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Toft ATB for Summing Synths? Saturation Plugins
Old 13th September 2011
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Toft ATB for Summing Synths?

I've had a Roland VM-C 7200 digital mixer for the past 7-8 years and I use it in limited capacity. Essentially it sums a few of my rarely used synths, samplers and drum machines, which I then bus to a pre-amp then interface.

It's pre's are fair to dull but for hardly used synths that are then run into an aggressive pre, they do fine. I also monitor through it and use it as a glorified "monitor switcher". It takes word clock which is nice for this reason. I use a BLA Microclock MK2.

There's yet to be another digital mixer that really does that much more than the Roland so I haven't really thought much about replacing. However I've toyed with getting a mid range analog mixer to add some warmth to all these auxiliary and overflow synths, samplers and drum machines. Not to mention possibly running stems through it in mix.

The only mixer that'd be in my budget and not a step down from what I'm currently using is the Toft ATB 24. I know the EQs are nice, and I've heard the pre's are "good". My question is this. I run all my important inputs through high end pre's into converters/interface, that won't change. What I'd like to know from someone who went from Digital to Toft is; does it add any real warmth to tracks or signal? Is summing through it significantly better than say Mackie or budget analog mixer?

I'd love to spend some time with one but I don't know anyone that has one in the area who'd be willing to let me "give it a spin". Some have told me it's a waste of 6/7k just to warm up some overflow tracks and of course they may be right. I'd really like to know from current users if they can actually see a benefit. Thanks!
Old 13th September 2011
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I use the ATB and its a definite step up from a Mackie. Very good eq that sweetens just about anything you put through it and the mix buss adds a nice edge particularly when you push it a bit. It will most definitely add something to the sound, now if that something is worth to you the 7000 you spend on it only you can say.
I must add another thought: I recently spent some quality time with a bunch of vintage synths and a TL Audio M1 12 channels - its a lovely, lovely sounding little desk. Here we're talking about heaps of warmth and mojo rather than a subtle something. The trade off is that even the M4 24, which would be within your budget, has no busses and its quite features challenged. If thats not important to you its definitely an option to consider. Disregard the fact that TLA gets booed as soon as its mentioned on this forum.
Hope this helps
Old 13th September 2011
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Thanks! I'll have to read more about that! I think I read a review in Sound On Sound awhile back.

Also glad to hear the toft does in fact add some warmth and bite.
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