Keith McMillen has announced the K-Mix BLUE Edition. The unique performance mixer, controller and audio interface is now dark blue. But it’s more than a facelift: The K-Mix BLUE has also received upgraded low-noise preamps and a full Ableton Live 11 control surface integration.
Keith McMillen K-Mix BLUE
The Keith McMillen K-Mix was first introduced in 2016. Designed as a performance mixer for live and studio use, the K-Mix combines a digital mixer, USB audio interface and control surface in one device. With the unique opto-tactile controls that Keith McMillen devices are known for, it’s an all-in-one control center that can be used as a stand-alone mixer or with a computer.
Five years after the first K-Mix, the upgraded K-Mix BLUE sports a very nice-looking dark blue finish, which goes well with the colorful controls. The manufacturer says that the ABS-Polycarbonate enclosure is now extra durable.
Two of the eight balanced inputs at the back feature XLR/TRS combo jacks and the new ultra low-noise µPre preamps. In addition to eight balanced 1/4” outputs, the K-Mix has a headphone mini jack on the front side. There’s a Micro USB port that powers the unit and exchanges audio and MIDI data with a computer. The second USB port is for the optional expander, which provides MIDI In/Out and allows you to connect external MIDI controllers.
In terms of control, you get eight channel faders made of that weird tactile material that makes Keith McMillen devices so unique. The K-Mix also has four 360° rotary controls and a complete assortment of buttons to control your DAW. You can use it as a DAW controller and 8in/10out audio interface, or as a stand-alone digital mixer with its own DSP for EQ, compression, gate and reverb.
Speaking of DAW control, one of the new features of the K-Mix BLUE is a full control surface integration for Ableton Live 11. Assuming that users of the K-Mix are quite likely to use Ableton as their main DAW, that’s great news!
Price and availability
The K-Mix BLUE is now available for USD 599.