AM1 - AutoMixer 4 mic/line in, Rane
Automixer with four gain-sharing XLR Mic/Line Inputs, one RCA Line Input, one 3.5 mm Line Input with a USB charge port, USB Audio Input and Output, XLR Mix Output, RCA Record Output, Headphone Amp, Cascadable to AM 2 Automixers, and RAD Port to CobraNet via Mongoose.
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The Rane AM 1 is part gain-sharing automatic mic mixer, part manual
line mixer, part USB audio I/O device, and simultaneously a Rane RAD.
Use it as a standalone mic/line mixer, add more gain-shared mics using
up to seven Rane AM 2 Automixers (sold separately), and/or use the RAD
Port to transport the main mix via a Rane Mongoose to a CobraNet
Each of the four XLR Mic Inputs offers
front panel input Level controls feeding a gain-sharing automatic
mixer. Rear panel, 3-position switches for each Mic Input support
dynamic mics (no phantom power), condenser mics (48 V), or line input
optimized for wireless receiver outputs (+10 dBu max). A front panel
Mic Mix Level control adjusts the volume of all automixed mics.
AM 1 is optimized for automixing speech. The mic inputs have a fixed
100 Hz to 7 kHz bandpass filter to provide the best voice-only
automatic mixing using a gain-sharing algorithm.
manually-mixed audio inputs provide a simple user interface and
installation. The Aux 1 Input dual RCA and Aux 2 3.5 mm jacks are
independently monoed, each with a front panel Level control. A
dedicated USB Charge port adjacent to Aux 2 provides power to USB
devices such as iPods or other USB-powered devices. The separate orange
USB Audio Input also offers a front panel Level control for the 16-bit,
48 kHz digital audio that is monoed immediately upon entry.
and Overload indicators monitor the Mic and Aux Inputs, the Mic Mix and
the Main Mix. Indicators flank the corresponding Level controls.
AM 1 appears in Windows and Apple OS X computers as a standard USB
Audio Device, immediately compatible with dozens of audio recording and
playback audio applications. The AM1 registers with the OS as a 16-bit
48 kHz device for both incoming and outgoing audio. The USB Audio port
doubles as a firmware update port if future updates become available.
XLR Main Output can be set to Mic- or Line-level to feed a mic snake or
a +20 dBu max balanced input. The front panel Output Level control
affects the XLR Output and the RAD Port output. The analog RECORD RCA
Outputs and the digital USB Audio output are both mono, pre-Output
Level, containing the same mix as the Main Output.
RAD Port sends the AM 1 output mix to a Rane Mongoose for routing to
output RADs and/or a CobraNet network. The Cascade IN accepts audio and
data from a Rane AM 2's Cascade OUT. This adds the AM 2's eight mic
channels to the AM 1, creating a 12 channel gain-sharing automix. Up to
seven AM 2s can be cascaded to a single AM 1, offering up to 60
gain-shared mics. Both the RAD and the Cascade IN port have status
indicators to aid setup and troubleshooting.
panel Fault, Locate, USB and Power indicators inform head-scratchers of
device errors, the AM 1's physical location, positive USB audio device
OS registration and AC power status.
A front panel
pre-Output Selector permits headphone cueing so users can verify input
and output operation before bringing new sources into the live Output
mix. Both 1/4 " & 3.5 mm headphone jacks with a Level control are
provided. Duplicate Locate and Power indicators are on the front and
Universal IEC power on the rear supports 100 to 240 VAC and 50/60 Hz. The AM 1 is UL Listed and CE Certified.