Easy to use and versatile, the set comes with everything you need to start baking; 2 stainless steel mixing bowls, a pouring shield, a wire whisk, a dough hook and a flat beater. You can achieve even more with this appliance by using the attachment hub and optional extras, the Artisan can be transformed into a pasta maker, a mince grinder or a vegetable spiralizer.
The sturdy, powerful Seville Bakery Boss makes light work of even heavy dough. The set comes with 2 bowls (1 glass and 1 stainless steel), a dough hook, flat beater, whisk and scraper beater and there is a bowl light, a splash guard and a pouring shield to avoid spillages.
A useful feature for tidying up is that the cord can be stored away inside the mixer body and there are handles so you can easily move the unit around. The Kenwood Chef XL is an affordable, large capacity (6.7L) mixer that looks great but doesn’t dominate the kitchen.
The electric mixer is versatile, it comes with a K beater, wire whisk, dough hook and a splash guard. The accessories are easy to switch and the mixer can be converted into a range of other appliances with attachments such as a spiralizer and blender.
The 4.8L stainless steel bowl has a convenient handle and a handy pouring shield to keep things smart and clean in your kitchen. The set includes a wire whisk, a flat beater and a dough hook and there is a front port that can fit an assortment of accessories.
These should be enough to fulfil most of your needs, including making cake mix, cookie dough or whipping cream. The slow start feature is great as it prevents the ingredients flying out of the mixing bowl when you first turn the mixer on.
Countdown timer Pause or folding function Splash guard Light Additional mixing bowls Here, I run through the popular kitchen stand mixers available in Australia, and the pros and cons of each.
Included: flat beater, stainless steel wire whisk, dough hook and pouring shield Pros Conclusion As the highest rated stand mixer on Australia’s Product Review website, if you’re a serious home cook this really is an attractive option.
With a 5-year warranty, sturdy construction, and rave reviews, it seems the higher price tag is justified. This is another serious contender for home cooks that want something a bit special in a stand mixer.
Available attachments: food grinder, and pasta maker I think the Meg has the edge when it comes to looks, while the Kitchen is more popular and boasts more positive reviews.
Included: double scraper beater, whisk, dough hook and pouring shield I’ll update this post once I’ve made my decision.
PARTY DRINKS People are always looking for the best audio mixers on the market, in order to achieve the best sound possible.
Moving the sliders, turning the knobs, pushing the buttons, and connecting it all up together, makes you feel like a pro. This is a portable live mixer that you can use whether you are a musician, a sound engineer, or a producer.
All the usual ones are included and the quality is more than acceptable considering the price of the unit. Use the recordings to analyze your performance or even get them mixed and mastered and release your own live CD.
To get you going on your recording adventure, you can use the supplied Traction 3 Music Production Software. It’s not as good as the higher end programs but is great to get you started.
Allen & Heath Zed desks are renowned for their great design and fantastic sound. This allows you to input high impedance instruments such as guitars.
Featuring the same EQs as on some companies more expensive models, the ZEDi-10FX should give you the sonic performance you’ve always wanted. The Yamaha EMX5014C is easy to operate and allows for a fast setup.
But it’s not only a mixer with EQ and digital effects, it’s also a power amplifier. Giving you all the tools that you need not only to mixing but also amplify your music.
It sounds great, as you would expect from a Yamaha mixer. The built-in Six effects also sound good, allowing you to shape your audio in any way you like.
So, if you're thinking of putting a lot of mics on your drum kit, this could be the mixer for you. It’s very useful if you are a band who does mix themselves from the stage, but not really an advantage if you have a dedicated sound engineer.
The iPad functionality enables the manufacturer to keep the hardware to a minimal. Even though it is very compact, the model generally feels sturdy and nicely put together.
You can also connect the model to a wireless router for ease of access. The Studio 24.4.2 has uncompromised signal processing capability ideal for use in any creative music production environment.
If budget isn’t a concern, and you plan on using your mixer to record more than mix live sound, it’s a great choice. If budget is, however, more of a concern and you only want a live mixer, then stick with the more basic options.
These could include using it for churches, schools, bands, carnivals and small audiences of up to 100 people. It comes with built-in Bluetooth technology allowing it to easily connect to various devices for ease of control and for recording.
This is easily one of the best mixers in its price range and is highly recommended. The Direct Out Gain Stabilizer is another important feature.
This prevents the manual gain control changes from affecting the direct out levels. This is useful when recording from direct outs or if two consoles are sharing the same stage box.
Yet another mixer from Mackie, The 1604VLZ4 features 16 Onyx preamps with the companies excellent high-headroom and low-noise design. All the 16 channels, not only feature an Onyx microphone preamplifier, but also a line input and insert in a compact 4-bus design.
It is a band-friendly analog mixer that can be used in a number of applications especially professional broadcast and post-production facilities. The revolutionary Behring er X18 is a powerhouse 18 input/12 bus digital desktop mixer.
It is ideally suited for both live and studio applications, thanks to its 16 award-winning MIDAS-designed mic preamps. Also, worth mentioning is the convenient integrated Wi-Fi module for wireless control, and its lightning-fast, bi-directional USB Audio Interface.
This gives you the freedom to move around while manipulating any or all the parameters of your mix with the free iOS and PC apps. Letting you dial in the perfect sound you want, from anywhere in the venue, or the tracking room.
The Prof series v2 sounds better than ever and still supplies convenient, easy to use features at every knob, fader, input and output. The ProFX12v2 features six extremely low-noise Mackie Vita mic preamps, specially designed to add life to any input.
Providing 16 great-sounding effects including reverb, delays and choruses. It is easy to integrate with any Mac or PC to provide no-hassle USB Recording and Playback.
The built-in USB interface also allows recorded music to be played between sets. To get you started it even includes the user-friendly Traction recording software bundled with the mixer.
It’s great for live recording and also perfect for home studios as well as many other applications where a quality small mixer is needed. You would be amazed at how good a sound, you can get from a decent drum kit, with only four quality mics.
The Hi-hats and cymbals will be caught by the overheads so you don’t need to spot mics on them until you hit the big leagues. Just in case a drunken harmonica player wants to join you for a jam one evening.
To be honest, unless you’re doing higher level mixing work, with a dedicated sound engineer changing sounds during your songs, you’re not going to need a lot more than some nice reverb and a few delays. It’s obviously great to have more options if you're using your mixer for recording, but for live use, that really is all you’ll need 95% of the time.
If portability is a big issue for you, go for the smaller options, if not choose whichever mixer best suits your needs. Again, if you intend using your mixer to record onto a computer, consider the options.
If you only need it to mix live sounds, then go for some cheaper options. This review includes a number of the best models that are currently available on the market.