RANE SM26S – SPLITTER / MIXER
Introducing the Rane SM26S Splitter Mixer – an ultra-versatile, adaptable six-to-two-line level mixer meticulously engineered for a wide range of differing usage scenarios. It will accept six balanced or unbalanced line level inputs which are applied to six Level and Pan controls. An additional stereo Master Input allows a total of eight inputs. The result of the mix is sent to an overall Master Output Level control and appears at the Left and Right Outputs on the rear. In its splitter mode, the SM26S can take one or two-line level inputs and split these to any of the six Mono Outputs on the rear. The Mix/Pan controls in this mode adjust the level from each of the two input buses to be applied to each Output. Internal header blocks allow the Mix Outputs to become an independent stereo out, allowing a total of eight outputs. The SM26S may also be used as a six input, six output buffer amplifier in which case signal applied to Input 1 is delivered to Output 1, and so on.
The SM26S may also be used in a combination of modes at once. For instance, Inputs 1 through 3 may be mixed to the left and/or right output buses, at the same time Outputs 4 and 5 are delivering signal originally applied to the Left and Right Master Inputs while Output 6 is simultaneously being driven from Input 6 in the straight through mode. The front of the SM26S comprises a Master Input Level control, six Channel Level controls, six Mix/Pan controls and a Master Output Level control. The rear of the SM26S provides two Master Left and Right Inputs, six Mono Inputs, six Mono Outputs and two Master Left and Right Mix Outputs. All Inputs and Outputs on the SM26S are 1/4" TRS active balanced.
Aptly nicknamed the “Swiss Army Mixer”, the SM26S is an extremely versatile single rack-space tool providing a number of different functions to solve a broad spectrum of line-level signal routing problems. Whether the need is for line mixing, line distribution or line matching/amplification, the SM26S easily performs these tasks, along with additional features for even more flexibility.
One of the most popular uses is line-level mixing for keyboards, drum machines, and effects. Expanding existing console limitations is simple. Whenever a mono or stereo sub-mix is desired, the SM26S comes to the rescue. Up to three stereo, or six mono sources easily mix together, with panning ability on every input. Many musical instrument performers find the SM26S indispensable for combining various effects and expanding the available loops on their signal processors.