AES/EBU utility mixer

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Nathaniel Steele
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AES/EBU utility mixer

Post by Nathaniel Steele » Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:48 pm

I'm looking for a small and preferably cheap device to take 2 AES/EBU signals, and take the left channel of each and put seperately on the left and right of an output. so in1 left to out L and in 2 left to out right. oh, and not requiring a running computer at all times (config by computer is fine)seems like this would exist for less than a 1000 dollar digital mixer.

Maybe someone more familiar with TV gear knows of something?

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Re: AES/EBU utility mixer

Post by djpcraze » Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:22 am

I tried very hard to find a similar device, but to no avail. What I ended up with in my facility was a Windows 10 LTSB 1RU Lenovo mini-server (not connected to any network at all, so no worries of updates) with a Lynx 16 card in it. Ours is for Katz Expressway sub-mixing, so its actually in the airchain for the whole cluster :shock: therefore I plugged it into a networked power switch so if it ever soils the bed at 2am it can be rebooted without a trip in.

As sketchy as that sounds, its been on the air for at least two years now without a reboot or a crash. Windows will run for a long, long time if nothing touches it.

It worked for us since we had most of the hardware sitting around, but to each his own. Your mileage may vary.

Nathaniel Steele
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Re: AES/EBU utility mixer

Post by Nathaniel Steele » Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:41 pm

hmmm.IF I had to, I have a pile of lynxone cards that won't work past windows xp, if it's not on a network, no worries.

I was also looking at maybe finding a cheap yamaha DME 32 on ebay....which would be way overkill.

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Re: AES/EBU utility mixer

Post by radio_guru » Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:43 am

You could also try using a a Wheatnet blade with AES inputs (88D). The blades don't need a computer and each carries 2 utility mixers. You would need to check with Whetastone about splitting the AES inputs. I seem to recall it's possible, but needs a little internal effort to break out the AES into dual mono appearances from the standard stereo.

At $3300 it's a bit more than the sought after price range. But it does what's needed in a stand-alone configuration which can then be walked away from.

Nathaniel Steele
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Re: AES/EBU utility mixer

Post by Nathaniel Steele » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:33 am

I'd like to redo the whole TOC in wheatnet.....but for now I will need a cheaper solution.

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Re: AES/EBU utility mixer

Post by radio_guru » Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:22 pm

Keep an eye on Ebay. They sometimes have blades listed. There is at present a big E6 with a studio full of V2 blades available for $11K. That's cheap!!! But that's overkill too unless you're in the mood for such a work surface along with the 8 blades.

And, don't forget that the blade can integrate with others added at a later date. Forward looking. The only caveat is the original blade just needs to be of the same firmware version. Not a big deal.

RG

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