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Line Mixer for subgroups/fx on SSL AWS Mixers (Analog)
Old 26th February 2015
Line Mixer for subgroups/fx on SSL AWS

I own a SSL AWS console, which has only 4 stereo returns and I need to create more returns so I though I might connect a line mixer, 1 Rack unit, to sum more returns down to 2 channels.

Does anyone have a recommendation for a transparent line-mixer, 8-16 channels with gain and pan. And maybe inserts too?

And have anyone done this to get more inputs on their console?
Old 26th February 2015
Gear Addict

Take a look at the Ashly LX-308B. Not a cheapo brand, but also not an expensive colored device. 8 balanced stereo channels, with fader and pan. It has no inserts though.

Old 26th February 2015
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nobtwiddler's Avatar

You can purchase, 1 x used API 8200A...
Which = 8 inputs to stereo with inserts, mutes, solos, etc.
You then can purchase a 8200 (non A) for the second 8 channels as it will use the 2 summing amps from the first unit.


You can purchase a very, very, cool.......ADT Tool Mod 16 channel summing mixer..

The 16 Channel Summing Box Toolmix16
With Volume, pan, mute, solo and master.......!

Hope this helps???
Old 26th February 2015
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Obvious device would be SSL's own Sigma. 16 stereo inputs, with 2 busses, which can also be automated from the AWS faders, so you can ride or mute groups and fx rtns, very useful for old and noisy FX devices.
More and more AWS and Matrix users are adding Sigmas to their setups as it's a perfect match.
Old 26th February 2015
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If you can get by with a unit of more than 1 rack space consider a SSL X-Desk. 16 ins 8 of which have inserts and faders. You could in theory run 1-8 and use the mix out to a pair of your stereo faders on AWS and another 8 in on channels 9-16 and by not assigning the cue mix to the main outs and using the cue mix out to another stereo in on the AWS you could get another 2 8channel stereo stem mix to AWS. Or, you could take advantage of the 2 additional FX sends and the stereo cue send for added aux sends. Good luck whatever you decide!
Old 26th February 2015
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We own an AWS and use an Xrack of line inputs for just this reason-

We sum them to FX Ret 4

You can use any summing mixer really.
Old 27th February 2015
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Why not the 32ch Speck? single rack space..
Old 27th February 2015
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By the way- one cool feature of using an XRack with your AWS is that it utilizes the desk recall. You just need a 9-pin cable to connect from the Xrack to the desk and you're all set. Nice & tidy
Old 27th February 2015
Originally Posted by Faderjockey View Post
Why not the 32ch Speck? single rack space..
The Speck X.Sum is a great choice, I own one and it is a very well designed line mixer! Probably the best balanced stereo (or mono) 1/4" line mixer available, and functions great as a summing mixer.
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