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AlphaMix
Portable Audio Mixer
PSC ALPHAMIX MIXER FEATURE COMPARISON
AS OF FEBRUARY, 2004
Copyright 2003
Professional Sound Corporation
Printed in the U.S.A.
PSC ALPHAMIX MIXER FEATURE COMPARISON
AS OF FEBRUARY, 2004
The PSC AlphaMix Mixer offers the greatest, most flexible feature set in the 4channel ENG mixer market today. The chart below will allow you to compare the
most important features of the top selling 4-channel ENG mixers on the market.
Items shown in bold offer a feature advantage over competing mixers. All
specifications derived from product literature, company websites, etc at time of
comparison.
ALPHAMIX
442
X4
# OF INPUTS
4 XLR
4 XLR
4 XLR
MIC POWER
12T/48PH
12T/48PH
12T/48PH
LINE/MIC SWITCH
YES
YES
YES
CHANNEL LINK
YES
YES
YES
CONTINUOUSLY
VARIABLE GAIN
YES
YES
NOT AVAIL.
CONTINUOUSLY
VARIABLE PAN POTS
YES
YES
NOT AVAIL.
PRE FADE LISTEN
YES
YES
NOT AVAIL.
INDIVIDUAL LINE
OUTPUTS PER INPUT
YES
YES
NOT AVAIL.
INPUT CHANNEL (*1)
METERS
PSC EXCLUSIVE!
NOT AVAIL.
NOT AVAIL.
REMOTE CONTROL (*2)
ST
OF 1 INPUT
PSC EXCLUSIVE!
NOT AVAIL.
NOT AVAIL.
INPUT SECTION:
ALPHAMIX
442
X4
TONE OSC
YES
YES
YES
SLATE MIC
YES
YES
YES
HP SELECTIONS
YES
YES
YES
MIX BUSS
YES
YES
NOT AVAIL.
LIMITERS
OFF/LINK/SEP
OFF/LINK/SEP
OFF/LINK
TAPE MONITOR (*3)
2 CAMERAS
2 CAMERAS
1 CAMERA
METERS (*4)
LCD
LED
ANALOG V.U.
MULTI-PIN (*5)
2 HIROSE 10 PINS
PSC EXCLUSIVE!
HIROSE 10 PIN
HIROSE12 PIN
TRANSFORMERS (*6)
YES, DUAL ISOLATED YES
SECONDARIES. THE
LARGEST, HIGHEST
QUALITY IN THE
INDUSTRY!
PSC EXCLUSIVE!
NOT AVAIL.
MAIN FULLY (*7)
BALANCED OUTPUTS
(NOT PSEUDO BALANCED)
XLR’S L, R,
2 X 10 PINS
XLR’S L, R,
1X 10 PIN
XLR’S L,R,
1X 12 PIN
AUX OUTPUTS (*8)
2 MIC/LINE
SWITCHABLE
PSC EXCLUSIVE!
1 MIC/LINE
1 MIC ONLY
FIELD CASE AND (*9)
SHOULDER STRAP
INCLUDED
OPTIONAL
($155.00 EXTRA)
INCLUDED
BOOM REMOTE (*10)
PSC EXCLUSIVE!
NOT AVAIL.
NOT AVAIL.
NP-1 BATTERY (*11)
PSC EXCLUSIVE!
NOT AVAIL.
NOT AVAIL.
BUILT IN POWER (*12)
DISTRIBUTION
PSC EXCLUSIVE!
NOT AVAIL.
(SAVES YOU $280.00)
NOT AVAIL.
EXPANSION PORT (*13)
PSC EXLCUSIVE!
NOT AVAIL.
NOT AVAIL.
SUGGESTED (*14)
RETAIL PRICE
$1895.00
$2495.00
$1695.00
GENERAL:
OUTPUTS:
OTHER FEATURES:
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Only the PSC AlphaMix offers individual LED meters per input channel. These
meters are incredibly handy for preamp level setting and PFM (pre fader metering)
functions. Once you use them, you will never want to work without them again!
Only PSC offers you a boom pole mounted remote control for the first input. It
makes mixing while booming very easy. No other manufacturer offers this userfriendly feature!
