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Peavey PV 14 BT 14 Channel Compact Mixer with Bluetooth
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- New rugged, slim, low-profile console design
- Convenient tablet cradle
- 8 combination XLR/1/4 low noise mic preamps
- Selectable Hi Pass Filter on first 8 inputs
- 3-band EQ on all channels
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PV 6 Mixer
Equipped with Peavey's reference-quality mic preamps that spec in at an incredible 0.0007% THD, the PV 6 BT mixer is excellent for live or recording applications.
The PV 6 BT mixer includes 2 channels of reference-quality mic preamps, 2 direct outputs for recording, a stereo input channel, and a dedicated media channel, and Bluetooth wireless input and high quality digital effects. Other features include 48 volt phantom power, dual selectable control room outputs, built-in stereo compressor, an on-board selectable high impedance preamp equalized for guitar, 3-band EQ per channel with bypass, signal/clip indicators, and a stereo master LED meter bridge.
Features such as Bluetooth allow seamless connection to almost any 'smart' device. Direct outs on the mic channels allow easy connection to most DAW interfaces for recording. In addition, the PV 6 BT mixer can stream the stereo mix directly to and from a PC via USB. The USB to Control Room switch allows for direct monitoring when recording with a DAW, such as the included REAPER software. These mixers also feature a tablet cradle to hold a smart device for convenient display and easy operation.
- New rugged, slim, low-profile console design
- Convenient tablet cradle
- 2 combination XLR/1/4" low noise mic preamps
- 3-band EQ on all channels
- 2 channels of Peavey's exclusive MidMorph EQ
- EQ bypass per channel
- LED clip and signal present indication
- 2 Channels of direct out
- Stereo pan control per channel
- Channel 3/4 stereo 1/4" or 3.5mm input channel
- Channel 5/6 stereo 1/4" or RCA input channel
- Dual selectable control room outputs
Pro Features Made Affordable, All in a Heavy-Gauge Steel Chassis.
Multi-use PV Series mixers feature discrete, ultra-low-noise microphone preamps that are essential for live-sound reproduction and studio recording, plus a host of additional features such as effects and monitor sends on each channel, zero-latency record monitoring capability and 48 volts phantom power.
Founded in 1965, Peavey is one of the world's largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment. Peavey has earned over 180 patents and distributes to more than 130 countries. Peavey and its MediaMatrix, Architectural Acoustics, Crest Audio, Composite Acoustics and Trace Elliot brands can be found on concert stages and in airports, stadiums, theme parks and other venues around the world.
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|Item Dimensions||18.7 x 20.47 x 3.54 inches||22 x 14 x 13.75 inches||16.14 x 16.54 x 3.54 inches||3.67 x 12.6 x 21.42 inches|
Introducing the next level in world-class non-powered mixer performance. The all new PV series mixing consoles include Peavey's reference-quality mic preamps that spec in at an incredible 0.0007% THD, making the PV series mixers excellent for live or recording applications. The PV 14 BT includes 8 channels of reference quality mic preamps, 8 direct outputs for recording, a stereo channel, media channel with Bluetooth wireless input, high quality digital effects with LCD display, streaming USB out, MP3 playback via USB A input, Peavey's exclusive Kosmos audio enhancement, 48-volt phantom power, dual selectable control room outputs, 4 channels of compression, one channel of on board selectable guitar preamp, 3-band EQ per channel with bypass, channel mute buttons, aux send, signal clip indicators, and a stereo master LED meter bridge. This amazingly versatile mixer is at home both in the studio as well as live applications. Modern features such as Bluetooth allow seamless connection to almost any "smart" device. 8 direct outs allow easy connection to most DAW interfaces for recording. In addition, the PV 14 BT can stream audio directly to a PC. MP3 playback is also available, just plug a flash drive with MP3 files on it into the USB A port and use the LCD to select and play back music. The PV series Solo feature allows the user to listen to individual channels via headphone or control room outputs, and the EQ bypass allows the user to hear and compare the EQ'd signal to the original signal with the push of a button. 4 channels of compression keep signals with difficult levels under control, and Peavey's exclusive guitar shape adjusts the EQ and preamp specifically for guitar. Hi pass filters on every channel remove unwanted rumble and noise, and balanced AUX and Master outputs ensure a clean noise-free signal to your powered speakers or power amplifier.
