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Mini XLR Mixer
Pocket-sized expansion mixer

Turns 1 mic input into 3 in seconds
Works on anything with an XLR input: DJ Controllers, Combo amps, portable pa, other mixers, installed systems
Passive design needs no batteries or AC power, but signal level is reduced about 6db
Brand name Neutrik XLR & Bourns Pots
1400+ in use by bands, disc jockeys (200+), AV techs, live sound engineers, broadcast techs, churches, etc.
Designed by live sound engineer & Berklee College grad Lonnie Bedell '87
Assembled in the USA

Reviewed by John Young of DJ News

Questions? Visit the FAQ or Text/Email

Mini XLR Mixer
Timeframe: Typically 2-4 in stock for immediate shipment
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"Its Awesome! Greatest present I got from my wife."

- DJ Brandy Molina (Westbury, NY)

"I used this yesterday with my DJ controller at a XMAS TREE LIGHTING , where I needed mics for me, master of ceremony needed one, and I used lavalier's for kids singing Christmas carols, a girl also accapella the national anthem Hooked in to a mic, this small piece made all this possible , coolest and best $99 I've ever spent In my 12 years of mobile gigs and different things!!! Works great and can control the knobs for who needs to be louder or lower, love it."

- DJ Josh Merritt (Atlantic, VA)

"Used it for the first time this weekend and loved it."

- DJ Danny Gee (Colonia, NJ)

"I use the Mini XLR Mixer as a standard feature because most DJ mixers only have 1 mic input. When presenting the Best Man/Maid of Honor to lead the toast, it is more professional if you donít have to run the mic back and forth from the DJ to the Head Table. It also functions very well when I have to run Lapel Mics to an Officiant when conducting a Wedding Ceremony. I also use it when presenting guest speakers at corporate events."

- DJ Hugo Gomez (Daly City, CA)

[ Click here to read my interview with Hugo ]

"Knew on Monday that my gig the coming Saturday required me to provide 3 wireless mics for the ceremony. Ordered the mini XLR mixer, which arrived on Friday. Without playing with it or testing it, I showed up, wired up and connected the unit to my board via an xlr cable then patched in 2 wireless lavs and a wireless handheld.

BRILLIANT. And it simply worked JUST as promised.

The beauty of it was the individual volume controls ON the unit for each mic. Set one master volume on the board then control each mic separately with these knobs. I was able to 'modulate' volumes to compensate for differences in speaking styles and projection as well as individually 'tweak' them when interferences from wind, movement, etc. intermittently occurred.

This is a MUST HAVE in your rig. Glad I got mine before Lonnie figures out they should be priced a LOT higher"

- DJ Bill Clements (Salisbury, NC)

"I was DJing a wedding this past weekend with a family from Nashville. They wanted to play a song for the bride. I had no idea this was happening until a few minutes before and I only had 4 inputs on my sound board. I pulled out the AV lifesaver and was able to accommodate their sound needs. THANK YOU!"

- DJ Jeremy Hersch (El Cajon, CA)

"Thank you and I love the product."

- DJ Joe Peralis/Firedog Entertainment (Chantilly, VA)

"Hi Lonnie, love it. It works perfectly for the purpose I bought it for. It will be a very handy item to have in my gig box. Thanks!"

- DJ Jack Brown (Highland, MI)

"Hello Lonnie, I'm just reaching out to thank you once again for processing my order so quickly a few weeks back. The small mixer has been so user-friendly! It has allowed me to carry much less equipment while still getting results. Thanks so much!"

- Chris Conte (Dobbs Ferry, NY)

"Hi Lonnie, I received the mini-mixer on Saturday, and used it Sunday night at a performance--we had a singer and saxophonist join us onstage, and because I now had your mini-mixer, I was able to hook up their mics to an already full board.

Your mixer worked excellently, and I wanted tell you just how glad I am to have purchased it as soon as I did.

Thank you so much for providing a much-needed product for those of us who perform and encounter real-world situations. And to those who'd ask why not bring a second mixer for such instances...really??? Just have one of these in your utility case and you are good-to-go."

