At the AES show in New York this week, Radial Engineering have been showing the SAT-2, a passive stereo audio device that provides you with attenuation and control over your signal level, either at the output of a pair of high-gain mic preamps, or before your studio speakers as a compact desktop monitor controller. Radial promise noiseless operation, without any degradation or colouration of the source material.
In the monitor controller configuration, the SAT-2 connects in between your playback device/recording interface, and a pair of powered speakers. It can also be used with a simple PA to control overall output levels. It is shipping now and has a price of $99.99.
Also on display was the MIX2:1, a simple but useful mixer that passively sums two audio channels down to one. This enables you to easily sum the stereo outputs of a console, recording interface, or portable playback device down to mono, or to mix any two signals together and balance their relative input levels.
On the input side of the MIX 2:1, both 1/4-inch TRS and XLR connectors are available, with ground lift switches to eliminate buzz and hum from ground loops. Each input can be individually engaged or disengaged, allowing you to audition either signal before summing both together. It will cost $129.99 in the US.