AGM Six Channel Mic Mixer
The AGM is a six input microphone mixer and features four low and two high impedance jack inputs. Bass and treble equalisation is built in and operates on the mixed signal as does the master level control.
There is no provision for metering signal levels but high and low impedance output jack sockets enable the mixer to match a variety of equipment.
Ah, another boring 19" rack-mounting box you may say, but you'd be wrong!
The oriental designers of this equipment in their wisdom have opted for a rack style case that is about a foot wide by 1U high (13A") so it won't fit into a standard rack. It is probable that the rack look is just an oriental interpretation of western fashion as rubber feet are fitted for free-standing operation.
All the controls, including the mains on/off switch, are located on the front panel and all the input and output jack sockets are on the rear. A system block diagram is screened onto the top cover of the unit and the overall colour scheme is mainly white legend on a black case with a little blue trim screened onto the front panel.
The operation holds no real surprises, it is electrically quiet enough for both applications and the sound quality is good, providing that you don't overdrive it; you have to use your ears to check this in the absence of metering.
The mixer is designed for unbalanced operation but, bearing in mind the section of the market at which it is aimed, that should present no real problems.
A variety of uses spring to mind from the obvious home recording application to the live performer who wants to mix vocals and guitar together for use through a single amplifier.
It would also be useful as a stage submixer and could be a valuable asset to a PA operator for those occasions when the drummer turns out to have about fifty drums!
It would be easy to keep saying wouldn't it be nice if it did this or that, but eventually you'd end up describing a Solid State Logic computerised studio console. For around £70 or less, this mic mixer is a useful piece of basic gear.
AGM products are distributed in the UK by GC Music. (Contact Details).
Review by Paul White
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