...and then...

"Must tell you your mixer again saved the day (this time a rehearsal Monday night for an upcoming show), I was able to plug in two additional singers who showed up--no one had to share a mic. I am finding out that your mixer is an indispensable tool for a working musician--the bass player asked me to send him the link to your website!"

- Richard Palalay (Scottsdale, AZ)

"Hey Lonnie, I've had a chance to use your mini mixer quite a few times now. It is a GREAT tool to have in the system."

- Joe Dodson (La Crosse, WI)

"Great Mini Mixer, I love it. and it really is a life saver. I play most of my gigs solo, but sometimes my clients request a duo or a trio and the Mini Mixer helps me do this transition smoothly, they just plug in I assign the right levels and there we go, nice and easy, no traumatic changes, I don't even change my set up. And my amp only has one available XLR input."

- Carlos Abanto (Miami, FL)

"We're LOVING it, Lonnie! It's the perfect solution to a problem we were having with a very compact band mix setup we're using. Now everyone sends an XLR to the singer/band leader, he sets the mix for the band, we send one line out to the PA and it always sounds great. Thanks so much for helping us sound so good! And thanks for the followup, too. Best wishes -- Jeff"

- Jeff Hallock (Fresno, CA)

"It works great. I use it with a Fishman SA220 when my daughter sings with me. I can use the mini mixer to run both of our mics into channel one. Keeps me from having to lug, hook up, and plug in my 8 channel mixer. Great product! Thank you"

- Brett Cooley (Lake Charles, LA)

"Killer! I could only run three XLR into my Bose mixer. Now I have five on my one man deal. Into your box goes snare, hi hat and guitar mic and then into the Bose. Direct into the Bose is VOX and kick. Killer! The Mini XLR Mixer made it happen. No extra boxes/racks etc because it is so small. All the best, Lucky"

- Lucky Beall (Lexington, SC)

"I really love the mini mixer as it really helps me when playing at a festival like this where the sound company has limited inputs designated for drums/ toms. I haven't run into a situation where I didn't have one of my toms mic'd for lack of an input since receiving the mini mixer."

- Alan Cole (Laurel, DE)

"Your mini mixer is just what we needed. A perfect mix (pun intended) for us and the Fishman. We mainly play small venues, so your mixer and the Fishman is ideal for my guitar in one channel and two 58 vocal mikes and a 57 on the cajon in the xlr channel. For larger venues, we still use this setup for the mix and monitor and simply run a line out to the board. Works Like charm! Great product that is built like a tank."

- Larry Speight (Dexter, MO)

"Lonnie - the little mixer works fine. I used it last weekend with our PA to add mics for a trio. The amp is battery powered and is my go to sys for weddings on the beach, in the garden, forest etc. but only has 3 xlr ins. So the Lifesaver 3>1 is the perfect addition. I also enjoyed your articles on corp a/v. They totally ring true in my experience."

- Eric Torgerson (Kapaa, HI)

"Hi Lonnie, It is working out well! I am using it to mix the signals from 2 separate micíd guitar cabinets to a single FOH feed. Great idea and great product! Thanks, Steve"

- Steve Clay (Camp Hill, PA)

"Quite nicely actually-running all of our drummers toms thru it---I have a presonus 16.4.2 and always seem to need 17 channels-the mixer fills the void. Thanks"

- Greg Percy (Monona, WI)

"Using the unit for my drums, running the 3 closest in tone thru it, to one channel on the board, works great!"

- Sean Cortimilia (Berea, OH)

AV & Live Sound Companies
"Thanks, Lonnie. I love the first one I bought. The new one is for a customer install. You make great products."

- John Fullerton (Villas, NJ)

"Awesome! Had a sitch where i ran out of channels due to the 'oh by the ways' of a client and the mixer saved the day! Thanks again!"

- Jeff Hamilton/Hamtone Audio (Milwaukee, WI)

"You can buy a used mixer for the same money, but it won't fit in your pocket or in your soundman's 'Oh Shit' kit. This little guy is worth it."

