Telefunken have teamed up with Audiopunks to create a plug-in version of their Echomixer device, which housed three germanium preamps and a Hammond IV spring reverb. Modelled on a modified example of an original unit from 1960, the emulation brings the classic sound into modern production environments.
The GUI replicates the layout of the original hardware unit, with the top section occupied by input and output level controls and three vertical faders that control the level of each preamp channel (labelled A, B and C). Channel A is a clean version of the preamp, whilst B provides a modelled version of the original preamp circuitry, and C offers a more obviously saturated option — the signal flows in series from left to right, and each channel can be independently engaged or bypassed. A pair of horizontal faders follow, with the first setting the balance between wet and dry signals, and the second acting as a ‘character’ control and offering a variable amount of modelled germanium distortion.
The lower section of the GUI is equipped with a set of parameters that adjust the sound of the reverb produced, with Pre-Delay and Width knobs followed by a section that offers a choice of three (Echomixer, Custom 1 and Custom 2) spring reverb models and a Reverb Decay control. Next up is another pair of horizontal faders, which provide a Tone control that ranges from Dark to Bright, acting as an overall EQ for the reverb signal, along with a global Mix control.
Echomixer is supported on PCs running Windows 10, and Macs running macOS 10.14 and higher. VST3, AU and AAX plug-in versions are available. An internet connection is required during authorisation.
Pricing & Availability
Echomixer is available now, and is currently (12 January 2024) being offered for an introductory price of €89, reduced from its full cost of €129.