Rane SM26 - thoughts?

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  1. DeuxSeaPlus

    DeuxSeaPlus Member

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    Got one of these to serve as a line mixer for my rack setup. Had it for awhile, but have always struggled with it. Regardless of how it's set, I always think that I'm losing some fidelity running my gear through it - which is surprising since I know Bob Bradshaw used these for years in some pretty high level rigs (e.g. EVH).

    Any thoughts or tips on using one (or a couple of these) in a rig? Thanks.
     
  2. Chandyland

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    How do you feel it colors the tone specifically? I'm planning on picking one of these up too, so I'm curious as to what your thoughts are.
     
  3. DeuxSeaPlus

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    It doesn't necessarily cut off any frequencies, at least not noticeably so. It does, however, impact the immediacy and vibrance of the tone - it just dulls the signal without really rolling anything off.

    I actually prefer using an Intellifex and some pedals rather than using the 26 along with some really high level rack gear (Lexicons, TCs, Eventides) - which is an absurd result.
     
  4. Mondoslug

    Mondoslug Supporting Member

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    Do you have a dedicated 'dry' channel going through it?
     
  5. DeuxSeaPlus

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    Yep, tried it with both balanced and unbalanced cables with resulting levels of "meh" as a result.
     
  6. Mondoslug

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    Well, I think it's kind of a trade off. I drove myself nuts plugging my guitar straight into a preamp or amp and A/Bing for days the difference in tone between that and going into a switcher and or mixer before it instead. Yeah, there's a difference. The trade off though is that you don't get to use all the spendy, swirly FX parallel in a mixer or however you might have it rigged if you don't go that way. Maybe try a different brand mixer, not sure what the latest, greatest 'transparent' line mixer is these days.
     
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    FWIW I use a RJM Mini Effects Gizmo as a splitter and the RJM Mini Line Mixer. Very transparent. Not the same possibilities as a Rane of course, but works for my parallel needs.
     
  8. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    i just have my normal "dry" signal going straight to my amp, and then additionally send it to a line-mixer which's used only for FX..... and which is amplified separately; keeps my "dry" guitar/amp signal just as i like it.
    i like it better even when the FX are simply amplified in mono: a kind of clarity i enjoy, though "dry" amp + stereo FX is my happy normal.

    i don't like the change of tone nor the change of feel when the mixer is feeding the input to my amps; nope.
    the more complex the signal path of the mixer, the less i like it.
    Rane vs mini-RJM?
    imo: smaller is better here, esp. if quality is high & connections/cabling are good, as usual.

    afaik, i'm the guy from whom bradshaw got the idea about using (modified) Rane SM26's, back in 198-something, via my very direct rig-advice to my friend, guitarist warren cuccurullo.
     
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