Hi. I am looking for a recommendation for a mini 4 channel (4 xlr inputs), pre-amp mixer to mic drum kit (4 mic) for practice, play along tracks, etc. Should be able to input from iPhone or iPad (1/8" connector) for sound source. I am also looking for a good companion computer interface to go along with the mixing board in the event I wish to record direct to computer (Apple) via Firewire. I was looking at a Mackie 402VLZ3 on Amazon with a Onyx 820i firewire, but it appears this Mackie might not have enough pre-amped channels.
In the past I have used an 8 channel interface (Saphire Pro), which was great for a lot of mics from drums direct to computer via interface with a lot of post-production, but I have decided to simplify mic'ing with 4 mics directly to pre-amp mixing board and if I do some recording, utilize a small interface to computer with minimal or no post production. I am not looking for any EQ'ing or compression, just a clean sound. Most of the time I will use mixer with output directly from mixer to Metrophone Studio Kans headphones for rehearsal purposes.
I'd like to keep the mixer and interface compact and affordable (less than $150 per unit-cheaper if available).
Thanks in advance for your input. My humble apologies if this is in the wrong discussion category.