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Discussion in 'Vintage Analog Gear' started by niclaus, May 15, 2012.

  1. niclaus

    niclaus Active Member

    I just found that in the trash of the company next door...
    It seems to be a EELA series 200 audio mixer.
    I don't have power supply but i found out that it was supposed to be+18/-18 and 48V for phantom powering...

    Does anyone ever heard of this kind of mixer?
    Any informations??

    Thank you very much.

  2. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    EELA is a Dutch company that manufactures radio-broadcasting gear. There are companies that make broadcasting mixers that will work fine for recording and others that...don't.My personal experience has been the later (Wheatstone, Pacific Audio, etc), but Neve was a different story. You may want to contact the manufacturer and see if they can detail what performance specifications that mixer had when it was made. They may also assist you in finding a power supply. I would be hesitant to put a lot of money into it, though. http://www.eela.nl
  3. niclaus

    niclaus Active Member

    Thanks for the tip...
    Well, it was free, it was going to go to the trash, so i figured i might as well take it...

    I contacted the company and they sent me some documentations... I'll ask them about finding the Power supply.

    Could you explain me a little bit what was you experience with those?
    Are the mic pres worth anything?
    Could i use it as an analog summing machine for example or is it just waisted time?

    Anyway, thank you very much...

  4. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    I think most on-air mixers like that tend to have not-so-good mic preamps mainly because they are meant to be used for simple spoken word production work. When you start shoving mics in front of loud instruments, that's what rips up the mic pre's. As a summing mixer, that reallt depends on what the manufacturer says the noise levels on that mixer are.
  5. niclaus

    niclaus Active Member

    OK, good to know. Thanks.
    They say the Noise ratio is about 82 db with 12 channels routed to ouput fader (at unity)...

    Well, i guess if i can find a power supply i'll try it and see what happens...

  6. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    82 dB is low, especially for digital recording, where the dynamic range can approach 20+ dB better than that. Pass on it.
  7. niclaus

    niclaus Active Member

    OK, i guess it's not worth wasting Time over it!

    Thank you very much for your insights moonbaby!!

  8. Mo Facta

    Mo Facta Active Member

    I have a broadcast mixer from the 80's and its mic pres are great. Although, they are 100% discrete, transformer balanced, class-A!

    Sometimes we find gems, sometimes we don't.

    Cheers :)
  9. Biaseelfsu

    Biaseelfsu Active Member

    Nice find!
  10. rmburrow

    rmburrow Active Member

    EELA console: Worth a little time to fire it up and check it out...
    Have any gel cell batteries around? Fuse the supply rails and put a 12 v and a 6 v gel cell in series (for each side) to get the +/- 18 volts, pay attention to the polarity. The mic supply...put 5, nine volt batteries in series, you will come out close on that one since the mics don't draw a lot of current. Don't need the mic supply if you are using dynamic or ribbon mics, or condenser mics with their own power...

    Most broadcast console mic preamps are designed for dynamic mics...the EV RE20, Sennheiser MD421, etc. are popular "on air" mics...You can always build a 26 db mic pad in one of those barrel XLR fittings for high output mics that could overload the preamp...

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