222 HARTREY AVE.. EVANSTON. IL. 60204 U.S.A. DATA SHEET . AREA CODE 31z/866-zzoo CABLE: SHUREMICRO TWX: 910-231-0048 TELEX: 72-4381 GENERAL The Shure Model M268 is a five-input portable microphone mixer designed for use with sound reinforcement, tape recording and audio-visual systems. Its excellent operational characteristics, compact size, and functional versatility make the M268 a fine choice as a primary or add-on mixer in any sound system. The Model M268E is similar to the M268 except that it is designed for connection to a 210- to 250-volt ac power line. All information applies to both units except for references to ac operating voltage, fuse and power line cord. MODELS ~ 2 6 AND 8 ~ 2 6 8 ~ MICROPHONE MIXERS Compact and lightweight, with rugged, abrasionresistant case M268 (only): Listed by Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc. and listed by Canadian Standards Association as Certified SPECIFICATIONS Frequency Response 40 Hz to 20,000 Hz, + 3 dB Voltage Gain (at 1,000 Hz) (Outputs terminated: rnic 150 ohm133 kilohrns; aux 47 kilohms; mix bus 3.3 kilohms) M268 Features: Wide, flat frequency response and extremely low distortion at full output Very low line noise and radio frequency terference susceptibility in- Four switch-selectable low-impedance balanced or high-impedance unbalanced inputs High-level auxiliary input for tape, tuner and accessories Individual feedback-type active gain controls for all five inputs Master volume control sets overall output level Inputs I Simplex power for condenser microphones High- (unbalanced) or low-impedance (balanced) microphone-level output matches most amplifier inputs INPUT Lo Imp Mic High-impedance auxiliary output for high-level equipment inputs Automatic muting circuit prevents speaker damage during turn-on and -off Regulated power supply is unaffected by line voltage fluctuations Copyright 1981, Shure Brothers Incorporated 27A80ll (AE) Designed for use with Bal or unbal 19 to 600 ohms 1 ( l ~ ~ I ,000ohms 1 1 Input Clipping ~ ~ Level ~ ~ l ) I 140 kilohms kilohms 100 ohms Direct mix bus for simple mixer interconnection ("stacking") Ac or external dc operation. Noiseless automatic switchover to external power in case of ac line failure I I I IMPEDANCE to level unbalance( Mix Bus 1 10 43 kilohms kilohms high- 3.3 kilohms 3.3 kilohms + 8 dBV (2.5V) Depending on control setting Distortion 0.2% or less THD from 40 t o 20,000 Hz with lo imp rnic output at 80 mV level, hi imp rnic output at 1.5V level, and aux out at 8.OV level Printed in U.S.A. Dimensions See Figure 1 Outputs IMPEDANCE Designed for use with Actual (Internal) Output Clipping Level Lo Imp Mic Any lo imp (19 to 600 ohms) mic c ~ r c u i t 50 ohms - 20 dBV (100 mV) HI Imp MIC Unbal 10 to 50 kilohms mic circuit 5 kilohms + 4.5 dBV 10 kilohm or greater unbal high-level circuits 2.2 kilohms 3.3 kilohms 3.3 kflohms OUTPUT Aux Mix Bus (1.7V) + 17 dBV OVERALL DIMENSIONS FIGURE 1 (7.1V) Weight Net: 1.9 kg (4 Ib 2 oz) Packaged: 2.8 kg (6 Ib 2 oz) - 8 dBV (0.4V) Noise Equivalent input noise: - 128 dBV (lo imp mic 150 ohms-300-20,000 Hz) at full gain Certifications M268 (only): Listed by Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc. and listed by Canadian Standards Association as Certified Equivalent input hum and noise: - 125 dBV (lo imp mic 150 ohms-20-20,000 Hz) at full gain Output noise: -90 dBV (master control down), -65 dBV (master up) (input controls down, 300-20,000 HZ) CONTROLS AND CONNECTORS I Output hum and noise: -82 dBV (master down), -60 dBV (master up) (input controls down, 20-20,000 HZ) Common-Mode Rejection 65 dB minimum with 100 mV input at 100 Hz Control Interaction Less than 1 dB with any control combination WARNING This apparatus must be earthed (grounded)! The M268 power supply is energized when the unit is connected to an ac source; disconnect mains (power) plug from supply when not in use. I Model M268E Model M268E is supplied with a three-conductor power-line cord without a plug. The plug should be installed by qualified service personnel. The brown lead should be connected to the "live" or "hot" terminal of the plug, and the blue lead to the neutral terminal. The greenlyellow lead is the grounding conductor and should be connected to the ground or earth terminal of the plug. Phase All microphone inputs and outputs and mix bus are in phase; aux input is in phase with aux output, but out of phase with pin 3 of mic connectors Simplex Power 30 Vdc open circuit, 3.3 kilohms series resistance Inputs A maximum of four low- or high-impedance dynamic, ribbon or condenser microphones can be connected to receptacles marked MIC 1, MIC 2, MIC 3 and MIC 4. The inputs are designed for low-impedance microphones with 19 to 600 ohms impedance or high-impedance microphones. B o t h low- and high-impedance microphones can be used simultaneously. Crystal or ceramic microphones are not recommended. Impedance is selected by a slide switch above each input. The input receptacles are professional three-socket audio connectors.