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I took the board to an authorized repair center. That was almost ONE YEAR ago. It’s been 11 months, and the board is still in the shop. Peavey (when I can get them to respond) says there is a part on back-order. Funny, they are still making these boards. So they have the part to make new ones to sell to new unsuspecting customers, but can’t fix the ones they’ve already built that are supposedly under warranty.
Do yourself a favor. Don’t buy this board or anything else made by these clowns. I bought a Yamaha board 10 months ago because I needed something while this piece was in the shop. The Yamaha board has better preamps, better onboard effects, better EQ, more options, and...oh yeah...it actually works.
If you want to take your chances with this mixer and this company, don’t say I didn’t warn you. I’m never buying ANYTHING they “manufacture,” if you can call it that.
Update 5/25/19. Well, after escalating with several people at Peavey and contacting the Better Business Bureau, Peavey had the repair center send them the old board and shipped me a brand new one. Ironically, the “EFX Mute” button is stuck in the “on” position on the new board, rendering the built-in effects 100% useless. Since the built-in effects are just OK, I’ll probably just keep this board and run an external effects loop - at least until something else on it stops working, which I assume is inevitable.
The compression was really nice. I ran it at 1/4 throttle and it helped my novice singer feel a little more controlled when it mixed. With a more experienced singer, I would likely turn it off so to not clip their ethos that they are trying to create. I also put a touch of reverb on just the vocal to give a little gravitas and it was barely perceptible when you listened for it but it sold really well. I could do that with my previous setup using a external compressor and the basic effects, but this was so convenient on this board.
No idea on longevity, but all of my Peavey stuff (with the exception of one recent digital amp) has been very honest and workmanlike in its durability. All of my junk except for some Mackie little mixers is Peavey, and it is well matched, durable for weekly gigging, and holding up great. I run my setup about once a week and have been doing so for years. I have 10 cabinets (All PR12s,15s and 10s) and a bunch of amps I can build it out for a big outdoor wedding or keep it a small 4 cabinet setup for a smallish group. All I can say is that this board is a gem and a huge value for what it gives. Honestly though, it is really an 8 channel board with four primary and four secondary channels, plus some other ancillary channels and foof that you use but you could get by without. If you have 9 channels you really need, pop for a bigger board cause at 10 channels, this thing is really done. For me, I have smaller mixers that I can chain together, so I am fine with 8 real channels.
My overall impression as to the quality is good. I haven't noticed any dings or other indications of quality problems. One of my knobs on channel 1, the one for mid knob on the equalizer, does have an almost undiscernable bump at center, but it is just good enough to put up with. The rest of the knobs that have this are right.
I was a little disappointed to discover that apparently the reaper software is just a demo. I also was surprised to find this apparently does not ship with a USB cable, not that I could find anyway. The end that goes in the mixer is just the square type like they have on printers though, and I had a couple laying around.
My microphone is a
Rode NT1A Anniversary Vocal Condenser Microphone Package
I run the USB through a hole I drilled in a kitchen style cabinet that sits above my computer desk, inside which sits a
Intel Desktop/HTPC 6th Generation Intel Dual-Core i3 2.3GHz, 8GB DDR4, 120GB SSD, Wifi, Bluetooth, 4K Capable, Dual Monitor Capable, Windows 10 Professional 64Bit
Note that the NUC linked here is not the seller I bought mine from, but the specs are the same.
Anyway, that keeps the background noise level down somewhat. On to the mixer itself...
PV6-bt has 6 input channels and only one output channel, although you can get that output to come out in multiple places. I use it to mix my mic, an 8th inch patch cable, my PC and maybe bluetooth sources all into one channel which I record into Gold Wave on the NUC. I'm quite pleased with how this is all laid out.
