Passive 5.1 volume controllers
Posted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:05 pm
Now that SM-Audio no longer makes their passive 5.1 volume controller, following their acquisition by Harmann, am I right in thinking that nobody sells such a thing anymore?
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The Red Bladder wrote:It just struck me that the home studio boys and those sound designers who want to take their work home with them, might appreciate such a product, if one made it cheaply enough, but used solid components and stripped it of pointless options that they have anyway in their DAWs, such as mono summing and channel solo.
Hugh Robjohns wrote:... and the fact that it is no longer available suggests the market was too small to support it (since it had no real competition).
Hugh Robjohns wrote:the fact that it is no longer available suggests the market was too small to support it (since it had no real competition).
The Red Bladder wrote:As I said, if you strip away all the unnecessary guff, you can bring the price tag right down to a level where the RRP could be below £20.
The Elf wrote:Give me balanced in and out and I'll place my order too!
The Red Bladder wrote:Unless you go for all that faffing about that Coleman does, with silly stepped attenuation, doofus trim pots that would have to be set up just about every time you use the damn thing, balanced passive is almost impossible.
Hugh Robjohns wrote:I'd still be utterly astonished if you can build an unbalanced passive surround controller with decent tracking between channels for anything like £20. -- but I've put a note on the side under a pot just in case...
Mixedup wrote:why not leave the surround volume control to the DAW too... and just map a single rotary encoder to it.
The Red Bladder wrote:At that price level, it would have to be six-in, six-out RCA/Chinch connectors only.