- Vaughn Coomer / Rainbow Audio Visual (Dallas, TX)

"just used sat for a neil diamond tribute act, its working great , I used it for drums , toms ! frees up my Mackie dl 1608 making it a 18 channel ! love it, recommended to my sound guy /staff. thanx !"

- Mike Festa/Pro Sound Rentals (East Meadow, NY)

"Hello Lonnie, the little mixers are working out great. When I do small gigs and and don't have to use my large mixers, these little mixers allow me to use more channels on the main mixer for instruments and if I need mics for a vocal ensemble it helps to use only a couple channels in the main mixer. Pretty cool. Thank you so much and you have other products that I might be purchasing in the future. Take Care Don "

- Don Hicks (Bakersfield, CA)

"Thanks for the follow up. I've used it once, and it worked great. Definitely comes to every gig w me in my mic case, for the next time I have a drummer that insists on having each of his 6 toms mic'd. Good work!"

- Ryan Leonardo/Davinci Sound & Vision (Fairfax, VA)

"Working great! We had a big concert last week and it saved me from having to use my Mackie board. Great job!. "

- Mike Jackson/Creative Audio Productions (Mooresville, NC)

"I like using 2 or 3 mics on congas into 1 channel, eq-ing 2 or 3 mics together as one instrument. When pinched for inputs, the mini mixer really is a lifesaver. I should have 2 of these things."

- Jeanne York (Redway, CA)

...and many others
"Saved an open mic with it! The host ran out of mic inputs, I pulled out my microphones, stand and the mini mixer....problem solved! Also used it extensively for band practice when all we had was a 4 channel mixer. It gave me the extra channnels we needed. I WILL NEVER be caught without it in my gig bag!"

- Robert Congdon (Cheektowaga, NY)

"Lonnie, thanks for the check-in. Working as advertised and as expected. Really a nice add to my rig. Have even tried subgrouping vocalists to run the summed channel through a harmonizer/ processor, with some good (and interesting) results! Kudos!"

- Steve Hanson (Brentwood, CA)

"Hi Lonnie, Itís fine. A great little mixer!"

- Neil

"I use the mini mixer on a regular basis. I use Shure Wireless mics. I run the wireless receivers into the mixer, and then send a single feed into my PA for my vocals. This works quite well. I am quite pleased with your product. "

- Craig Seavey (Miami, FL)

"Awesome. Saved my ass in two gigs already. Great product."

- Mark Lehi Jones (Atlanta, GA)

"It's working fantastic! Thinking about getting another one! Keep up the good work."

- Lamar Clark (Belton, MO)

"Lonnie..IT sounds fantastic! Thank you very much for making it!!! Very beautiful to look at it too."

- Pawel Wdowczak (W.Hollywood, CA)

"Hi, Lonnie! Sorry it took me a while to get back to you! The mixer is working out great! I'm using it for recording my guitar amps. I have 3 mics set up, and I'm using the mixer to blend them before I run them through the mic pre. This way I can do everything without leaving my chair :) Thank you!"

- Alexander Knutsen (Saugus, MA)

"Thanks for checking Ė it works great, glad to have it! Working flawlessly. Thanks again, Blessings always, Rick"

- Rick Jackson (Vancouver, WA)

"Working great, just as I hoped it would. I use it to run the mics at our churches Easter Musical as well as other events, I have to run the music CD for the choir from the front of the church by the director, I had no way of adjusting the individual mics used for soloist as the mixer is in the back of church and I am a one man crew. So I came across your little mixer, I plug it into one of the mic lines and run the 3 soloist mics into it and like magic I can now control and adjust the soloist mics from the front of church. I tried a couple of other inline volume controls previously and they sent so much static through the PA when you used them to adjust the volume, there was no way they could be used. Yours works perfect and is dead silent, I could actually use one with 5 or 6 mic lines in it, lol. I am a very satisfied customer and your little mixer worked great for me. Jim "

- Jim Wintz (Batesville, IN)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How does it work without power?
A: It's based on the same design as an XLR Audio Pad, except it lets you Continuously Vary the attenuation of the pad, and in doing so the level of the signal.

