At this year’s Frankfurt Musikmesse, Schertler, based in Mendrisio, Switzerland, will unveil the Arthur Format48 mixer (price TBA), a modular mixer that can be designed and built by the user, offering a degree of flexibility.
The mixer can be created from a choice of eight Class-A input and output modules, including a Mic Input unit, Yellow instrument input unit, Stereo Input unit and Spring Reverb unit, as well as L/R Master, EQ Master, Aux Master and external Power-In units.
The units can be combined in any order and quantity, and contain standard features found on other mixer channel strips, as well as some more innovative functions for enhancing workflow and ensuring best possible sound quality.
Arthur’s electronic design promises the complete absence of negative feedback (NFB) from input to output. All filters and summing amps are said to be free from restricting back loops in the mixer’s straightforward high-speed design, resulting in an ultra fast response and a natural attack. All circuits are built using discrete components (in Class-A) and pure high-voltage DC amps (with no capacitors in the signal path), offering 30dB headroom and low noise.
Combining the various mixer modules involves a series of connecting rods and hexagonal screws. Users have total freedom to design their own personal channel sequence, as there are no mechanical or electrical restrictions. The number of units that can be included depends the power supply used. For simpler combinations of 8 or 16 units, there is a choice of two compact power supplies. A further high-end power supply is also available for use with any combination of units ranging from only a few to as many as 60. (For larger combinations, Power-In units are also required.)
Once Arthur has been built, the user still has freedom to customize the unit sequence and add further units, should additional mic or instrument inputs be required, for example.
Schertler expects to ship Arthur modules during summer 2016.
Visit Schertler at the Frankfurt Musikmesse (7-10th April), Hall 8.0, Stand G92. To book a personal demo of Arthur at the show, contact Schertler by March 31 at email@example.com.
Visit Schertler at www.schertler.com/en_US/home.