I had been following @nff’s work for a while, and also had been searching all over for a mixer with the features that I need, but not a lot of other junk. I approached him with an idea for a hybrid traditional/matrix mixer and we worked together via quick sketches to come up with this concept.
It’s a 10 channel line mixer and 4x4 matrix in one, with some smart integration and functions all around.
The 10 channels are:
- Direct out (for recording)
- 6.3mm and Banana input
- VCA with 3.5mm and Banana inputs
- 4 aux sends (to matrix)
- pre-fader cue (to headphones)
- level slider
The aux sends on the line channels feed the four rows of the matrix. The matrix columns have stereo outs and returns and direct outs. Each fader column is also mixed back into the master stereo output via the slider underneath it. The white knobs in the matrix represent a normalized feedback path, so turning up 2x2 location will feedback in column 2, for example.
Then there’s a headphone out and master stereo outs, as well as a ground banana.
I think that’s it (?). I hadn’t shared it here partly because I didn’t really consider it “minimal”