Potential project (Shadow Mixer) Aug 21, 2018 16:49:16 GMT -6
Post by shadowamd on Aug 21, 2018 16:49:16 GMT -6
This is just a pipe dream at this stage but if I can get enough interest I might look into it.. I've not even costed it up, but at this moment the chances of one being built for me seem slimmer every year.. So I could set this up as a pet project.
There seems to be a hole in the sub $10 - 12K mixer segment for a decent "all-in-one".. Would anyone be interested in a 24 X 26 analog Thunderbolt mixer? 6 aux send / returns then / inserts / two "FX" sends with it's own subgroup (two fader additional subs) to send to three pairs of stereo 1176 style compression unit with a Vari-mu on channels 25-26 / probably lundahl transformers on the output channels? Of course PFL, wedge / monitor routing will be an option.. Four of the aux's would be post fader the other two pre-fader..
Digital routing on / off on all channels and you could record post / pre EQ.
I would try to use the best components I could get my hands on, ESS Sabre Ultra's DAC's for example.. Pre-amps? Well I'd rather go quality rather than quantity, so I'd add a bank of 8 pre-amps and then if you need more you can add them via additional line in's. I could add two channels of Hi-Z also..
I could do it as a 4-bank slot module for repairs, I could add VCA / automation but not sure due to price here. I'd make it somewhat clean yet add musical into the equation, probably a mix between the major three.
I am only one person, as I continue on there's several things I might do.. For one instead of having to write drivers, I could send all the channels I/O via MADI so you could use something like an RME MADIFace and have excellent Windows and MAC support with better drivers than I could make (probably).. We'll see..
This is rather niche, would take years to even get out of the planning stage and it will be extremely difficult to get off the ground. I might start with a 4 channel example and send it round to gain interest, if it's worth doing in the first place.