s. And add to all this that Behringer has added compressors to provide the ultimate dynamic control of the vocals.
Your performers are in for a treat…
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Behringer desk without the full range of digital effects. It features a 24-bit dual engine multi-FX processor, which has 16 editable presets including reverbs, delays, flanger, pitch shifter, chorus, etc., All these turn this into a pro desk at your fingertips.
We mentioned something different earlier. This mixer has a stereo USB interface that connects straight to your Mac or PC via a single cable. Now anything or anybody you work with can be recorded directly to your hard drive, and then processed or worked on at a later date. Most mixers need an external audio interface. With this it is built-in!
Expensive, you might be thinking, especially for all this facility and effects. Not with Behringer. Always price is a consideration, making great sounds available to as many as possible.
8 Alesis, 4, Four-Channel USB Audio Mixer
This is a four-channel mini mixer that has onboard digital effects and USB connectivity. It has two stereo ¼” outputs and two XLR inputs for your best karaoke microphones. And if you are using condenser mics, it has +48v Phantom power. Plus channel 2 has a switchable instrument input so you can plug in a guitar. Extra ¼” inputs will accept line-level input, and it has high pass filters.
For added sound control it has two-band EQ on all four channels, and color LED metering to monitor performance.
Turn it into a mini-studio…
The USB connection will allow you to record and playback stereo audio from your computer or IOS device. And there is a headphone connection socket for monitoring. Because this little mixer can be used to record and download via its USB, it has Cubase LE recording software included.
It has sixteen DSP effects built-in with separate sends available on each channel.
Easy to use and understand…
It has some nice features and is well laid out and very easy to use and understand. But you are a bit limited as to how many microphones you can use. And the recording operation, whilst quite attractive, is very basic without too many options.
However, it is what it is. A plug and play mixer with just the basic requirements. If this is your first experience of using a mixer with a karaoke machine, it might be an option? But if you are looking at an upgrade or require a mixer with more options, effects, channels, etc., then obviously not. It is small and lightweight, weighing just over two pounds.
And, for its size and capability, it is not particularly cheap. Don’t expect too much from it, and you won’t be disappointed.
9 Nady MM-242 4 Stereo / 8 Mono Channel Mini Mixer
If after plowing through endless reviews of different mixers, what is best? What isn’t? What effects they have? Sometimes not even understanding the abbreviations and what a certain expression means, or what purpose it serves, we sympathize. We were no different when we started out. You just learn as you go on. No shame in that.
But, having decided that you want to try and improve your karaoke system, but aren’t sure firstly whether it will be worth it, secondly how much to spend, and lastly what you need? Maybe you will think about starting your journey into mixers and extra support at the cheapest level.
If so, the Nady mini mixer is one option you have. It has eight mono ¼” inputs each with a volume control and two ¼” outputs with a master volume.
Will take a few knocks…
It’s very small and compact and weighs just one and a half pounds and therefore is easy to carry around with you, but it has sturdy steel construction and is therefore durable and able to take a few knocks.
It has two operational options, stereo, and mono. In stereo inputs A1 to A4 are routed through output A while inputs B1 to B4 are routed to output B. If you prefer to use it in mono mode, then all eight inputs are sent to both outputs. The volume is controlled by the Master. And it is powered either by an AC/DC adapter or by a 9v battery. The battery life is about 35 hours.
A basic little mixer…
It is simple to operate basic little mixer with very limited options, which is why it is such a low price. But being battery powered does mean you can take it and use it anywhere.
As long as you are not expecting too much of this little machine, you won’t be disappointed. Sound quality and performance levels are what you would expect for the money paid.
10 VocoPro DA-1000 Pro Professional 3 Mic Digital Echo Mixer
The DA-1000 is a digital karaoke mixer that can be rack-mounted. And has three microphone inputs each with their own volume controls.
There is digital echo complete with repeat and delay controls on each microphone channel and echo on/off switches on the three mic inputs. And there are master, treble and bass controls for the music being played. This is a good feature allowing you to shape the sound a little to suit the venue and number of people.
There are also Master, bass and treble controls for the Microphone output.
Need a guide…
On Multiplex karaoke tapes and CD’s, there are voice cancel and vocal partner features that allow you to add or delete guide vocals. There are source left and source right level output displays for monitoring the output levels of the performance.
As this is a mixer specifically designed for karaoke, it comes with CD+G and DVD input and output jack sockets. Also included are the brackets for rack mounting.
Rack it up…
Being rack-mountable, you can place it in a rack case, with, for example, your rack-mount amplifier and rack-mount wireless microphone receivers. This can then all be wired up, and you have yourself a full Karaoke set up that can be carried anywhere and set up in no time at all.
Putting on a Karaoke evening at a friends party, a charity event or even in your local bar will never have been so easy. Just wheel in the flight case containing all the equipment, connect up the speakers, and plug it all into the mains. Connect a TV for the visuals and grab a cordless mic and you’ll have the place swinging within a few songs.
It does its job…
Being designed for karaoke, it has all the effects needed and fulfills the need. The price is realistic, and it will provide a decent sound though maybe not as good and powerful as the desks with more effects and options.
As an entry-level karaoke mixer, it does its job.
Best Karaoke Mixers Buyers Guide – So now the Karaoke is getting serious…
When you are knocking out the karaoke sounds, there are a couple of things to be mindful of.
Firstly the volume. If it’s a big venue, have you got enough. If you are working at a Karaoke club, they tend to like it rather on the loud side. At home or in the garden at parties, that obviously isn’t so much of a problem.
Another aspect is the sound of the backing track. Now you only have so much control over that. It’s pre-recorded and will come to you in that state. You cannot start adjusting the volume of the drums or bringing the bass up. Depending on which mixer you choose, you will have an element of control, but not much more than adding a bit of treble or bass. You will be forgiven that, as most people will automatically understand.
Control the vocals…
It is the vocals you have control over. And the vocalist will be standing there right beside you, or at least close enough to give you an earful if something goes wrong. The sound of the performer is what everyone will be concentrating on, so it is vital it is the best it can be. They may be good, or they may sound like someone strangling a cat, but it’s your job to get them to sound their best.
To do that you will need certain things. Control over volumes of the mics, especially if there is more than one singing. Good effects to add delay, reverb, and anything else that will help. And finally, EQ to just control the tone a little bit and maybe cut out any feedback problems.
A few things to consider when buying this mixer…
If it is for the home, then there are a few entry-level machines to get you started. And even if it is for bigger venues, there are some mid-size to smaller machines that will do the job well.
Do you want a built-in power amp? Or maybe you want to download what you are hearing and give it to your performers later? All the options are available in this list of contenders for the best Karaoke mixers.
So, what are the Best Karaoke Mixers?
If we were going to buy a mixer to use with a karaoke machine that can only mean one thing, we’re being serious about it. It’s not for home use or small gatherings in the garden. This will be for the real deal.
That means you want the vocals to sound great. You will want digital effects everywhere, good EQ, and total control over the sound shaping and it needs to operate easily.
You don’t need to spend a fortune to buy real quality, and therefore, we have chosen the…
A quality machine with great effects and superb vocal preamps. And all at a price that is more than cost-effective, for what you are getting.