The RMS216 FOLCROM is a high quality passive mixer intended for
analog summing of multichannel digital mixes. The sound is up to you
and your preamps.
Roll Music Folcrom RMS216 Features :
* 100% Passive Design
* No Op Amps or ICs, No Gain or Pan Controls, and No Power Supply Required
* Up to 16 mono inputs or 8 Stereo Stems/Submixes can be routed for analog summing
Each of the Folcrom's sixteen input channels features a balanced analog
connection on standard 8-channel DB25 connectors and a pair of
pushbutton switches to assign that channel to the Left or Right output,
neither, or both. It uses no active circuitry and provides no gain or
level controls. By controlling all aspects of the mix from within the
DAW, automation and recallability are perfectly preserved. Up to 16
different tracks or submixes can then be routed to the Folcrom for
summing in the analog domain.
The absence of faders, EQ, aux sends, pan knobs, or any other
superfluous features not only preserves your software automation, it
also allows for an elegant passive circuit using no amplifiers, ICs,
transistors, capacitors, or transformers whatsoever. The simplicity of
the fully balanced, symmetrical signal path allows the use of
no-compromise passive components for an absolutely transparent signal
path. The unit passes signals "from DC to daylight" without coloration.
The output of the Folcrom is a stereo pair of balanced, 150-ohm signals
on XLR connectors and requires approximately 30-40dB of make-up gain
(program dependent). This signal is ideally suited for feeding into an
outboard microphone preamplifier of your choosing. The mixbus is
therefore able to assume the tonal character of the amplifier,
providing a wide range of sonic flavors. Chances are your mike preamps
just sit there unused at mixdown time anyway. Plug into your Great
River MP-2 when you need pristine clarity; or put those old Telefunken
or RCA tube preamps to work when you want super thick warmth.
By excluding the make-up gain amplifier from the Folcrom, we are able
to provide a unique opportunity for wide tonal control by allowing you
to choose your flavor of make-up gain. At the same time, it enables us
to produce an ultimate quality summing buss without compromise for well
under a thousand dollars. What other analog console can give you so
many options, in a single rack space, and at such a reasonable price?