Renegade Labs Inc - 328 Mixer Operations FAQ

Q: With only eight faders, how can I mix sixteen channels at once?

A: The faders on the 328 mixers are stereo faders. This allows AES pairs (or stereo pairs) to be assigned to each fader, saving room on the control surface. These assignments can be saved in any of 200 registers, to which you can apply a unique name for easy recall.

Q: Your faders are stereo, how do I assign one channel to a fader strip?

A: Assigning an input pair to the fader, but then routing only the one desired input to the output busses will effectively accomplish this. For example here's how to assign input pair A 1/2 to faders 1 and 2 as separate channels:

  1. Using the Fader Assignment Menu assign the same input pair, A 1/2, to faders #1 and #2 as shown:
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  2. Using the Routing Menu change the fader routing so that fader #1 only uses the Left crosspoints and fader #2 only uses Right crosspoints as shown:
    Left Channel Routing Right Channel Routing
    Fader 1 is set to only have left crosspoint(s) enabled. Fader 2 is set to only have right crosspoint(s) enabled.
  3. Make sure that fader #1 and fader #2 pan pots are centered.

With this example, fader #1 will now only control channel 1 audio from the A 1/2 input pair and fader #2 will now only control channel 2 audio from the A 1/2 input pair.

Q: Since 328 Digital Audio Mixers can synchronize to either an AES or Video reference, which is the best reference source to use?

A: For best possible performance the AES reference should be used. The 328 Digital Audio Mixers will synchronize just fine with a SD or HD video reference and the mixer will still achieve it's great audio performance ratios however, for the absolute best audio performance, the AES reference is recommend as the AES reference provides a much more accurate synchronization clock signal for the mixer to lock to. By using a more accurate synchronization clock signal clock jitter is reduced which in turn reduces the overall distortion especially on the analog outputs. The 328 Digital Audio Mixers can accept AES reference signals at 48kHz, 96kHz, or 192kHz sample rates.

For Gray|328 Digital Audio Mixers a video reference is necessary to insure proper synchronization when being remotely controlled from an editing system. The Gray|328 Digital Audio Mixer can use the AES reference input for audio synchronization while still using the video reference for edit system synchronization. To achieve this simply connect both an AES and a video reference to the mixer and in the Reference Menu select AES as the reference source. (This is also true for the Gray 328|MXE.)