Openmixer: a routing mixer for multichannel studios
|Title||Openmixer: a routing mixer for multichannel studios|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Authors||Lopez-Lezcano, F., and J. Sadural|
|Conference Name||Linux Audio Conference 2010|
|Conference Location||Utrech, The Netherlands|
|Abstract||The Listening Room at CCRMA, Stanford University is a 3D studio with 16 speakers (4 hang |
from the ceiling, 8 surround the listening area at ear level and 4 more are below an acoustically
transparent grid floor). We found that a standard commercial digital mixer was not the best interface
for using the studio. Digital mixers are complex, have an opaque interface and they are usually
geared towards mixdown to stereo instead of efficiently routing many input and output channels.
We have replaced the mixer with a dedicated computer running Openmixer, an open source
custom program designed to mix and route many input channels into the multichannel speaker array
available in the Listening Room. This paper will describe Openmixer, its motivations, current status
and future planned development.