Black Lion Audio PM8mkII Summing Mixer
Summing in the analog domain is widely regarded as superior to summing “in the box.” The DSP required to sum individual channels into a stereo pair is prone to clock-based errors and mathematically unrelated signal artifacts, something avoided entirely by summing in the analog domain. While issues of channel crosstalk, thermal noise and distortion are problems faced in the analog world, these artifacts are considered more euphonic than those created in the digital domain. We are proud to introduce the Black Lion Audio PM8mkII summing mixer. It features 8 channels of transformer-coupled inputs and three separate master outputs: a passive output, a transformerless output, and a transformer-coupled output. It has mute, volume and pan capability on each channel, plus a DB25 connection to link multiple PM8mkII’s for “infinite” channels of summing. Huge 3/4 watt buss resistors provide isolation between channels while minimizing the thermal noise typically found in a small format console buss. Grain oriented silicon steel input and output transformers lend a rich coloration to the sound by adding just a touch of low-order distortion below 250hz. It’s like having a vintage console in your studio, but at a fraction of the price. It’s exactly what you need to give your mixes that fat body you’ve been looking for. The mkII revision of the PM8 has all new internals with noise floor improvements, an upgraded power supply, output gain up to +18dB, separate monitor outputs via a DB25 connection that mirrors all three pairs of main outputs, monitor level control, balanced passive outputs, and a new link setup that accommodates multiple units for “infinite” channels of summing.