Now for the physical description shall we? Across the back I have near the right end from left to right USB, power button, power plug. I like having a power button. When I'm done using the mixer I press this to power it off and the sound reverts to my USB desktop speakers. This mixer does use a wall adapter - is not powered exclusively by USB. Also on the back is llocated a pairing pin you need in order to connect a bluetooth device to this mixer. It is also supposed to be located in the user manual. I don't know if it is available in the software manual that comes on the cd. But if you can see the back edge of the mixer or have someone who can, it says pin: and has 4 didgits. When you try to pair your phone or what ever to this, you'll have to type that in. Mine is definitely not 0000 or 1234 or anything easy like that. I got help reading it though and I found the connection is reliable and easy to work with. Good Job Peavey.
There are no noteworthy design elements on the left and right sides except lots of screw heads. On the front the only thing we have is, on the right end a quarter inch stereo trs jack for your monitor headphones.
On the underside there are a few stickers listing some things not critical for the use of the mixer, and 4 hefty rubber feet.
Now for the fun part. On the topside we have:
Down the left most column: xlr/trs combo jack, trs quarter inch jack, the left most edge of the tablet dock, guitar input select toggle button, sensitivity knob, eq high knob, eq mid knob, eq low knob, eq bypass toggle button, affect volume knob, pan knob, gain knob.
Eq bypass when depressed causes the eq knobs to be ignored. The affect volume knob lets you assign how much of the global affect you want added into this channel.
The second column is exactly the same save it doesn't have the guitar input select button.
Going down the third column we have: 8th inch (3.5mm) stereo trs line in, one left and one right mono pair of trs quarter inch to create a single stereo input, the tablet doc, sensitivity knob, eq high knob, eq mid knob, eq low knob, no eq bypass toggle button this time, affect gain knob, stereo pan knob, gain knob.
The first and second column are considered channel 1 and channel 2 respectively, The third one is channels 3 and 4 combined, as evidenced by the stereo style of the jacks located there.
The 4th column really starts mixing things up. We have left and right RCA inputs that create a single stereo input, one left and one right mono pair of trs quarter inch to create a single stereo input, the tablet dock, input selector switch, stereo pan knob, gain knob, affect toggle button, affect adjust knob, compressor toggle button and lots of lights.
The input selector switch is a horrizontal 3 position slider, left is I believe RCA, middle is quarter inch, right is Bluetooth. The RCA and quarter inch plugs this refers to are those located directly above this switch which I mentioned. You only get to hear the source you have this switch set to. Thus you don't get to hear your bluetooth if you have the switch set to RCA, nor quarter inch for that matter. When I say get to hear I of course also mean it does not get added into the mix.
The pan and gain knobs here are just what they say, but are noteworthy for being located near the top of the mixer instead of the bottom. They did this to make room for the affect and compressor controls. They consider these two knobs, the switch and the RCA and dual quarter inch plugs to be channels 5/6.
The affect toggle button turns the global affect off completely when it is not depressed. The affect adjust knob located right below and slightly left of that button controls how much of the affect, though not the gain of it, you have. For the gain you use the gain knobs mentioned on channels 1, 2, and 3/4. Luckily, turning those gain knobs all the way down does totally stop the affect according to my limited hearing, so you can leave the global affect on and avoid using it on certain channels if desired. The affect is not available for channels 5/6. The compressor toggle button located just below and to the right of the affect adjust knob will disable the global compressor when it is not depressed. More logically, this button is located just to the left of the global compressor adjust knob not yet mentioned.
The next column, at least as logically as I can think of it anyway (things are pretty scattered around in this area), we have the bluetooth button, the tablet dock, two buttons I don't know what to call but they control what is included in the mix (more on that in a second), a gain knob which controls how loud the USB audio will be in the mix, affect select knob, compressor gain knob, master gain knob.
The bluetooth button is used to toggle the bluetooth presence on and off. I pressed and held this for about 3 seconds and the mixer appeared in the bluetooth settings on my phone. Once paired and I pressed and held this button for 3 seconds or so again, the mixer disappeared, returning my phone's audio output to the internal speaker. Note that the input selector switch mentioned on channels 5/6 which has an option for Bluetooth, must be set to Bluetooth to be able to hear the bluetooth device, even if bluetooth is turned on. For blind users like me, this means if I turn bluetooth on by holding that bluetooth button, but I don't have the switch set to Bluetooth, I won't be able to use my phone since I don't hear the speech. Just something to keep in mind. There is no lag waiting for the phone to wake up or anything if I switch the selector switch away from, then back to Bluetooth. The phone doesn't have any idea whether we can hear it it seems. I played a podcast and moved the switch between bluetooth and the quarter inch inputs just to test that, and it was still playing right along when I put it back to Bluetooth.
