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Vidiot
Gear for monitoring Audio
on Apr 22, 2007 at 1:55:35 am

All our audio is digitized over embedded SDI & HD-SDI. So we really have no need for our mixer which has become a very expensive volume control just to feed our speakers. I'd like to ditch the mixer entirely. We use a Kona 3s.

So what does everyone else use to monitor and control the volume of your audio?


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Timecode Multimedia
Re: Gear for monitoring Audio
on Apr 22, 2007 at 2:47:06 pm

- Use a small 2 or 4 channel mixer.
- Use an small wattage amp with some non-self-powered speakers
- Use small self-powered speakers with unbalanced inputs

Stuart Ferreyra
Timecode Multimedia
President
Santa Monica, CA 90025
http://www.timecodemultimedia.com


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ronnyron
Re: Gear for monitoring Audio
on Apr 22, 2007 at 3:33:15 pm

I have yet to walk into a studio and not see a mixer!!
I would keep it...even if you only use it for monitoring right now.

I admit the mixer doesn't serve the same purpose today that it did 2 years ago...but even with digital I/O, analog signals can still be fed to where ever you need it if you set up the mixer for it.

Another thought...at least in my case, I like to plug-in my external decks to the mixer and monitor my deck when mastering, for example.

Keep it!...unless its a big-ass 24 channel mixer-- then I feel you!

Ron


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Vidiot
Re: Gear for monitoring Audio
on Apr 22, 2007 at 4:21:24 pm

Yeah they're big Yamaha digital mixers that are taking up a lot of desk real estate - all for volume control.

Robert Longwell


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Bob Zelin
Re: Gear for monitoring Audio
on Apr 22, 2007 at 5:28:57 pm

you can use any small Behringer, Yamaha, Mackie mixer for this application, or the Mackie Big Knob, which is just a volume control - but the Big Knob costs about the same as a small mixer. PLUS, you always need a mixer, when you are dealing with analog sources - Beta, VHS, voiceover mic, etc. , in addition to analog monitoring for your speakers. I can't see you buying audio embedders for a Beta VTR or VHS machine !

Bob Zelin


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Vidiot
Re: Gear for monitoring Audio
on Apr 25, 2007 at 11:49:19 am

What is the smallest footprint digital mixer? Something around 8-12 AES inputs?

Robert Longwell


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Bob Zelin
Re: Gear for monitoring Audio
on Apr 29, 2007 at 3:41:52 pm

what are you trying to accomplish. You said that you just want a volume control, and not a mixer. Now you want a mixer with 8-12 AES inputs - what is your application ? It don't sound better becuase you monitor off the AES outputs - there are simple D/A converters in the mixers, that will do the same thing as the AJA or VTR analog outputs.

To answer your question, the old Yamaha 01V and the Behringer digital mixer are the smallest AES mixers, but there is no reason for you to purchase this.

bob Zelin


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