Synth signal directly in mixers (an actual analog mixer)?


#1

Hello/Bonjour,

I just heard that plug in synth level directly into our analog mixer can actually damage the mixer in question…

_In one of the latest video of Simon The MagPie on youtube _

It’s certainly better to balance your signals with a DI and lower the impedance to avoid the loss of highend, but is that absolutely necessary for the great health of our mixers?

Now, I have the Stereo Out a Clouds going to a stereo IN of the mixer (not Hi Z inputs)


#2

No it’s not true. The typical circuit for a mixer input is a resistor at least a few kOhm to a virtual ground. The typical output circuit for a synth is an op-amp that can source at most 10mA or so of current. It’s milliwatts. Nothing bad will happen. I get asked this all the time - you need 50V or more for a sustained time to destroy the inputs on my modules.

Do you have a link to this video?


#3

Yes, that’s what i thought, i just watched a video about DI and it made it clear.
Thanks you for your fast answer (i think it’s the best after-sales service i’ve experienced ^^)

The magpie talk about it in the beginning of the video, but the rest of the video is pretty informative!
Simon The MagPie video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICOm6Bv0fCQ&t=270s
DI video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SBGSDKgKHo (in case you ask)


#4

Oh my. It spooks me to think of how much misinformation is making it’s way around the “information highway”.


#5

this is the first ive seen of this guy, and i immediately dislike his vibe.

edit: his musical productions on bandcamp are cute tho


#6

I’ve been putting analogue and digital synths at line level into analogue mixers for nearly forty years now without a problem.


#7

Did you listen to his album? I enjoy it from the first track to the last… There’s a lot of different sounds in it, from acoustic to electronic.
Okey, everybody don’t like his experimental approach and the character. You don’t really learn with his videos but i see them as a kind of a journey.

To go back to the topic, I think that forum are here to “defake” the fake (in a way). So thanks you for helping me out!