The CMS3 mixers are marketed strongly on the quality of their audio path and processing, and their flexible feature set. My first impression — even before plugging it in — was that the CMS was going to be an easy board to work with. Quick Tour The CMS has six fully featured mono channels, which are laid out in traditional fashion, with the XLR input connectors on the top panel. All three bands operate smoothly and, for me, in exactly the right places. The amount of overlap between the three EQ regions also feels just right. The four stereo channels have the same features as the mono strips, except that the mid-band EQ is fixed at 2.
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The XLR microphone input is equipped with an extremely high quality, ultra-low noise, discrete preamp. The Line Input and Channel Insert are implemented as jack sockets. The Gain can be controlled in the range dB. Optimized for ease-of-use, the 3-band semi-parametric equalizer makes it possible even for unpracticed users to perform the requisite corrections swiftly and intuitively.
With their extended buss structures, the CMS3 mixers offer very flexible configuration options. In all, 6 AUX busses are available in each case: 2 FX are assiged to the two effects devices; 2 AUX can be configured either as monitor or effects sends by means of a switch in the Main section; 2 MON are designed as monitor sends, each being equipped with a sweepable anti-feedback filter in the Master section.
The channel faders are dust-protected and offer not only excellent crosstalk attenuation but also a practice-optimized control characteristic. All potentiometers and faders are high-quality components from ALPS. Two of the four stereo inputs of each model are additionally equipped with cinch RCA sockets switched in parallel for CD or MP3 players.
The two other stereo inputs receive in addition the four channels of the digital audio interface USB and USB Separate Gain controls are provided for the Stereo Line and Mic inputs to permit them to be used in parallel if desired. Three-band tone controls are provided, and a Balance control replaces the PAN control found in the mono channel strips. The band stereo equalizer can be routed to the Master channels or else to either or both of the Monitor Sends according to choice.
The display range covers 40 dB; what is shown is the level in dBu at the master outputs. The Standby switch mutes all channels e. Four channels can be transmitted in either direction simultaneously. This interface can therefore be used either for the input of audio signals e.
It is configured by selecting the relevant setting in the menu. Professional Effects, OLED Display and Processing Menus The CMS3 has two integrated stereo multi-effects processors that work independently of one another, each offering effects algorithms optimized for live performance, the most important parameters of which are editable.
The program locations of each device are packed with high-quality reverbs, halls and plates that deliver professional results in live performance on stage as well as in both studio and home recording environments.
When a delay effect is active, the delay time can be synchronized to the beat of the music using the TAP key. Edited effects programs can be stored in the 20 User memories offered by each device, assigned names, and later selected and used in the same way as the presets.
The large, high-contrast OLED display is easily read from a wide range of viewing angles—even in very bright surroundings. The operation of the effects units and processing menus is intuitive and made easier still through the use of soft keys and a rotary encoder. Processing Menus For the basic settings, configuration, use of the effects and special functions, a wide variety of editing options can be selected from the clearly arranged menus.
Innovative Solution for Protection and Transportation Optionally available for the CMS and is a very robust plastic lid with an integrated handle—a highly innovative solution that offers optimal protection for the device as well as greater carrying comfort. Accessories For rack installation of the CMS or table installation of the models and , the mounting kit RMK is available. Complicated rack configuration and interference-prone wiring of several single components cease toapply.
Theonly thing you have to do is to replace the plastic side panels by a pair of metal rack mount ears.
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A separate input and balanced line insert jack which can be used to provide direct output, pre-EQ are next to the XLR, with input level control and a low-cut filter switch 80Hz. The first new feature of the CMS appears at this stage as a voice filter preset button marked the equalizer. This applies a gentle nudge below and above Hz to 2 kHz, with a small cut a smooth curve asymmetrical to a maximum depth of about 2 dB between the two, and may be used in addition other EQ controls. The EQ section has a feature three standard bands, with shelving controls for LF and HF, and a mid-band swept section covering the range from Hz to 8kHz. All three bands operate smoothly and, for me, in exactly the right places. There is a good degree of control available and knobs feel "low gear" in the sense that there are no abrupt changes throughout the range of adjustment.
The XLR microphone input is equipped with an extremely high quality, ultra-low noise, discrete preamp. The Line Input and Channel Insert are implemented as jack sockets. The Gain can be controlled in the range dB. Optimized for ease-of-use, the 3-band semi-parametric equalizer makes it possible even for unpracticed users to perform the requisite corrections swiftly and intuitively. With their extended buss structures, the CMS3 mixers offer very flexible configuration options.
Dynacord CMS 1000-3 « Mixer
By integrating a high-quality mixer, two digital effects processors of studio grade, a graphic equalizer and also a professional digital interface to PC or Mac, the CMS mixers represent the ideal solution for a large number of demanding applications in the audio sector. The mixing section starts with 10 lowest noise, discrete microphone preamps. The two effects processors offer factory presets, including the already legendary PowerMate-reverbs. A TAP key allows precise setting of delay times. Further, each preset can be edited and stored to 20 User memories. An additional MIDI interface allows integration of instruments, such as keyboards. A license for Steinbergs Cubase software is part of the package.
DYNACORD CMS 1000-3 Owner's Manual