Hinton Instruments has introduced SwitchMix, a compact switched routing matrix for both audio and dc coupled control voltages. According to Hinton, the SwitchMix offers “all the advantages of pin matrices without the problems.”
SwitchMix may have balanced or unbalanced compatible inputs and outputs, extending its use beyond synthesizer patching to other audio routing applications including multitrack and effects routing and headphone mixes. The balanced inputs make it suitable for interfacing DAW sound cards into a synthesizer for Silent Way and Volta users.
Two Eurorack versions of the SMX8 are available, with or without front panel jacks. Rear connections are via DB25 sockets conforming to the Tascam balanced analogue pinout. The SMX8EJ (shown) has front panel 3.5mm unbalanced jacks for synthesizer connections and occupies 42HP of Eurorack space. The SMX8EB has balanced Bantam/TT jacks. Other combinations and custom normalling are possible.
Custom build options are available. Prices start from £399, EC orders received before 1st January 2010 will be charged with 15% VAT.