Analog Summing Mixer and Monitor Controller with Front Side Connections

This summing mixer with front panel connectors was built to the customer’s individual request.

‘I don’t know if it’s an option, but i was thinking for my setup it would be great if it’s possible to build the LittleOne 8×2 into a 19″ rack version and bring the inputs (TRS) and outputs (TRS) to the front (so I don’t have to patch it up).’

Feel free to ask for customization as you need!

I can say that the addition of front panel connectors to a passive summing mixer can be a great convenience for the user.

It eliminates the need for patching, making it easier to connect and disconnect audio sources. However, it is important to ensure that the placement of these connectors does not negatively impact the audio signal path

The quality of the components used and the design of the summing circuitry are still crucial factors in determining the audio quality of the mixer. It is also important to keep in mind that custom-built equipment may come with a higher price tag, but can provide unique features and functionality tailored to the user’s specific needs. 

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  1. Robert Nielsen says:

    Hey Paul! Great news! I did it! I managed to achieve that beautiful “gentle analog distortion” you were talking about, and it sounds amazing!

    The secret, as you suggested, was all in the gain staging. It was so simple – all I had to do was boost up the DAW output level (master fader) and send a higher volume to the inputs.

    The result is fantastic – the summing mixer inputs are being pushed beyond their nominal level, and the result is some truly awesome distortion. I’m so excited to keep experimenting with this technique, and I just wanted to say thank you for the awesome advice. You rock!

    All the best,
    Robert Nielsen

  2. Paul Taylor says:

    Great job, Robert! I’m so glad to hear that you were able to achieve that gentle analog distortion you were after. Gain staging is definitely a crucial factor in getting the most out of your summing mixer, and it sounds like you’ve got the hang of it. It’s amazing how a simple adjustment in volume can make such a big difference in the sound of your recordings. I’m thrilled that my advice was helpful to you, and I can’t wait to hear the amazing music you’ll create with your new and improved sound. Keep up the great work!

  3. Eddie Menzel Jones says:

    It’s amazing to see that passive summing box fulfilled my individual request for a summing mixer with front panel connectors!
    The LittleOne 8×2 was the perfect addition to my setup and having it built into a 19″ rack version with inputs and outputs brought to the front is just the icing on the cake. It’s so convenient to use and has made my mixing process so much smoother. Thank you, Paul, for making my dream setup a reality!

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