Save yourself from the horrors of harsh digital mixes with the Dangerous Music 2-BUS LT 16-Channel Analog Summing Mixer, a 1 RU rackmountable summing mixer designed to restore the feel, headroom, and quality of analog mixing to the digital domain. Route up to 16 channels of stereo connections into the summing mixer, and record the stereo output from the 2-BUS LT into your DAW for more weighty, delineated, and precise sound.
For I/O, the mixer features two 25-pin D-sub connectors that enable eight pairs of inputs and two stereo pairs of XLR outputs for the main out and monitor channels. Each pair can be summed to mono if needed. A stepped output trim/level knob provides an overall fine gain adjustment. All other controls such as signal levels and panning position with automation are adjusted within the Digital Audio Workstation.
Much like traditional consoles that bring multiple streams of audio together from a multitrack tape machine, the 2-BUS series receives 16 analog outputs from any audio interface and combines them into a stereo channel. It performs this task without transient-suppressing or bandwidth limiting components in the signal path, and is tooled specifically for the DAW environment.
By spreading the track load across multiple digital-to-analog converters and summing them in the analog domain, the 2-BUS delivers mixes that sound and feel as if they were mixed on a large-format analog console, without all the drawbacks that come with owning a console.
The Typical Workflow
The stereo output from the summing mixer is sent back through your final analog-to-digital converter to record two new channels back into your DAW. The result is an analog capture bolstered by headroom improvements, which makes the job of mixing in the box less reliant on piles of software processing that can produce diminishing returns.