Review: Unit Audio Micro-Unit Summing Mixer
The Pro Audio Files
Before beginning this review, I’d like to establish a bit of context. On record, I have said many times that I am not a big proponent of summing mixers.
Here’s why: Summing is simply a part of the process, not unlike the faders we use to change level.
Do the faders on a console have a sound? Yes, a very slight one. Do the aux send paths on a console have a sound? Yes, a slight one. Does the summing matrix and amplifier have a sound? Yes, a somewhat less slight one. But in general, before the digital days, the “best” summing units on a console were the ones that imparted as little of a sound as possible. Lowest crosstalk, lowest distortion, etc.
Of course, part of the charm of a console is all the subtle changes to the sound as they pass through the circuitry. Nonetheless, the sound isn’t inherently good or bad. It just is.
Some would counter to say that the digital world sounds “cold” or “sterile”, but that’s just a negative spin on what one could easily label as “accurate” or “perfectly linear transfer function.” Is that good or bad? No. It just is.
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About Matthew Weiss
Matthew engineers from his private facility in Philadelphia, PA. Credits include Snoop Dogg, Gorilla Zoe, Arrested Development, Dizzee Rascal, Gift of Gab, J-Son and many others. Get in touch at Weiss-Sound.com.