It’s difficult to know where to start when reviewing WMD’s Performance Mixer. I’ve bought many Eurorack mixers before mostly of the 'knob' type but they have never been great for live work. WMD state that the performance mixer is a traditional four bus console with a DJ mixer with added CV control over nearly everything.
The 40HP wide unit arrives in a very conservative plain box, but with a physical copy of the manual and sticker.
Taking it out of the protective packaging and holding it your hand you get a sense of its weight and the solid construction. One consideration is that you will need a powerful power rail to run this mixer as it takes +450mA, -430mA but nothing a modern case could not handle. Due to its size it takes up just under half of one panesl in my 104hp Pittsburgh Modular Structure 208.
The main part of the unit consists of a row of 8 input jacks marked A + B. The first 6 are mono with an A, AB, B switch positioned next the channel gain just beneath inputs. Means you really have 12 mono inputs which you can switch between or use a sum of both inputs. Channels 7 and 8 are dedicated stereo inputs.
Below these controls there is a switch to route the incoming single to none or one of the 2 available AUX channels. The amount of signal sent is controlled by the AUX knob. I very successfully used my Korg Mini Kaoss Pad 2 to add in effects to the channel making it a great addition to live working.
The next section contains the pan and channel faders – I have to say I love the faders – they are LED lit showing the amount of input single going into each channel and great for live work where there is poor available light. They travel smooth and not flimsy so will not move on their own. Next to the faders are an array of information LED’s, a switch to control affects at AUX 1 or 2 PRE/POST or X for none. To the far left are CV inputs for each channel to control level and pan. To the far right there are knobs for cue, cue/headphone and master volume, a headphone socket, master out and a LED db display. One omission is channel mute controls. You can buy this as an add on called 'PM MUTES' but adds to the overall cost making it rather expensive.
In practice the mixer works great for live work
LEDS faders are great to work with
A lot of features for your money
Expensive - you are solid build mixer that you can control in a live situation without getting your fingers in a twist
Expensive - if you are on a limited budget
No mute controls on the main mixer needing to buy PM Mutes to get this feature.
Power hungry - older cases with limited amps available may struggle
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