OTO Bébé Chérie is a new portable analog mixer created for dealing with electronic musicians’ best friends, the mini-jack signals.
The Synthesizer market has literally been flooded with small, portable, inexpensive synthesizers in recent years. And we will see many more. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Many of them share an absurdity, they have mini-jacks as outputs, which can quickly lead to problems in classic setups.
If you want to record or integrate them into live setups with regular-sized gear, you are almost forced to buy various cables and adapters because most mixers use big 6.3mm jacks. The French boutique manufacturer OTO, known for their well-known effect boxes, has now introduced a mixer that focuses specifically on such mini synth setups. Welcome the Bébé Chérie mixer.
OTO Bébé Chérie
Bébé Chérie is a new portable analog mixer with 6 channels. Unlike classic mixers, it comes with 6 stereo channels on mini jacks.
Four of them have variable gain up to +34dB with a built-in asymmetrical soft clipping and a tilt EQ. The other two channels have a Baxandall 2 band EQ and a 0/+10dB selectable input gain.
OTO Machines also have integrated into its colorful mixer a 3:1 ratio one-knob compressor and a bliss enhancer on the master bus. They promise a high sound quality thanks to audiophile film capacitors used in the eq circuitry, low noise, and low distortion op amp on the audio path, and THAT Corporation© VCAs.
On the backside, the terminals are labeled upside down for easy legibility from above. You get here the 6 inputs for your channels which can optionally also work with mono signals.
Next to this, you have a main output and alternative output, giving more options for signal routing. For example, for monitoring the signals. The unit is powered by a 24 volts internal power supply for pro audio dynamic range
Bébé Chérie’s front panel is very easy and classic: you have dedicated controls for each channel, an individually controlled headphone output, and, let’s say, minimal metering for the channel.
At first glance a very cute designed mixer that can be very helpful in setups with mini jack gear. I would have liked it if the device had had two large jack outputs with which you could send the signal to large equipment. As well as an FX send option with which you could also route effects into the channels. Maybe we’ll see a Pro version from Bébé Chérie in the future.
OTO Bébé Chérie will be available for 625€ excl. VAT in the second quarter of 2023
More information here: OTO