Anyone who has shopped for a field mixer knows that, more than in many other areas, cheap = crap. Azden’s new FMX-42 field mixer looks to be a pretty good mix of features and value. You get four channels in, two channels out, nice VU meters, battery or wall port and a case to carry it. I also appreciate that it has both a normal XLR output and a stereo mini output for use with lower end cameras. At $750 MSRP ($650 street), it’s a nice alternative to the venerable Shure FP33.