* See Figure 2 for low- and highimpedance connections to inputs. Note that some condenser microphones produce very high output signals which may overload the inputs of many mixers; the M268's feedback-type active gain controls virtually eliminate the need for in-line attenuators to compensate for these "hot" microphones. Operating Voltage Ac operation M268: 105-125 volts, 50160 HZ, 5W M268E: 210-250 volts, 50160 HZ, 5Wt Dc operation A2688 Battery Power Supply (optional accessory): 27 volts nominal at 12.2 mA typical no-signal, 12.5 mA typical full output; 16.2 volts minimum; approximately 40 hours battery life with alkaline batteries, 4 hourslday duty cycle, simplex off External power: 30 Vdc, 12.6 mA no-signal, 12.8 mA full output Temperature Range Operating: - 18O to 57OC (0° to 135OF) Storage: - 29O to 74OC ( - 20° to 165OF) ' Designed to mate with Cannon XL series, Switchcraft A3 (Q.G.) series or t Can be rewired for 105-125 Vac operation (see Service section) equivalent connector. 2 The rear-panel phono jack marked AUX IN will accept output from a high-impedance, high-level source such as a tape recorder or am-fm tuner. SHIELD SHIELD MICROPHONE MIXER INPUT MICROPHONE MIXER INPUT LOW IMPEDANCE HIGH IMPEDANCE (BALANCED LINE 1 INPUT CONNECTIONS MICROPHONE SHIELD / ,. - -----7 \ -SHIELD-- - - - - I \------A/ MIC OUTPUT LOW IMPEDANCE (BALANCED LINE ) MIC OUTPUT HIGH IMPEDANCE MICROPHONE OUTPUT PLUG CONNECTIONS FIGURE 2 Outputs The connector marked MIC OUTPUT is a dualimpedance output selected by the switch above the connector. This output is the "mixed" output of all the input sources and is designed to work into a balanced or unbalanced 25- to 600-ohm microphone line or into a highimpedance unbalanced amplifier or tape recorder microphone input. The connector is a professional three-pin audio connector.* See Figure 2 for output connector configurations. The phono jack marked AUX OUT is a highimpedance, high-level, unbalanced output designed primarily to feed a power amplifier requiring 0.1 to 2 volts input, or the auxiliary or tuner input of an amplifier or tape recorder. This output will also drive the input of a Shure Model M63 AUDIO MASTERQ. Interconnecting cables should be limited to a maximum length of about 25m (75 ft). Controls In addition to the power ONlOFF switch (an adjacent LED indicates power-on in ac operation), the front panel contains five individual input gain controls designated MIC 1 through MIC 4 and AUX, and a MASTER gain control for the total program output. Note that the input connectors are located on the rear panel directly behind their corresponding gain controls. The M268 has feedback-type active gain controls for lower noise and greater dynamic range. In general, the individual gain control adjusted for the required output. If overload distortion (clipping) occurs when using highlevel sources, reduce the individual gain control settings. Unused individual gain controls should be kept at the minimum setting (counterclockwise). Mix Bus The rear-panel MIX BUS phono jack facilitates the "stacking" of mixers to obtain additional inputs without using any of the M268 inputs. Connecting the mix buses of two M268s, for instance, directly connects their mixing systems, providing two independent master controls and two isolated output amplifiers with 10 individually controlled inputs. Note that the gain will be reduced by 6 dB, but noise specifications are not ' Designed to mate with Cannon XL series, Switchcraft A3 (Q.G.) series or equivalent connector. adversely affected by this interconnection. Mix bus interconnection can also be made with other Shure mixers such as the M267 and SE30. Simplex Power The M268 provides power for condenser microphones such as the Shure SM81 and SM85. The rear-panel SIMPLEX OFFION switch controls the application of simplex voltage to all low-impedance inputs. With the SIMPLEX switch on and the rear-panel LOlHl switches in the LO position, + 30 Vdc is applied to pins 2 and 3 of each input connector. Series current-limiting resistance is 3.3 kilohms for each input. When using other condenser microphones with the M268, verify that the voltage and resistance requirements are compatible. Balanced low-impedance microphones (dynamic, ribbon, self-powered condensers) can be used in combination with simplex-powered condenser microphones. IMPORTANT: Do not turn on the SIMPLEX switch when using unbalanced low-impedance microphones; objectionable hum will result. Turn off the SIMPLEX switch when condenser microphones are not being used. Use only high-quality cable, as intermittent shorts between broken shield wires and balanced conductors will cause offensive noise transients