Audio interface or Mixer with built-in audio interface?


Currently I have no equipment, but i plan on building up a very basic home studio and home DJing setup. The first thing i want to buy is a set of self powered studio monitors (KRK Rokit RP5's).

I was told I need an audio interface between the computer and the monitors for decent sound quality.

After looking into DJ decks and DJ mixers I have noticed that some of the mixers have a built-in audio interface.

Would it be wise to save money by hitting 2 birds with one stone and just get one of these mixers (have my eye on the Allen & Heath Xone:23C mixer)?

This way i could get my monitors working with good quality for now and in the future when I build my dj setup I will already have the dj mixer, thus saving me money in the long run!

Would I be compromising on the sound quality if I played music like this:

PC -> mixer (with audio interface) -> studio monitors

instead of this:

PC -> audio interface -> mixer -> studio monitors

or this:

PC -> audio interface -> studio monitors


Posted 2015-01-22T12:52:38.777

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I can't answer your question as I don't have direct experience with the mixer you mentioned. However, I had a bad experience using a mixer with a built in audio interface. That doesn't mean they're all bad. If you decide to make music with your audio interface using audio software then I advise you to look into latency times. The cheaper the interface the bigger the latency times. – cworner1 – 2015-01-22T15:24:18.487



The biggest problem with combining your mixer and interface is that most of the cheaper options have sub-par pre-amps, which would definitely affect your quality. I would personally recommend investing in a quality audio interface (a great option would be focusrite) with solid pre-amps, and then later you could invest in a cheaper mixer.

Kyle Christensen

Posted 2015-01-22T12:52:38.777

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If you only want it for DJ'ing then the NI audio 2 DJ is perfect, it's cheap and it sounds good. Then you can have a seperate mixer. In my experience it's better to get individual parts for each job as the units that do more than one thing tend to do a half arsed job of it all.


Posted 2015-01-22T12:52:38.777

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