Summing Mixer Customer Feedback - Review
“I’m pretty intimate with my outboard gear and my setup allows me to utilize them efficiently to color a track in accordance to what it might need.” Indeed so. The artistry of Niko Schauble of Pughouse and his collection of vintage outboard EQs, compressors and preamps was exactly what I needed. I figured since I had already put in this much work, Niko’s warm boxes would be icing. The exported tracks from Singapore were imported into a ProTools station. Some of the reverbs were replaced with Sony Oxfords and Lexicon Native. Niko’s suggestion of using Sound Toy’s Echoboy turned out to be what some of my vocals needed for that slight touch of glimmer in the mix. The signal path went from the playback machine (ProTools) through an Apogee Symphony, into a Neumann Vintage Maker Summing Mixer and then out to a second system via an Apogee Duet (which essentially has the same converters as the Symphony) and was recaptured at 24 bit 96 kHz. This process was recommended by Joel and accommodated by Niko who actually went out and bought another Apogee module for my session! On the heavier tracks, we also ran through a pair of Neve 51 channel strips post summing mixer and the cleaner tracks were run through the Earthworks 1024. On the whole, I was pretty ecstatic about how the mixes turned out, punchy on the tracks that needed to be and shimmery on the cleaner acoustic ones. I have always been reticent to use descriptions like “wide” and “deep” but what can I say? The Vintagemaker made my mixes sound “wider” and “deeper” and dare I say, there was a certain “sweetness” that in-the-box mixing does not give you. So the colors available though analog summing did shine through in the end (although mine was more of a hybrid mixing process) and if you’ve spent substantial time and effort tweaking your mixes as I have, it might behoove you to visit a studio like Pughouse for what I’d like to call “post-processing” before your down mix.”
Neumann Summing Mixer / Passive Summing mixer / Neumann summing amp
VintageMaker is a piece of gear of my entire process.
I generally work in studio with Neve and SSL, with master sound Engineer like Gatica etc.
Paul is the owner of VintageMaker –
and one of the most passionate people we have ever done business with inside the small pro audio world.
Paul has an extensive knowledge of gear and has been making custom summing mixers to order for years. Paul offers options and customization that no other company (to our knowledge) offers. Not to mention the VintageMaker summing mixers can be made with both active and passive circuitry along with other flexible options which makes these summing mixers a no brain for any producer or audio engineer.
The VintageMaker products offer a very clean, 3d and transparent sound. The units are handcrafted with extreme care and are laser engraved. Overall, the VintageMaker units are damn classy looking units! These units do not just look pretty though, the sound dynamite! Separation, clarity, width, and so much more. What’s not to love when it comes to taking an ITB mix and turning into that open and pristine analog console sound!
The summing mixer sounds really really good!
Lots better than my analog board! Thanks!
You did a great work!!
- 3U Standard Rack
- Neumann v475-2B NOS
- 24in by DB25=12 Stereo CH
- 2xStereo out by XLR balanced as: OUT1/ and / OUT2
- 4xStereo to mono CH1-CH4 = 8 mono by switch on master sum bus
- Active/Passive2in1 by front panel switch
- Master Send/Return by front panel switch
- 12xstereo Insert/Return = 12x send/Return by front panel switch
- 12xstereo Insert/Return by 3xDB25 send – 3xDB25return
- Group ABCD / OR Master sum select switch
- ABCD subgroup send out by 4xvol ctrl via TRS balanced
- ABCD Send return by TRS balanced
- 12×4=48 stereo routing switch A/or/B/or/C/or/D
- 2×21 Step precision Neumann master gain potentiometer
Hey Paul, after some testing and comparing to the Shadow Hills and Rupert Neve,
Incredible value for money.
I guess it’s not worth posting mixes as you change your workflow when you get a summing mixer.
I did shootout the VintageMaker with the Burl bomber, the Dangerous 2 BUS, the Shadow Hills Equinox
and ended up keeping the VintageMaker.
Matt Palfreman UK
Having had my Neumann Summing Mixer for about a week now.
I have to say I’m absolutely blown away by it. It’s quickly becoming the most valuable asset to my studio.
The sound of all the music that I grew up loving always just seemed out of reach. Mixing entirely ‘in the box’ left my mixes sounding very up front and lacking space to breathe. The summing mixer has added such a richness and depth to my mixes and has given them that analog flare that I longed for.
This is by far the best value for money piece of equipment I own, I can’t recommend it highly enough. Buy it now!”
Harald Værnor – Norway
I am very happy the Neumann so far
it adds some tonal qualities that takes me back to my days working with larger consoles. The mono switch option is fantastic. Still experimenting and learning how to get the best out of it I guess, it´s still my first mix using it.
Thanks again for great support.
I heard the Neumann Vintage Maker in my room on my system compared to a Dangerous LT and a Shadow Hills Equinox.
The sound card was an Antelope Orion. Granted I was applying these summing boxes to a hybrid mix (mixed through a pair of Pultecs and BAE 10dcs) so these were not summed from the beginning. Regardless the differences were more than obvious. The Dangerous was larger sounding than the Equinox but the equinox was classier sounding. The Lt sounded like a REALLY big ITB mix which could be appealing for some styles. The equinox had nice low end mojo happening and over all but couldn’t touch the sheer size of the Dangerous to me.
The Vintage Maker had more width and a super classy 3d vibe to it that neither had.
The VM was the clear winner in my book.
I have just bought a forty channel neumann summing mixer from vintage maker and…it’s amazing!!!!
Neumann v475 Summing Mixer 32×4 with insert
Absolutely over the moon with my Lawo Summing mixer from Paul.
Resolution and stereo image: first thing I’ve noticed was that mix is “glued together”.
Hi there, after reading through and through the forums I decided to get a summing-box of Paul.
This thing is like a pillow for your mixes!
Nice and wide, all the depth I’m looking for, and it has an FX send/Return which