D&R designed the Airmate-USB to fulfil the requirements for a high grade low cost radio production mixer. Built around well proven low noise circuitry, this console is the reliable workhorse for the self-op production D.J. that needs an internal Telephone Hybrid (2x) and USB connection to the PC (e.q. for streaming to the web).
A heavy duty 19" rack mounted RF shielded chassis houses 8 vertical triple input modules giving flexibility rarely found in a mixer of this type. Six input channels with high quality balanced microphone inputs on XLR and two stereo line level inputs on Cinch (RCA) connectors. Every Mic input has an insert for signal processors. And… every line level line B input can be converted into a phono (grammophone) channel by simply fitting an optional stereo R.I.A.A. equalized phono pre-amp.
This new Airmate-USB model has 6 balanced mic inputs (+48 phantom is standard) with insert, 12 stereo line inputs, 2x USB and 2x Telephone Hybrids. Channel 5 and 6 have Mic/Line and USB interface to transfer audio from and to your PC. Channel 7 and 8 have, apart from the stereo line input, also RJ-11 connectors to interface with a POT (Plain Old Telephone) line and a Telephone appliance to dial the number you want to reach.
High quality built in Hybrids with R (trimmer on the surface) and C balance (switch on the surface) and direct Connection and Talkback buttons in the Hybrid channels makes a conversation with listeners very easy. With the Telco Send (level to the caller) and Telco Gain (level coming from the caller) all levels can be easy adjusted. But be always aware of the fact that the RC balance has to be adjusted once to create a clean telephone signal send and receive. The manual will give info about this pretty simple procedure.
The front panel ON switch is wired in series with the built in mechanical fader start enabling selection of start either by fader or hard start via the ON switch. Faderstart generates in the Mic mode a Mic-on signalling to switch on ON-Air lights. There is a 3 band Equalizer on channel 1-6. The stereo Aux send can be set pre or post fader. All mic inputs have low cut jumpers. A clean feed send is available for external Hybrids.
The Airmate-USB has the usual master controls such as stereo master faders, stereo Aux send and return, monitor master with "follow phones" and a phones output with a split control function. There is a balance control to continuously adjust the volume between main output and stereo Cue signal.
In addition, there is a special Radio On-air/production section featuring; Selfop switching to automatically cut control room level when the D.J. mic is active; a Clean feed output to also drive an external Telephone Hybrid for talk shows and interviews, if you need more Hybrid channels than the 2 built in ones; a special announcer output that normally follows main output but can be switched so that the main output, or any cue signal that is selected, can be heard when in the "follow phones" mode.
A large Talkback switch activates the built-in electret talkback microphone for easy communication with the Clean-feed output, Aux output and/or Announcer output.
The Airmate-USB is designed to be the focal point for local radio production work in the studio or at home. It’s comprehensive, yet understandable features make it the ideal companion for rapid on-the-spot radio programmes.
Small, reliable and 19" rack mounting ideal for production rooms. It can also double as an On-Air mixer or implemented in your own Internet Radio station.
If your budget is tight, it never becomes obsolete as it can revert to production use, if, at a later date you fit in a larger On-Air mixer.
- Mic inputs: bal, 2kOhm, XLR. Phantom: 48 volt.
- Noise: - 122 dBr (A-weighted).
- Sensitivity: - 70dB min, OdB max.
- Insert: -10dBv in/out.
- Line inputs: unbal., 10kOhm, Cinch.
- Gain: range of 40dB.
- Phono inputs: unbal. 47kOhm, 5 mV.
- 2 Track return: - 10 dBV at 10kOhm.
- Aux returns: - 10 dBv at 10kOhm stereo
- Fully compliant with USB 2.0 playback and record mode.
- HID Functions: Volume/Mute
- RJ-11 connectors for phone line/dialler
- Mix Minus rejection @1kHz -60dB.
- Left/Right: + 4 dBu bal. XLR.
- Monitor/Aux : + 4dBu unbal. on Cinch.
- Cleanfeed/Announcer: + 4dBu, Jacks. Tape outp: -10dBv, unbal. Cinch.
- Headphone: 16-600 Ohm, Jack.
- Announcer: 16-600 Ohm, Jack.
High: + / -12 dB at 12kHz shelving. Mid: + / -12dB at 1 kHz bell curve. Low: + / -12dB at 60 Hz bell curve.
- Frequency response: 10 - 60.000Hz. Distortion: < 0.009% max at 1 kHz.
- Start switch: reed relay.
- Ledbars: 21 segment.
- Power Consumption: 25VA
RED LIGHT Stereo jack connector to intern relay (24volt/50mA max.)
Center Contact = Tip
Normally Closed = Shield
Normally Open = Ring
Frequency response 10-60.000 Hz (+/- 0.5dB).
Dimensions: 483x356x95 mm ( 8HE ) .
Weight: 9 kg.
Left-Right 19" rack mountable. (482mm width)
Front-Back: 356mm (8HE).
Space below front panel: 20mm
Weight: 11 kg.
For Drop through mounting cut a hole of 450 x 330 mm (console height is 95mm)