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Old 29th July 2004
Lives for gear

A totally passive level control can be built using a pair of Sowter attenuator transformers. You literally just put a pair in a box and wire them up with some i/o connectors, and the transformer tap wires to a pot.

Check out the Attenuators page at Sowter Transformers

There's a cool picture at the bottom.

Also, NHT Pro makes a cheap passive attenuator that sounded good when I heard it once in a very nice demo room.