adt-audio Toolmix8 - the 8 Channel Mixer

The TOOLMIX8 is a device that has 8 mono line inputs and a stereo output. Every input has an input gain control, switched, balanced insert, a peak meter, a PFL and a CUT switch, level and pan controls plus two aux sends. The unit can be used as a stand-alone device or in combination with TOOLMST.

With the TOOL series, adt-audio has created a set of audio tools that were specifically aimed at the DAW user. As always our modular, system approach resulted in sensibly engineered products that have multiple applications, and expandable systems with almost infinite growth possibilities.

Our more than 25 years of experience in the design and construction of very high quality analog mixing consoles went into the development of these units, a lot of the design features come directly from our 5MT large format console range, and from our INTEGRATOR module range.

In fact, processing modules (equalizers, compressors, mic amps etc.) from our INTEGRATOR series can be used seamlessly with the TOOL modules to build a complete and fully functional mixing console.
More information on the processing modules is available in the INTEGRATOR section.

Our TOOLMIX rack mountable units offer a host of real world control over connectivity, routing, and mixing features and possibilities with impeccable sonic performance. Every part of the system was designed and manufactured to the highest standards and delivers the same quality you would expect from a full-scale analog console.

Inputs 6 to 8 and Master
The Master Section:

The internal master section of the device makes it possible to use the module as a stand alone unit. Master amplifiers for the stereo output and the two aux masters are integrated as well as a PFL master.

The stereo output is normally calibrated. The FDR ON switch inserts the master level control that allows additional gain of 12 dB. If the ToolMix8 is used with a ToolMst device, this control can be used like a subgroup master fader.

The two aux masters a calibrated and available on ¼"- TRS connectors.

The PFL Section:

PFL operates always in adding mode. The PFL master is available as separate output and can be automatically switched to the main stereo output. The PFL TO O/P switch enables that function. PFL mode is indicated by a higher intensity of the PFL LED.

The Input Section:

The TOOLMIX8 is the 8 channel version of the system, and while it has the excellent sonic and build pedigree as the TOOLMIX16, its feature set is bigger. Each channel features a separate gain pot for the line level input and an output rotary fader, a pan pot, a tri-color LED peak meter and a switched insert. The addition of two aux sends, mute and PFL switches make this the perfect line mixer for any kind of operation.

Calibrated Operation:

Using the line mixer as an output adder of a DAW system, it can be advantageous to set the levels in the DAW system, as the automation system can be used. The Toolmix8 mixer makes both operation modes possible as the input gain control, the pan pot and the level control have calibrated 0 dB positions.

Stand alone or coupled Operation:

Actually, there is no difference in the operation of the device when it is connected to a Toolmst device. All the local outputs and the master functions are still available. The only difference is that the outputs of the mixer are additionally mixed into the busses of the Toolmst device. With stand alone mode, the unit can be used to extend the facilities of an existing console as a sub mixer or, it can be used as a keyboard mixer. The possibilities are endless.

Power Supply Unit ToolPwr

Power Supply:

Two versions of the external power supply unit TOOLPWR are available. The standard version can supply up to 6 units Toolmix8 or Toolmix16 and a Toolmst device. Toolpwr version 'E' has a higher capacity and can supply up to 4 additional Toolkit channel strip units or up to 6 additional Toolmix 8 / 16 units.