The Stereo Channel is a new option for the 5088 mixer that allows for additional space and cost savings over mono input modules, allowing upwards of 32 inputs in a 5088 Master Frame without the addition of an expander. Stereo Modules are also extremely useful when a mix engineer prefers to work with stems.
At the top of each stereo channel, there are two separate trim pots for each transformer coupled input on the stereo channel. There is also a switch to change the metering from left to right and a polarity reverse switch.
Nine pushbuttons provide buss assignment for the stereo channel with four stereo subgroups and the stereo output. The pan pots at the bottom of the stereochannel, has an associated IN switch and effects the stereo and group buss output panning.
Aux 5/6 offers dual mono or stereo operation. In the default condition, the level 6 control, which has a center detent, operates as a stereo balance while the aux 5 pot controls the stereo level. When the BAL switch isn’t pressed aux 6 becomes a separate level control. There is a MUTE switch and an AUX TO GROUP switch. When engaged, AUX TO GROUP routes aux 5/6 to the selected subgroup busses instead of aux 5/6, which allows submixes to be created across any of the 8 Group Busses.
Aux 3/4 and aux 1/2 are identical pairs. Similar to aux 5/6, the even numbered pot has a center detent and serves as either a balance or level control according to the position of the associated BAL switch. There is also a mute switch and a pre-/post-fader switch. Selecting Width derives the signal after the stereo width pot, thus post-fader and after the soft mute, and thereby also disables the operation of the associated PRE switch. Width is especially useful for changing the amount of stereo information entering reverbs, headphone sends and other effects.
Each stereo input channel also has a 100mm stereo fader as well as a two pan controls, and large, illuminated, latching buttons for soft mute and solo which flashes red when a signal overload occurs. Optional Shadowmix or Flying Faders II may be integrated to add Protools read/write automation encompassing Mute, Pan and Level controls.
The width control, adds or subtracts from the difference of the stereo sum and difference signal. This control is a simple way to increase or decrease the amount of out of center material, usually ambience, found in the stereo signal.