At this year’s Frankfurt Musikmesse, Swiss manufacturer Schertler will unveil its new Arthur Format48 mixer - a modular mixer that can be designed and built by the user, offering a degree of flexibility that represents a “first” in the market.
The mixer can be created from a choice of eight different Class A input and output modules. These include a Mic Input unit, Yellow instrument input unit, Stereo Input unit and Spring Reverb unit, as well as L/R Master, EQ Master, Aux Master and external Power-In units. The units, which can be combined in any order and quantity, contain all the standard features you would expect to find on other mixer channel strips, as well as some more innovative functions for enhancing workflow and ensuring best possible sound quality.
Combining the various mixer modules is a straightforward process involving a series of connecting rods and hexagonal screws. Users have total freedom to design their own personal channel sequence, as there are no mechanical or electrical restrictions. The number of units that can be included depends the power supply used: For simpler combinations of 8 or 16 units, there is a choice of two compact power supplies. A further high-end power supply is also available for use with any combination of units ranging from only a few to as many as 60 (for larger combinations, Power-In units are also required.)
Once Arthur has been built, the user still has freedom to customise the unit sequence and add further units, should additional mic- or instrument inputs be required for example.
“We are very proud to be unveiling the Arthur Format48 mixer at Musikmesse,” says Schertler Group CEO Stephan Schertler, who also designed the mixer electronics.
“While Arthur may not offer all the features of a large studio console – indeed it is not designed for that - its sound nevertheless outperforms many of the more established mixing consoles. Furthermore the mixer’s flexible configuration makes it a perfect tool for use in both professional and amateur capacities, for studio recording or live applications and with small or large groups of performers.”
Arthur is expected to ship during summer 2016, see it for yourself at the Frankfurt Musikmesse (7th-10th April), Hall 8.0 Stand G92.