« Roland PA-250, full of raw character »Published on 11/30/16 at 11:45
According to the seller, it had belonged to his father who used and abused it for parties in the country.
Beware, it weighs a ton! I had to get a Uber to get back home with it!
It’s an 8-mono channel mixer, each with a basic (low/high) EQ, an output gain control and an FX section (delay & reverb generated from aspring reverb within the table).
When I got this, I mostly had non-analog, mostly digital gear, such as Kork/Elektron (which can sound a bit cold sometimes) and this mixer mostly helped me to bring their sounds alive.
It’s perfect to warm sounds up, it adds a bit of analog dirt to anything that goes through it.
Sprinkle the whole with the adequate amount of internal FX or even distortion by getting it into the red and a metallic-sounding synth turns into a LO-FI organic beast (ala LIES Records/ Lobster Theremin/ MORD etc).
A real pleasure, but definitely not for someone looking for a neutral-sounding mixer that would provide a neutral sound without a hiss or hum.
It blows, spits and distorts sounds if you want it to – in a word, it sounds alive!