While any engineer needs the best preamp and EQ that they can get their hands on to make their masterpiece, you still need to be able to route your signal correctly to get the best results. Giving a singer the best headphone mix you can could result in their best performance yet. And being able to easily route the snare to your “last functioning reverb on earth powered by fishing twine and a garden hose” can make your mix unlike anyone else’s.
When Geoff Tanner was designing the GTM822-2GN, he knew to fit the users needs, that it had to be expandable and modular. While it is obvious that adding more channels is one way to go, Geoff knew that it was not the only answer. Sometimes the user needs more sends to make multiple headphone mixes or use multiple pieces of outboard gear.
The Aurora Audio GT8x8 Absolute is an 8 input, 8 output unit that enables the engineer to route line level signal where they need to for their session. Each channel on the GT8x8 Absolute has it’s own input and output level control and pan, so you can determine the level and position in the stereo field (when you choose to use a send in stereo). Also included is a pre and post control that enables you to optimally choose if the mixer fader affects the level to the GT8x8 Absolute or not. Traditionally speaking, you would use the pre mode for a cue mix, while using the post mode for fx sends/mixing applications. But we know that special things can happen when using these modes in their non-traditional roles. To that end, Geoff gave the user 10dB of additional gain on the input control for maximum flexibility.
When used with the Aurora Audio GT8x2 Absolute, suddenly the engineer has a powerful, linkable, and expandable line level bussing matrix. This way you can buss your signal around the GTM822-2GN console, creating more fx sends, returns , cue sends, and even the ability to get into more modern mixing techniques like parallel compression. Even with the smallest 8 channel Aurora mixing setup, you can make your mix sound like you were working on a console multiple times its size.
Now for the important bit: Although Geoff Tanner puts the maximum amount of color, vibe, and soul into every Aurora Audio product, the GT8x8 Absolute takes the opposite approach. Geoff calls this Absolute due to the purity of the signal retained and the LACK of color that permeates the sound. Bussing and routing shouldn’t be colored by a path whose job it is to go from point A to point B. If you are combining sounds that you already think are perfect, why would you want it changed by the time it gets to the destination?
The Aurora Audio GT8x8 Absolute is not only a part of the Aurora Audio expandable console, but a key unit in making your tracking and mixing sessions as professional as they can be.
- Gain = +10dB
- Input Impedance = 18 Kohms (electronically balanced)
- Common Mode Rejection Ratio = 50dB @ 60Hz
- Slew Rate = 12 volts per Microsecond
- Input Headroom = > 26dB
- Gain = 0dB
- Output Impedance = 50 ohms (electronically balanced)
- Common Mode Rejection Ratio = 65dB @ 1KHz
- Frequency Response = 20Hz to 20KHz + 0.5dB
- Noise = < -75dBu
- Crosstalk = < - 65dB @ 1KHz
- Headroom = > 26 dB
- Power Supply:
- Input voltage = 85v to 250v ac, 50/60Hz
- Power = < 20 watts