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  • Which mixers have stereo XLR mic channels?

    If I was so inclined to want a compact mixer with XLR stereo mic level channels, where do they start (if they even exist)???

    I consider mixers like the A&H Zed Series, the Soundcraft MFX or FXii class of mixers, the smaller Yamaha MG Series, etc. to be "weekend warrior" types of boards. They have great features and work very well, but they're certainly not high-end. Are there any "weekend warrior" mixers w/ stereo XLR channels or is this a feature just on your high-end boards?

    Thanks in advance!
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    i dont know of any boards with stereo XLR channels. they may exist; i havent seen them. why not use TRS?
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    • #3
      i dont know of any boards with stereo XLR channels. they may exist; i havent seen them. why not use TRS?


      Agreed. There may be a few boards with stereo TRS channles that have enough front end gain to use a mic (but no phantom).

      How about digital consoles? Even the low end ones allow you to gang two channels together (where all functions are mirrored, except pan).
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      • #4
        Ummm, it already exists,,,,,,, Use two mono channels, one panned "L" one panned "R". No?

        The ultra-compact Soundcraft Notepad 124FX series mixer is kinda cool in the sense that it offers selectable +4/-10dBv inputs on all stereo channels.

        http://www.soundcraft.com/products/product.aspx?pid=173
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        • #5
          This Soundcraft board is one such board with stereo XLR:

          http://www.soundcraft.com/products/product_extra.aspx?pid=123&eid=15

          However, it's WAY more than I need.

          I believe each channel is modular meaning you can pull the circuit board and convert a mono channel to stereo.

          My hunch is the stereo XLR notion is just on your very high-end boards, but it's just something I wanted to think about before taking the plunge on another board.
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          • #6
            If I was so inclined to want a compact mixer with XLR stereo mic level channels, where do they start (if they even exist)???



            What's your reason for wanting a "stereo" XLR input?

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            • #7
              PM-1200 has stereo channel XLR's
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              • #8
                I'm pretty sure you can configure the A&H GL2400 to put the mic inputs from channels 15 and 16 into one stereo channel so it's on one fader. I haven't tried it simply because I'd generally use my dbx386 into a normal stereo channel in that situation. For all I know that may also be true on one or more of the MixWiz range.

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                • #9
                  Spendy, but excellent, separate mic trims, too.
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                  • #10
                    Old Sony MXP 390 and 390S boards. They were video edit boards in the old days but have stereo inputs on 8 channels. They were quite expensive when new but can be bought off Ebay for a couple hundred sometimes.

                    http://cgi.ebay.com/Sony-MXP-S390-Audio-Mixer-20-Channel-12-Fader-/190403600717?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&ha sh=item2c54f0614d

                    I bought one for $150.00 and gutted it of all digital. I rewired for a little different monitoring and it's been running 365/24/7 in a broadcast radio station for the last 4 years. Sony = Good Stuff.

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                    • #11
                      What's your reason for wanting a "stereo" XLR input?


                      I'm in two bands. Main band is 6 piece, w/ one of the horn players being the leader. Side band is 4 of us from the main band, without the horn players. Even though much of the material is the same, side band kicks a** without the leader from the main band. He drags it down by singing off-key harmonies, playing the wrong notes, etc. His chops aren't what they were years ago. I have a hunch the main band has a couple years left after which it will be just the side band.

                      Anyway, in the side band, we like to run things in stereo whenever possible. I have a small Yammy mixer which I use when we go mono in small clubs, and a couple different larger mixers when we run in stereo at larger events. I want something smaller.

                      Unless it's a big event where a pro company is running sound, I run the mix from behind my drums. I'm getting tired of messing with w/ two trim controls, two channel EQs, two sliders, etc. when running in stereo. That's basically the reason.
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                      • #12
                        This Soundcraft board is one such board with stereo XLR:

                        http://www.soundcraft.com/products/product_extra.aspx?pid=123&eid=15

                        However, it's WAY more than I need.

                        I believe each channel is modular meaning you can pull the circuit board and convert a mono channel to stereo.

                        My hunch is the stereo XLR notion is just on your very high-end boards, but it's just something I wanted to think about before taking the plunge on another board.

                        Yes, there's many boards available with (generally) optional stereo XLR input channels, but to my knowledge most (if not all) are modular type boards... generally starting somewhere north of $5K (maybe even north of $10K).

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                        • #13

                          Unless it's a big event where a pro company is running sound, I run the mix from behind my drums. I'm getting tired of messing with w/ two trim controls, two channel EQs, two sliders, etc. when running in stereo. That's basically the reason.


                          Have you considered something digital, like an o1v96, in which you can link channel faders into stereo pairs?
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                          • #14
                            My Crest XR-20 has 4 stereo channels, mic or line. 2 TRS and 2 XLR.
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                            • #15
                              This Soundcraft board is one such board with stereo XLR:

                              http://www.soundcraft.com/products/product_extra.aspx?pid=123&eid=15

                              However, it's WAY more than I need.

                              I believe each channel is modular meaning you can pull the circuit board and convert a mono channel to stereo.

                              My hunch is the stereo XLR notion is just on your very high-end boards, but it's just something I wanted to think about before taking the plunge on another board.


                              The MH3 & MH4 don't have any TRS I/O (except for the balanced inserts). My old auditorium bought a 32 channel MH3 for $15k, though, so I imagine the MH4 would be much higher.

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