The BEACN Mix Sound Controller — a basic hardware mixer which provides convenient control over up to four audio inputs/outputs on a connected PC — showed up in August 2021 to critical streamer and podcaster acclaim alongside its slightly bigger, yet far more advanced sibling, the BEACN Mix Create. MMORPG’s Joseph Bradford noted its ease of use and great-feeling controls, though it’s up in the air whether or not the baseline BEACN Mix controller is worth its $149 MSRP when placed so close to the Mix Create (at $199 MSRP). Meanwhile, both controllers compete against the Elgato Stream Deck ($199) in both functionality and price.
But now the tables are turning, thanks to a 33.5% markdown ($99, down from $149) on the BEACN Mix. For the limited time this offer is active, the BEACN Mix is one of the best cost-performing audio mixers you can buy, and it even has a few major design advantages over the Elgato Stream Deck — particularly where accessibility is concerned.
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BEACN’s design features two colorways: Dark Blue and White, and they’re both attractive yet functional thanks to the mixer’s four large (and evidently, quite comfortable) knobs and 5-inch full-color display. These are a departure from the Elgato Stream Deck’s much tinier display, function buttons, and knobs, and that’s possible due to its larger dimensions. Comparing the two side-by-side, the BEACN Mix Sound Controller measures in at 7.4 x 14.3 x 14.2 inches, whereas the Stream Deck is 4.6 x 3.3 x 0.8 inches, and despite the BEACN’s added comfort, that’s worth considering when determining whether your desk has enough space to fit it.
The BEACN Mix is a simple solution for podcasters and streamers who want a solid, high-quality mixer without breaking the bank, though you’ll want to grab it at its current price before the deal ends, though it’s unclear when that’ll be. Drop’s estimated ship date is December 29, 2023.