in the system. BATTERY OPERATION - EXTERNAL POWER In addition to ac operation, the M268 can be operated from an external battery supply (Shure Model A268B) or any well-filtered dc supply providing 30 Vdc. Current drain is typically 12.5 mA at 8.OV output level. Battery operation is recommended both for remote, on-location operation, and as an emergency source in case of failure of the ac power source. The A268B contains three 9-volt transistor radio batteries which will power the M268 at full rated output. Alkaline battery life is approximately 40 hours at 4.OV output, 4 hours per day use. Note that battery operation with simplex-powered microphones will increase battery drain. To power the M268 from an external 30 Vdc source, obtain a power plug (Switchcraft S-760 or S-765 or equivalent) and attach it to the power source leads, observing proper polarity. CAUTION: The 30 Vdc input circuit of the M268 is not fused. An external 30 Vdc source should be provided with a 0.25A, 250V in-line fuse as a safety precaution. With a battery supply or external dc supply connected, the M268 will automatically and silently switch to battery operation should the ac line voltage fail. ACCESSORIES The Model A268B Battery Power Supply can be used as a sole source of power for the M268, or as a standby supply in case of ac power failure Attaches to side of M268. The Model A268R Rack Panel Kit consists of a 19 in. x 3% in. (483 mm x 89 mm) precut rack panel and necessary hardware for rack mounting the M268 in a standard 19 in. (483 mm) rack panel. The Model RKC169 Rack Panel Bracket Kit enables owners of the Shure A68R Rack Panel Kit (originally designed for the Shure M67 and M68 Mixers) to rackmount the M268 with the A68R. GUARANTEE This Shure product is guaranteed in normal use to be free from electrical and mechanical defects for a period of one year from date of purchase. Please retain proof of purchase date. This guarantee includes all parts and labor. This guarantee is in lieu of any and all other guarantees or warranties, express or implied, and there shall be no recovery for any consequential or incidental damages. SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS Carefully repack the unit and return it prepaid to: Shure Brothers Incorporated Attention: Service Department 1501 West Shure Drive Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004 If outside the United States. return the unit to vour dealer or Authorized Shure service Center for repair. The unit will be returned to you prepaid. SERVICE I WARNING Voltages in this equipment are hazardous to life. Refer servicing to qualified service personnel. I M268E Operation at 105.125 Vac The M268E is supplied wired for operation at 210-250 Vac. To rewire the M268E for operation at 105-125 Vac, proceed as follows. 1. Disconnect M268E from ac line. 2. Remove end caps and cover. 3. Locate Power Transformer TI06 at right center of printed circuit board. Remove jumper marked "230V ONLY" at right of T206. Add two jumpers between holes marked "120V ONLY." 4. Replace Fuse F101 (presently 0.05A, 250V, time lag) with O.IA, 250V, time lag unit (Shure 80B380, Schurter 034.31 17). 5. Replace cover and end caps, and mark rear panel to reflect new operating voltage range. PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARDS REPLACEMENT PARTS LIST Reference Designation Re lacement Rit NO.* Replacement Kit Consists Of: Qty. - Part No. Description - - 86L629 Capacitor, Electrolytic, 470 uF, 35V Sprague 503D477G035 - - - 86K629 Capacitor, Electrolytic, 220 uF, 60V None 86D442 Diode, Light-Emitting 86A415 Diode, Silicon, Computer, 75v TI 1N4148 86A404 Silicon Rectifier, 100V, 112A Motorola 1N4002 Fuse, Slow-Blow, O.lA, 250V (M268) Littelfuse 313000 Series Fuse, Time Lag, 0.05A, 250V (M268E at 210-250V) Schurter 034.31 04 80C380 95A8012 95A8011 80A365 90A8028 86A350 1 I I I I 46A8001 46B8001 55A53 I I 90A8032 90A8051 1 55B8008 Ferrite Bead Ring Knob Transistor, Silicon, NPN I I ADC PCM-3-D I I I I I I ADC PCF-3-D I Stackpole 57-3425 I I None Motorola 2N5210 Potentiometer, 200k Switch, Slide, DPDT Switch, Slide, DPDT Switch, Slide, 3PDT Transformer, Input Transformer, Output I Transformer, Power (M268E) I I I I I II I I I None Raytheon RC4156DB 86B811 Integrated Circuit, Dual Op Ampl (Selected for NF) Raytheon RC4559NB 86A808 Integrated Circuit, Quad Op Ampl Raytheon RC4156DB I I Line Cord (M268E) I 1 I None Integrated Circuit, Quad Op Ampl (Selected for NF) I II None None 868808 Line Cord (M268) I None SGS L146C I I None Integrated Circuit, Voltage Regulator 9088045 I GI MV5075C 86A8800 90A8045 Parts listed as number is shown Connector, Three-Socket Transformer, Power (M268) 51A8008 51A8003 Connector, 3-Pin I Potentiometer, 100k I I I 5588001 I Commercial Alternate I None 1 I by that kit number. Any orders received for piece parts where RKC Kit :ities.