January 6, 2008

DIY Mixer Tasties...

by Chris Randall

It seems like the entire music industry is asleep this week. It may have to do with the Nielson numbers coming out, showing a 15% drop in retail music sales in 2007. (Note to Interscope: everyone interested had already downloaded Soulja Boy's track before you signed him. Just sayin'...) So it falls to me to go trolling for fun things. In that light...

Papareil Synth Labs is the source of much goodness in the DIY world, albeit en fracais. I stop by his site every month or so to see what new utterly amazing DIY project he has pulled off. To the best of my knowledge, none top his scratch-built discreet 8 channel mixer. I won't go on about all the features, because you should just go read his site, but fully tranny balanced input with API312 cloned mic pres, an SSL 4K 2-buss comp, aux send, and full MIDI automation, all in a 3U box. This is an incredibly nice project, and one of the finer DIY projects you're gonna find anywhere. It doesn't get mentioned much because synth-heads are generally stupid about mixers, as I've mentioned many times.

If you're not familiar with his site, there are a bunch of other really nice projects, and he sells PCBs for some of them. Have a browse around.



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Jan.06.2008 @ 3:06 PM
Looks like a Christmas tree. A beautiful Christmas tree.

Jan.06.2008 @ 3:56 PM
How about a list of good off the shelf mixers for those not inclined to solder?

Jan.06.2008 @ 4:15 PM
Chris Randall
Go to Mercenary's web site, and select "Mixers & Summing Boxes" in the "Gear By Type" list. It'll save me the trouble of typing.



Jan.06.2008 @ 5:53 PM
I want it.

Jan.06.2008 @ 6:32 PM
I'd do her!

Jan.07.2008 @ 1:25 AM
Holy shit that looks awesome.

A vintage keyboard & tube amp nut friend of mine is determined to build an all-tube 8-12 channel mixer for himself. I was suggesting that he'd just use tubes in the master buss amp because it would probably sound nicer and wouldn't chomp energy (and produce heat) like a SUV. I guess he's still planning to do it, though...


Jan.07.2008 @ 4:39 AM
this is a truely work of beauty.. the added total midi recall is a magnificent tought too!

Jan.07.2008 @ 3:56 PM
Another nice one dude!
It reminds me UA 8110 which a very nice peace of gear also.
I hope this one has also direct outs. As just like a summing mixer, i won't take my soldering iron out of the drawer.

Jan.07.2008 @ 7:09 PM
I'd love to build that but I can't find the plans on his site. Did I miss something?

Jan.07.2008 @ 7:35 PM
yeah... there is NOTHING for building them at all. *boo *hiss *boo *hiss

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