Altec 1567A mixer hum, help needed

Discussion in 'Consoles / Control Surfaces' started by pdsepple, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. pdsepple

    pdsepple Guest


    I got an Altec 1567A mixer and hooked up a line level signal (like a CD player) to input 1 octal socket pin 7 hot and 8 ground. Pins 5 & 7 are linked. The output is connected to output octal socket pin 7 hot, pin 8 ground. It has a bad hum/low frequency buzz, I think its the way its hooked up. I don't think its the unit itself and I tried lifting grounds on everything except the mixer. The source is battery powered and the amp is a quiet soundcraftsmen amp. Anyone who can help I'd be happy to trade studio parts, tubes, caps, octal plugs. Incidentally, I shorted pins 7 & 8 of input and the hum/buzz is still there.

    The schematic and manual are at
  2. pdsepple

    pdsepple Guest

    Also, the hum gets louder when I raise the master volume or ch. volume. The hum is the same on all ch.
  3. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    Yes, those units suffered badly from ground-induced hum. DC heating of the input valves (tubes) was a nice idea, but it causes heavy pulse currents through the rectifiers that permeate the rest of the circuit. The optional input and output transformers were not there for fun - they were needed to isolate the mixer from what was driving it and what it was driving.
  4. Greener

    Greener Guest

    Is the ground clean?
  5. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    When was it last swept?
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