With the two toggle buttons, the top one appears to set whether or not the USB audio can be heard on the monitor output, the bottom one seems to set whether you get the USB audio included in the mix. I tend to keep the top one depressed at all times, and I can press the bottom one in to include my computer's sound in the mix, or depress it to remove the computer's sound. When depressed, I still hear the computer's sound in my monitor headphones, but it is about half as loud as when this is depressed. The USB audio gain knob is just what it says, assigns how loud the USB audio will be heard in the mix.
The affect assign knob lets you pick from about 17 different affects. Each affect can be modified using the previously mentioned affect adjust knob located directly to the left. The left one modifies the way the selected affect sounds. This is remembered on every affect. I got the impression several of the affects on the assign knob are the same ones, but you can make them sound different by adjusting them as such with the adjust knob. All of the affects are really just echo affects, you can be in a stadium, in a hall, a room etc. The affects do not have a stereo affect to them, even a stereo input only coming in on one side gets an echo that is dead center. It is nice and potentially handy, but Gold wave can do better if we require a stereo reverb affect, for instance.
Below that affect assign knob is the compressor gain knob. When turned all the way to the right, the compressor is at maximum strength. All the way left pretty much disables the compressor as far as my limited hearing is able to tell, just like the aforementioned toggle button located directly left of this does. The compressor is supposed to detect sounds too loud and internally reduce the master gain to keep the resulting audio from being distortet, clipped or blared. It works in theory, but if you blare your microphone outright this is only going to make the blare quieter, not reduce it at all. It's still a nice touch, and really unexpectedly handy for blind folks. Want to get close to 0 db? Turn the compressor gain knob all the way to the right so it is as obvious as you can get it, then get up close and personal with your microphone and toggle the compressor button while you talk. Adjust one of the gain knobs, master, sensitivity, channel independent gain etc until the sound you hear is pretty much the same with the compressor button depressed as otherwise. Then once you know you have it about as loud as the mixer is comfortable with, you can decide whether you want to stretch out into the headroom a little, and whether you actually want the compressor to function. I like to keep the compressor off, and to have my level a little louder than the compressor wants me to.
The master gain knob adjusts how loud everything on the mixer is. This affects the mixed audio source recorded over USB, through the output jacks mentioned shortly, and the headphone monitor out. I keep this almost all the way up, then turn everything else down, because I found that the USB audio isn't as loud in the mix as everything else otherwise.
The last set of controls and plugs is as follows, from the top, two quarter inch plugs I haven't figured out what they do though I think they output something, perhaps high z output? The tablet dock, a set of 4 RCA plugs I believe all of which are output, a button that I think toggles between the bottom pair of RCA outputs and the top pair of RCA outputs, a knob which I believe controls how loud these outputs are, a raised button for Phantom power select (is global and applies to both channels 1 and 2 as far as I can tell), and the headphone monitor out knob.
The RCA outputs I believe are a remote or local monitor select that lets you choose between the two. Like if you have speakers nearby and speakers way out somewhere else, and they're both plugged into these RCA's, I think, but am not positive, the toggle button below these sets which of those the mixed audio will be sent to. This does not seem to affect the USB audio mix being sent back to the computer nor the headphone monitor out. Speaking of the headphone monitor out, the monitor gain knob I mentioned is located at the bottom of the mixer, just above the quarter inch headphone monitor out that is actually located on the front edge facing forward, making it obvious what this knob is for.
Ok, a less than perfect, but pretty thorough overview of the physical aspects. Essentially I've tried to outline the information I wish I could have had on this bad boy before I took the risk and bought it hoping for the best. Please rate my review so we can hopefully get it to appear near the beginning of the reviews list so it can benefit as many people as possible. Thanks for reading!