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Making AES mixing automatic

The Model E-3A automatic microphone mixing controller with AES digital I/O is designed to connect to standard mixing consoles via insert points. According to the company, this makes it a versatile and usefultool for sound engineers who frequently manage multiple microphones in live venues, such as television talk shows, sportscasts, town hall meetings, or corporate events.

The Model E-3A replaces the prior Model E-3. The new version incorporates a bright OLED front panel which is used for automix gain display, management of six matrix mixing busses, and other control functions.

The E-3A accommodates 16 channels of AES I/O at 48kHz or 96kHz, and may be easily linked to other Dugan digital mixers for system expansion, said the company. Alternatively, users may utilise AES and ADAT I/O simultaneously for a maximum of 32 channels at 48kHz.

Up to six internal matrix mixing busses may be patched to any chosen outputs. Sixteen automixed channels, 16 unprocessed AES inputs and 16 unprocessed ADAT inputs are all available for a total of 48 inputs to each matrix bus.

The internal matrix busses create additional flexibility in a user’s mixing configuration. For example, a matrix bus could be used to create an automix inside the E-3A instead of using console insert points, or the busses could be used to create mix-minus outputs for commentators’ cue speakers, or to taper the gain of nearby ceiling speakers in a conference room application.