Q: Must the Signal be XLR Balanced?
A: YES! All sources must have balanced XLR outs, such as from a mic or direct box. There is simply no way to use a cable to convert from 2 conductor 1/4" to 3 pin XLR on the other end & have it magically become balanced. This is what a direct box does.

A T/R/S to XLR Cable SHOULD work ASSUMING the output is actually T/R/S, but sadly most are not. In deference to the odds I don't recommend it.

Balanced sources must have 3 connections at BOTH ends: in phase, out of phase & ground. Here's an article explaining balanced audio

Q: How can I minimize signal loss?
A: By starting with all knobs up full & turning down only what you want less of. You can't overload this mixer.

It's not an issue unless what you're plugging it into has very little gain built into the design or is outrageously noisy, in which case the noise would become more noticeable (The Mini XLR Mixer itself can't create any noise).

Q: When will it ship out?
A: If before the USPS pickup time, which varies widely, it will likely go out the same day. Otherwise, it will ship out the next day.

Q: How long will it take to get to me?
A: USPS Priority Mail(tm) take 2-3 days depending on zip code & Saturday does count as a day.

Q: What about Phantom Power?
A: It passes through slightly reduced phantom power from House Sound Systems, Powered Speakers, or other mixers. The vast majority of condensor mics don't need the full 48 volts unless it's specifically designated as P48. Actual voltage varies depending on the current draw of the mics involved. Since the mixer itself doesn't require power, it can't provide it in & of itself.

Q: Can I use line level signals?
A: Yes. Mic or line level. You get out what you put in.

Q: How do I control the overall level of the mix?
A: Use the level control on what you're plugging it into (mixer, combo amp, powered speaker, etc.) Control the overall equalization with the EQ on that device as well.

Q: Do you use brand name parts?
A: Yes. All XLR are Neutrik, potentiometers are Bourns & cases are Hammond.

Q: How big is it?
A: It measures 4 5/8" Long x 3 3/8" Wide (w/ knobs) x 1 5/8" High. About the size of a guitar pedal. Weight approx 10 oz.

Q: Do you ship internationally?
A: Yes, except I will not ship to China or territories due to the rampant copying of products. Drop me an email for pricing. There are multiple options & paypal cannot calculate it. When you're ready to order I send you a paypal invoice, which you can pay any way you choose.

FYI: Besides shipping, your country (Not Me) will likely also charge you an import duty.

Just something to factor in.

Q: Can I have it overnighted?
A: Yes, just email me first to make sure I can do it first, because I do some traveling. USPS is easy if there is already a pickup for today (they don't do same day pickups). UPS raised their price big time this year, and add additional fees to pickup. So UPS won't be cheap.

Q: How do I Pay?
A: Paypal handles all orders by credit or debit card, and you DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MEMBER to use it. Having problems with the button? Click Here for help.

Q: Where are the products made?
A: Everything is assembled in the USA. Most of the electronic parts come from Southeast Asia, as sadly there are few if any US manufacturers any more. I make every attempt to source US wherever possible, but suppliers refuse to allow me to give a preference. The cases are made by Hammond in Taiwan and machined in-house. Neutrik XLR connectors are listed in their website as being made in Liechtenstein.

Nothing from AVLifesavers will EVER be assembled in China!

About the Owner
photo of Lonnie Bedell of AVlifesavers.com My name is Lonnie Bedell, and I'm the guy behind AVLifesavers. Unlike big companies, I've been doing actual live sound work since 1995, and live recordings since 1985. [ View my Linked-In Profile ]
I started AVLifesavers to solve real world audio problems that weren't being addressed by larger manufacturers. By listening to users who experience these problems first hand, and combining it with my own 30+ years of hands-on audio experience, I can come up with solutions to problems the big companies don't even know exist.

All products are assembled right here in the USA. Living Wages to American workers is and will always be part of the fabric here, despite the temptations.

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