One of my favorite small mixers, the Furman SM-3. Three stereo RCA inputs, plus a XLR mic input complete with ducking (which is adjustable). I think these were made for broadcast, primarily. I’ve been able to pick them up as cheap as $20 used. XLR outs, RCA outs. They work with a variety of power adapters. I don’t know the details around the MIDI style link adapter, but I believe you may be able to daisy chain them.
Half rack size, similar to the old Boss micro rack series.
I use these for Volcas and small noisemaker summing.
This definitely seems like an interesting and unique take on a pretty commonplace mixer setup (though maybe not too minimal).
l could see it being useful personally to integrate in my in the box, interface-based setup for mixing (with the monitoring and analog summing features), while also being useful standalone for live purposes.
Also, found this the other day and wanted to share here, but forgot–old studer mixer with built-in rotary phone (?!). Apparently was designed with sportscasting in mind, but I can imagine could be put to pretty cool experimental purposes. Wish it was cheaper!
that one is cute indeed but not worth that price.
I had a Studer A779 (6 channels, minimal but ultra nice EQ, two AUX) virtually the same as this one : https://reverb.com/item/20692027-studer-revox-c279-mixer-serviced-warranty
except the A779 has an extensive monitor section and mine had the expansion board (balanced AUX send+returns among other stuff).
really excellent small mixer if you can find one for a reasonable price (e.g. 1500 incl. exp.board IMO). I sold mine just bcs I found a 961.
this thing seems really compelling (as far as I understand it, I’m still behind the curve on understanding console terminology) but I have to believe that usb connectivity to simplify summing and act as an interface would have put this over the top.
Adding SSL quality converters would probably put this out of reach for most people looking for a 2-preamp/6-channel mixer. $1500 is reasonable but still, you could probably find an X-Desk for just a few hundred more. No SSL comp, but 16 channels of mixing and summing. Overall, a good price-point.