Fully balanced Solid State Discrete summing network. The components are tested and selected. (Vishay Dale resistors) Good quality components result the correct and low noise operation. The summing network PCB is own development, and absolutly hand made. The front/rear panel design based on unique idea. Future order: Unique ideas, plans like: channel number, design(your name or studio name) connections (DB25, TRS etc.) please contact me, to make the most appropriate gear for your studio! (build time 5-10 working days) Please click to order page.
Lawo DV972: FULLY DISCRETE ALL STYLE PURPOSES, TRANSPARENT, CLEAN, SUBHARMONIC ENHANCE HAUFE in/PIKATRON out X-FORMERS
1. HEADROOM - always perform in the Passive summing network.
"Gain staging is like pulling the focus of a camera lens" You can achieve this by entering in the summing unit by/with hotter levels" (from your DAW interface or synth, drum machine etc.) Need to find/hit the right high/hot gain for all your instruments/tracks sent to summing box- individually, hit the "gentle distortion" point, where the subtle distortion starts gently and it's about right. It basically impossible to do that ITB [In-The-Box] over 0dB starts to distort during gain staging, simply the digital bounce not allow to send hot (high gain)
2. SEPARATION - Panorama - always perform in the Passive summing network.
Find for all your instruments the right places in to the stereo field, the right locations where they sit better in to the whole mix. Don't forget - your instruments are mixed in the analog domain as sinusoidal voltages!
3. MAKEUP GAIN - Gain staging - Drive the amp!
Make up gain "crank it up" - make up gain by your mic pres or internal summing amp, and hit the sweet spot of master mix, then print/record.
It's important to find the sweet-spot when the level and subtle distortion is just about right, depending on the song and production. ITB has no sweet-spot and there's really no reward running the levels a bit too hot, on the contrary is even makes the mix sound worse.
US customer review
I was used to mixing in the box, and I knew my way around it. You always need to make more room. I realized I wasn’t doing that anymore, and was not needing many of the tricks I used to do to get closer to what I was hearing in my mind, so I wanted to learn how much headroom I got. I fed my converters with the hottest signal in the center of the panorama and started automating the faders around it. Soon enough, the magic happened: the summing box started purring like a happy big cat and I knew that was the sound I always struggled to reach, the famous and legendary “warmth and openness of analog” I so many times read about. "The analog sweetspot".
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