What is Mix:analog?
Mix:analog is a web application that offers real-time remote control and monitoring of analog studio hardware over the internet. It connects you to our servers that have access to digitally controllable analog studio equipment and lets you control it in real-time.
When you are changing the settings of the graphical user interface (GUI), you are actively commanding the the server to apply the same settings on the analog gear. The processed audio is streamed to your device in real-time at up to 192 kHz and up to 24-bit lossless quality.
How to use the app:
- UPLOAD a file you want to process.
- Press PLAY, LISTEN and TURN THE KNOBS.
- Switch to “DOWNLOAD” tab, BOUNCE and GET the file.
How much internet speed do I need to use Mix:analog without buffering?
We recommend 5 Mbit/s, but customer support reports successful sessions at 2 Mbit/s.
What browsers do you support?
Version 2.0 only supports Firefox and Chrome browsers.
What file formats are available when downloading processed files?
You can download your processed tracks in .WAV and .MP3 formats.
Other formats like .OGG and .FLAC will become availabe down the road.
I have problems using the application. What can I do?
Open our landing page in another browser tab/window and contact us using the live-chat.
If we aren’t online, write us an email to email@example.com.
We’ll check what went wrong and help you!
Are the files really processed by real analog equipment?
We’re about to record a fresh behind-the-scenes video to deliver the proof.
Meanwhile, you can take a look at our YouTube channel.
You’ll find clips from our R&D Archives and sometimes the live-stream of our Rack1 system will be up. There’s not much action (obviously), but if the blinking lights make you feel better, we’ll try to keep the live-stream running.
How did you achieve the save/recall settings functionality with analog gear?
We developed our own electronic components that are digitally controllable.
These components can send and receive data, which can be stored on a computer device, to be used later. We’ve upgraded our gear with these components, replacing pots and switches.
If you’d like to know more, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why aren’t you using digipots?
Digipots don’t find most use cases, because of the resistance values that they are only available at. Then, there’s also the problem with digipots not having enough voltage or current headroom for demanding circuits in e.g. tube gear.
There are a few knobs where we actually could make use of the digipots, but most of the time, we use our custom electronic components.
What AD/DA converters are you using?
Our system runs a Burl B80 Mothership with BDA8 and BAD4 units.
If you’d like to clip the AD, use the Distopik Analog Volume Control.
What if different users want to use the same piece of gear at the same time?
Unless you book a session, remote access is given out on a first come, first served basis.
The default session time in the free June period is 15 minutes, but can be extended for 15 more at the end.
Having real hardware, means that only one user is able to access the same device at a time. We have the devices bundled together into “racks”. Our goal is to push the efficiency of the racks to the maximum. Ideally, the racks will be in use almost 24/7 (minus maintenance downtimes).
Rack1 and it reached 50% daily efficiency on 15. June 2018.
Rack2 will be available by the end of the year.
Can I upload more files and mix them?
Currently, you can only process one file/track at a time.
A modular summing mixer based on Neve, RCA and Jensen designs is being built. When complete, it will enable multiple tracks to be processed/summed into one.
Making full-channel mixing available is definitely one of our long term goals.
Has anyone done this before?
We haven’t found anyone attempting what we’re doing with Mix:analog, though RackFX tried to do it with a DIY-Servo approach.
We believe maximum accuracy and durability can’t be achieved with servos (check our 2016 test clip on YouTube or Facebook), nor digipots and that’s why we developed our own electrically equivalent circuits to the pots.
Aren’t you afraid that some giant corporation will take over your niche?
We are, but we’ll do our best to beat them to it. Pricewise, the more gear we’ll have hooked up to our system (up to a healthy amount), the more sustainable it will be and we’ll be able to fuel the development of new features better.
In late 2019, we hope to start the development of a prototype plug-in that would insert our service into your favourite DAW.
If you’d like to know more about our plans for the future, check our roadmap at bit.ly/2xQ5ckq.
What company is behind all of this?
Mix:analog is a small start-up project, developed by Distopik d.o.o., an audio technology R&D company based in Slovenia, European Union.
We’ve got a young, smart and dedicated team with more ideas than we can handle. Learning on the go” is natural in our environment and we’ll eventually be making a mistake or two. Hopefully, we will always be able to recover and continue doing what we love.
If you’d like to check our social profiles, here are the links:
Are you looking for venture capital?
We are actively looking for funding! If you’re interested, send an email to our CEO, Bojan Šernek (email@example.com).
I have more questions. Will you answer them?
Feel free to email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or hit us up right away by using the live-chat in the bottom right corner of website.
We read every single email and will reply to you soon!