Two camera shoots are an everyday occurrence. 10 pin Hirose connections for
betasnake cables are now the industry standard. If you offer two-camera support,
it might as well be done right! Only PSC offers two-camera support including
tape-monitoring functions on two Hirose 10 pins!
Every camera in the world is now equipped with LCD audio meters. Why?
Because they are consume little power and are easily sunlight readable. Your
mixer’s meters are supposed to match the meters on the camera right? So why
not use the same technology to begin with. Only PSC offers this meter
technology!
Two camera support should equal two 10-pin Hirose connectors. It’s simple
enough, but the other manufacturers don’t seem to get it. Why should you have to
carry two different style betasnakes? And, how reliable is a non-locking 3.5mm
tape return jack? You will never have to ask these questions when using a PSC
AlphaMix.
Output transformers with dual isolated secondaries need to be twice the size of
output transformers with single secondaries. The laws of physics can’t be broken,
no matter how hard our competitors try. PSC is the only company to offer true,
properly sized, dual isolated output transformers in an ENG mixer. For further
information on this subject, go to our web site and look at our “Transformer
Physics” page listed under the downloads section.
True balanced outputs offer signals of equal amplitude and opposite polarities.
Pseudo balanced outputs only offer balanced impedances. While this sounds
great in theory and works most of the time, it is nearly impossible to replicate the
output impedance of an op-amp with a simple network of passive components up
through the RF frequency range. This detail seems unimportant until you use
your mixer with transmitter hops to the cameras. Then you will see the benefit of
true, transformer balanced outputs over “impedance” balanced outputs. Why do
other manufactures use impedance balancing?…because it requires less parts!
Some mixers offer a microphone level auxiliary output and some offer a line level
auxiliary output. Murphy’s Law will tell you that what you have on hand is the
opposite of what you need at that time! The PSC AlphaMix is the only mixer to
offer two auxiliary outputs and they are both independently switchable for either
mic or line level output! Problem solved!
Let’s face it, you are not going to buy a new ENG mixer and leave it sitting at home
in the cardboard box. These mixers are designed for run and gun applications
and thus require a sturdy field bag and shoulder strap.
Most manufactures
provide you with a bag and strap, some don’t and you have to buy this
“accessory” separately. Keep this in mind when you look at the price of new
mixers. PSC always includes a nice bag and strap with every AlphaMix.
Ever tried to boom with one hand while mixing with the other? Its hard work and
the results can sometimes be dangerous. Only the PSC AlphaMix comes with a
convenient boom pole mounted remote control for this purpose. Now you can
boom with two hands when needed.
Nearly every mixer is now used with wireless and lots of them. These use
batteries at a rate that will cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars over the
life of the mixer. The solution of coarse is to use a NP-1 rechargeable battery for
your mixer and wireless power needs. You can buy various accessory battery
adapters, etc to cobble together this function or you can use the PSC Alphamix,
which is the only mixer to include a built in NP-1 battery compartment at no
additional cost to you!
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13.
14.
While you are powering all of those wireless from one NP-1 battery, did you ever
notice strange whines or tones coming from your system? They are caused by
running everything directly off one battery without any RF filtering to quiet things
down. Most NP-1 battery caps do not include individually filtered outputs, but the
PSC AlphaMix does. In fact, it’s the only mixer to offer filtered power distribution
as a built in feature!
Maybe someday you will have a need for more than 4 channels. Maybe you will
need 5 or 6 or 7. But do you need to purchase another complete mixer to make
this happen? Not if you own a PSC AlphaMix and the soon to be released
expansion module. Details of this exciting new product will be on our website
soon. Check back regularly.
Suggested retail price of the PSC AlphaMix includes the Boom Pole Remote
Control, Field Bag and Shoulder Strap and an Alkaline Battery tray. As well as all
of the inclusive features found built into the AlphaMix. Buying a field bag and
shoulder strap separately for those mixers not so equipped will add more than
$150.00 to the price of your mixer purchase. Buying a NP-1 adapter with multiple 4
pin Hirose power outputs will cost you an additional $280.00. Think about that
when you price your next mixer.
We reserve the right to make changes to features and specifications without notice to
enable future product improvements.
Copyright 2003
Professional Sound Corporation
Printed in the U.S.A.
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