While not at the level of a high end Pio mixer with effects built in etc, this mixer definately has enough features to satisfy most DJ's. There is the usual set of RCA connections, with a phono in and a line in for each channel. There's also an Effect send/return for hooking up effects processors to the EFF knob, which controls the send of the postfader signal to your effects processor. Getting back to the connections... OUT1 is a set of balanced XLR connections, and is controlled by the Vol 1 knob indepenantly from OUT2 which is the standard RCA jack. There's also a Mix out which is untouched by either Volume knob. You'll find the usual set of EQ's and Kill switches which work great, with very good separation. The EQ’s are -30db to +10 on the High and Low, and -25 to +10 on the Mid. Queuing is handled by 3 PFL switches, one for each channel, that, when turned on, send the channel's output to the headphones. That means you could have just one, two, or all channels sent to the headphones if you wish. It doesn't split the sound up though, you'll hear each channel in full stereo. There’s a panning knob so you can bring the mix from the left to the right, etc, but it’s only on the master out. I would have liked to see that on each channel separately.
Price paid: 400.00 USD
Hooking it up tricked me for a second because I’ve never used a three channel mixer before. The tables (or CD players) need to be connected to channels 2 and 3, not 1 and 2. Channels 2 and 3 are permanently assigned to the cross-fader, and channel 1 can be assigned to either side of it by means of a toggle switch on channel one's controls. Besides set-up, it's a breeze to use, even if you've just started DJing. Then again... mixers are pretty self explanitory.
Honestly, I've only used this mixer as a bedroom DJ where it's hooked up to an RCA surround reciever. It sounds absolutely great home here, but I can't tell you exactly what it will sound like in a bigger venue, with a larger PA system.
One of the first things I noticed is how smooth the faders are, but they’re not tough to move like some. They’re just smooth. The same goes for the knobs, which have the usual feel to them: smooth with a bit of resistance. The EQ’s have a center dip which I think is a bit too deep, so if you were going to go by it, the knob might get stuck for a fraction of a second. Not really a big deal, but it’s there. Other than that, this mixer is SOLID, and pretty weighty. I don't doubt that it could be dropped more than a few times and still function.
I fell in love with this mixer out of the box, as did a friend of mine who ended up buying one as well. I would definitely suggest that any mixologists out there with a 400 dollar budget for a mixer to pick up a SMAC 30.
Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown ( 4-, 2002)
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DJnicodemus62's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Bon ben first technical presentation: console 3-way, two-lane "main" phono / line connected to the crossfader and channel mic / phono / line assignable x-fade to a or b, or mix directly. The phono and line connections are RCA (phono for gold, and terminal mass obviously) the XLR microphone on the work surface or 6.35 jack on the front. Each channel has three corrective high mid and bass classic, a gain knob, a switch PFL (headphone) and a knob effect SEND. The two main routes available in more than three each KILL switch. The headphone jacks are available either in front or on the work surface by 6.35 in both cases. The table has two outputs: OUT1 for dissemination, with XLR balanced and OUT2 for returns with RCA unbalanced (necessarily). The work surface has three knob to adjust the level of the headphone and two outputs ansi that a punch function (recall of a path cut by the crossfader) and an adjustable crossfader curve. The table is rack mountable with brackets purchased separately. Block fader / crossfader / punch / adjustable curve is removable and allows easy replacement of each of these components.
Use: first note the crossfader (45 mm ecler pro) has a sliding absolutely brilliant! it is controlled by conductive plastic and Vca which greatly increases its life. It is powered by ECLER themselves. I 'not go away until a compare it to a P + G but it is in the wind crossfader many other brands. The faders are alps 60 mm and are also controlled by vca. The punch, the kill switch and editors are very nice job and very effective. Two regret that side: the correction is "notched" on the 0 (m me that personal 'emm .... more that anything else but hey it's not a major disadvantage) and the kill switch also affect preview. The manual could not be more clear and precise. Level display by LEDs, classic.
Addition, 27/09/2003: I have found the only flaw of this beautiful table! the monitor system that is not enough flexible and adjustable .... but hey, its big sister the SMAC PRO 40 has it, all that must be!
The quality of his ecler: full transparency and preamps in very very good quality. Zero wind (if there is breath, that is located before the machines that we must blame !!!). EQ and Kill very effective (with 3 kill on it, no sound comes out of the channel concerned). In short nothing wrong about that.
I use it for the past two months, and that is a delight every time! They 've allowed to earn up to 20% of volume in addition to removing a breath and background noise. I have compared a Vestax PCV-275, a Stanton SMX-501 and FX-700X gemini. Only the vestax it is equivalent and even superior legerment its ease of use, but € 100 for just a little easier, that is price to pay! The Stanton is pleasant to use but the sound that is not here and can not kill .... The correction of a gemini very pleasant to use but fader that I have found in ch ... and a crossfader worse than the SMAC. In addition, the effect even if they are good, are useless to me. I therefore opted for the SMAC PRO30 was € 470 new. (What's mouth and then killer!) I think the value given the quality that is completely unbeatable. 7 because with a circuit to listen better thought it would be perfect!
One point I forgot to address: this table is indestructible! She has suffered bouts of beer and other beverages questionable without losing an ounce of its original quality (well I have cleaned up after with love even when but hey lol)