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Random*Source Serge Equal Power Stereo Mixer
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Author Random*Source Serge Equal Power Stereo Mixer
asymptote
I was just browsing the Random*Source Euro Serge page, and came across this forthcoming module. I have no doubt that this is going to be glorious![/b]

As we all know, the search function is currently broken. I did a cursory Google search, and couldn't find any other threads devoted to this new R*S module. But if this is already being discussed, my apologies for the overlap.

And without further ado...

Random*Source
EQUAL POWER STEREO MIXER



From the R*S website:

The Stereo-Mixer is a 2 input, 2 output equal-power panning mixer designed combine the sound of the famous Serge VCAs with the most audiophile parts available today in a special edition for Eurorack - NJR Muses op-amps and THAT2180 VCA chips. The module has 2 independent input channels (with attenuators) that can be Stereo panned between the 2 outputs. Each channel's gain is controlled by a gain knob and as Gain CV input (with attenuator) which allows to go into massive overdrive with a very organic sound. There are also two AUX inputs that allow signals to be routed in at unity gain. Both panning and Gain CV inputs have been designed to handle audio rates, making the Stereo Mixer a very powerful waveshaping and droning tool.

Beware that the module is able to deliver massive gain, resulting in output levels of up to appr. +/-11V when overdriven, so make sure your other equipment (AD converters, mixers) can handle this:

1) Balanced Outputs, using „a new generation of monolithic audio differential line drivers offering improved performance over conventional crosscoupled designs“ for low noise and distortion. These outputs can be connected to balanced or unbalanced equipment (amplifiers, A/D converters...)

2) NJR Muses op-amps in the audio path.

3) Optimized value set and easier calibration / setup.

Two Aux inputs can also be used to chain mixers. The output is available at a pair of banana jacks as well as (6.35mm / 1/4") TRS jacks (phone connectors) for connecting to external amplifiers, ADCs etc.
lud
Another nice module from R*S. Pricey though at 430 euros
asymptote
True. R*S is not exactly known for offering inexpensive products, especially their preassembled modules. But compared to Serge format stuff it’s still not bad. Plus it’s great having authentic Serge designs available in euro.
jvt
Anyone have experience with this module? I'd love to hear opinions.
stickmann
I have it. It is exactly what you would expect from Serge: an excellent utilitarian module with a few tricks up it's sleeve via patching.

It does your end-of-chain mixing and VCA duties well. I can't say I notice the NJR Muses op-amps or THAT2180 VCA chips compared to other mixer outs I've used but it always sounds great. It offers nice modulation possibilities at audio rate using the VC gain inputs. I like the huge gain it provides, especially when using it with other Serge modules.

I like it.
jvt
Thanks for the feedback, stickmann. Anyone other opinions?
slumberjack
asymptote wrote:
True. R*S is not exactly known for offering inexpensive products, especially their preassembled modules. But compared to Serge format stuff it’s still not bad. Plus it’s great having authentic Serge designs available in euro.


r*s looks are pretty neat. with elby you go serge the same authentic way but save space and a lotta cash thought.
shanebroderick
Does anyone else have any thoughts or experience with the "Equal Power Stereo Mixer"?

I used to have an STS Animal... loved the functionality of this module and sound of the VCA's.

I noticed that this module is one of the only ones in their Serge line to not be Serge Licensed or even say Serge on the module itself and wondered why.
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