Category: Products / studio-gear + dj / mixer
Added: 09-Jan-03 | Author: admin
New price: discontinued | S/H price: £200-250 ish
SECK 18-8-2Here's my SECK 18-8-2 - At one time a very popular mixer in the UK and often sold bundled with the Fostex A8 & R8 & B16 multitrack machines. In fact, SECK wen't on to release the next-gen 12-8-2 (the black one) which had the eq revamped to better suit the fostex. (Both products were handled by BANDIVE Ltd I think at that time)
Anyways it's a very cool mixer even if the eq is a tad harsh until you get used to it.
18 mic In's all with phantom (switchable on the stand-alone power supply unit), inserts on all channels & Busses, sweep mid eq on all channels, fully balanced throughout, 8 busses/subgroups, each of which is switchable between outs 1-8 & 9-16, so it allowed you to record a max 8 simultaneous tracks to your 16 track or all 8 tracks to your 8 track at once.
Inline monitoring on all channels, 6 aux's (including the monitor section, master pots for all aux's, 4 aux returns, 2-track return, built in talk-mic switchable to 'slate' (tape) or to foldback - and lots more. Only downside is there is no MUTE button for chanels, you have to use the L/R IN/OUT button to mute channels or use the TAPE/CHANNEL switch. LED ladder meters for master & subgroups.
It's a VERY compact mixer offering a hell of a lot of facilities in such a small size panel, and it's pretty robust, built into a steel anodised case with the channels set into 3 pcb boards (3 x6 channels) and the master section board all connected by ribbon cables.
I've lugged this mixer all over the place, indoor and outdoor venues & raves, and it goes on and on. Once even i was in one squat and the roof leaked. I arrived back to find to my horror that water had been dripping into the mixer all day. I up-ended it and water POURED out!! - damn! - so I applied a blow-heater into the end with the end-cheek removed and left it on for a few hours to dry it out, and bugger me!... it worked again! and went on to work for years since that potentialy disasterous event!
There can be some power supply stability issues when loading up all the in's/outs with a 16 track I beleive. Paul White from SoS used to use one back in his HSR days and wrote an interesting article about adding resistors into the connecting plugs to balance the power supply better and reduce noise, dunno if you could still find that article, if i DO find it I'll ask him if it's ok to post up a repro of the article, or mebbe if you wrote to him via SoS he'd send a copy which mebbe he's still got it on some sort of disk from back in the day! (?)
Very easy to find s/h in the UK free-ad's, and VERY cheap now, therefore an excellent mixer for using with outboard and an 8 x IN PC rack audio device, cos you can route the channels to your required PC rack inputs with ease...
Anyone use this still? - Feel free to leave some user comments... a classic cheap mixer!
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