Passive summing mixers?
What has me perplexed about the idea of them is I thought they were supposed to sound like a console. Give coloration and dimension from subtle differences between the channels. Pleasing distortion from the circuitry within. Im no electronics guy, but I have learned a thing or two about how different kinds of circuits, transformers and the like sound. I thought passive was supposed to be super clean. I mean i use a passive volume control, and it is completely transparent. Why then are summing mixers like the chandler mini mixer, shadow hills equinox, and new great river mixmaster all passive, if they are trying to be a console alternative?
I mean the chandler is supposed to evoke ghosts of EMI's console past and great river a modern nevesque sound with all those iron transformers. Like i said I'm no elctronics tech, but I didn't think those legendary color monster boards were passive. Does passive just sound way better, and the color comes from the trannys out amp? I mean that sounds pretty boring to me I can always throw a pair of mic pres on anything. My Neve 8816 is not passive right? I bought it cause I wanted to sound like I had a nice console. Console sound or not it does sound good. Maybe I'm wrong about how mixers work, is summing always a passive thing?