August 26, 2005

Summing mixer for electronic musicians...

by Chris Randall

I've been in the market for a summing mixer for a while, since I ditched my console. (For the record, the Soundcraft Digital328 is the biggest pile of shit ever to grace the pro-audio section at Guitar Center. Don't say I didn't warn you.) A few months ago, Vince Poulos, the main man behind Speck Electronics, announced on Gearslutz that he was going to be releasing a summing mixer. He put up an initial front-panel mock-up, and opened the field for comments.

The cool thing is that he actually implimented some of the comments (including one of mine, it seems.) Today, he announced that the Speck X.Sum is now available from the various places that sell Speck stuff. It is $1495, and is, I must say, the _perfect_ summing mixer for electronic-based musicians. It is basically a 32x4 mixer, split up in to 16 pairs. Each stereo channel can be assigned to either a Mix A or Mix B output. In simpler terms, you can take 16 outputs of your DAW and sum them to Mix A, and you still have 8 stereo inputs left as a super high-quality keyboard submixer, bussed to Mix B which would go back to the DAW.

This is such a perfect solution to my ills I almost peed myself. It is a bit expensive, but has moved right to the top of the "Must Get Now" list of shit I'll aquire when I'm rich and famous. You can read all about it here.




Aug.29.2005 @ 9:03 AM
Is this 14 times better than the Behringer version?

Aug.29.2005 @ 9:10 AM
Chris Randall
It is 140 times better than the Behringer version, which has shitty low-grade op-amps. This is as high-quality as a simple line mixer can be, hand-made in the US, rather than robot-made in China.

In the audio world, you almost always get what you pay for.





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