Scott Peets, Design FX recording truck manager (left) and Design FX president Gary Ladinsky with a rack of ATI 8MX2 mic pre's
Los Angeles-based pro audio equipment and remote recording services company Design FX recently purchased additional ATI 8MX2 mic preamp/mixers, bringing their inventory to a total of nine.
Comprised of five distinct divisions—Design FX Audio Rentals, Design FX Remote Recording, Design FX Systems, Design FX Service Center, and the Design FX TransFer House—the company plans to use the new mixers for everything from front-ends in packaged Pro Tools|HD rigs to remote recording projects where more inputs are required.
"I find the 8MX2 very versatile, which is one of its biggest benefits," says Scott Peets, Design FX' remote recording truck manager and engineer. "For shows, we're often expanding up to 60 to 72 tracks. The 8MX2 makes it easy to add tracks, whether you have extra audience tracks for surround sound, additional percussion tracks or a full orchestra. The versatility of the preamps and the line returns are just great.
"The D-Sub inputs and outputs are great for us because they interface directly with Pro Tools|HD," adds Peets. "We often send out what we call a 'flight pack,' which is usually a 16- or 24-channel recording system consisting of two or three ATIs and a Pro Tools rig. The interface between them—because the D-Sub outs are the same connections that are on Pro Tools—allows there to be much less cabling involved.”
The 8MX2 offers eight channels of high-voltage mic preamplifiers, a variable threshold limiter on each channel and a stereo mix bus with full monitoring capabilities, all within a 1U rackmountable chassis. Other per-channel features of the 8MX2 include a pan pot, 48V phantom power, phase inversion, ground lift and 41-position control, limiter, and level pots. The unit gives users connection agility via multi-pin I/O, a comprehensive cue system allowing input, pre/post limiter, or line return monitoring, and nine-pin master/slave ports for connection of multiple 8MX2 units to other's cue and mix buses. A front panel headphone jack, rear panel monitor/cue output, and two-track returns that can be used as effects returns to the mix L/R bus are also included.