When it comes to monitoring and routing applications, you can't beat the simplicity and portability of a line mixer. By dealing specifically with line-level signals (as their name suggests), line mixers are used when you need to combine multiple audio sources. They're compact in size, typically analog in design and usually provide only your most essential controls per channel, such as volume and gain. With that being said, certain models offer more functions than others, and these days you'll discover an impressive variety of line mixers from well-known audio manufacturers like Manley and Tube-Tech.
As you browse your options, you might notice that some models are referred to as "summing". The reason why they're both included here is because essentially they serve the same purpose. Summing mixers can also be equipped with tube technology to help restore the warm sound that can heard in older recordings. In fact, that's exactly what you'll find in this section: the Tube-Tech SSA-2B Stereo Summing Amplifier has an extremely wide frequency response, 8 stereo/4 mono inputs summed to two channels, and fully floating outputs. For a better harmonic balance and more realistic sound of musical instruments, the SSA-2B is a must-have for any enthusiastic recording engineer.
Another mixer that deserves your attention is the Manley BACKBONE (DB25 Connectors). This beauty gives you control of up to 8 pieces of outboard gear and boasts an extensive range of features. Some of these features include Bypass Gains, Balanced Signal Path, Patchable SEND and RETURN, and an Absolute Polarity Reverse Switch. This line mixer also won the 2009 TEC award, and you'll quickly understand why after you incorporate it into your sound setup.
Whatever you choose from this catalog, you'll be more than satisfied with the results. For live or studio use, these line mixers will have your production talents fully realized, so feel free to give each of your options a closer look. By taking your own needs and budget into consideration, the right line mixer for you will be obvious sooner rather than later.