Dangerous Music 2-BUS LT Overview1Description2The Concept3The Typical Workflow4Plays Well with OthersDangerous Music is My Mastering NameRead MoreWhy Use an Analog Summing Mixer? | Audio Engineer Ryan West2-Bus LT and Source Setup – Dangerous MusicSave 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.The ConceptMixing within the software realm has been noted by many users as having apparent limitations, which are commonly described as having a lack of headroom, poor spatial imaging, a loss of low-level detail, and inadequate preservation of transients.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 WorkflowRoute each track in your DAW to a stereo bus, commonly called a submix. Using a 16-channel AD/DA of your choice, route each submix to a pair of inputs on the 2-BUS LT. A patch bay can be inserted at this stage to expand your options for routing through outboard gear, if desired.
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.Plays Well with OthersThe 2-BUS LT offers 16 channels of summing, but you can expand the unit if you’d like. Via the device’s pair of left and right XLR remote expansion connectors, you can link to multiple and compatible boxes such as the D-BOX+, the 2-BUS+, and the MONITOR ST.U
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