ART PowerMIX III 3/3 Channel Mixer
Problem: How do you connect a CD player, a synthesizer and the line output from a bass amp to a tape deck?
Solution: Use a simple stereo mixer. The PowerMIX III can accept either mono or stereo signals and mixes them down to stereo or identical L/R mono signals.
Additionally, the PowerMIX III provides a headphone output with its own level control.
1. Plug the AC adapter into the 12V DC input on the PowerMIX III and plug the other end into a 120V AC wall socket.
2. Plug your stereo signal sources into the separate L/R Inputs on channels 1 to 3. Mono sources can be plugged into the Left Input on any channel. It is not recommended that you connect 2 mono sources to any one channel.
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This a good little mixer but it has a serious flaw. Turning the level controls to minimum does not shut off sound altogether - some low level audio still gets through. For me and the way I use the mixer the audio leaking through is a problem. When I am recording acoustic guitar or vocals, I wanted to use the mixer to turn down the speakers down while I am monitoring the backing track through headphones. I don’t want sound coming from the speakers because it ‘spills’ into the mic. The PowerMix III cannot do this by itself. I used to have a DAP Cube 3 stereo mixer which is identical except for colour and that DID give me silence when the level controls were at minimum. I have kept the PowerMix III but I have had to add in a monitor controller to ensure that no sound comes through the speakers when I’m recording! (I bought the Behringer Monitor1 – works well and is currently half price!). The PowerMix III is good for mixing three different inputs and has pan/balance controls on each channel. It is also good for headphones – the level control for phones works independently of the Master level control (which basically controls output to speakers, etc). I cannot imagine what A.R.T. were thinking of producing a mixer in which channels cannot be silenced, although I imagine that for some uses this might not be a problem, e.g. connecting keyboards.