The ARX BarMIX is a unique `user-friendly' Zoner/Mixer, enabling a choice of four stereo audio sources to be routed to each of two zones. The linear ergonomic flow of the front panel controls, coupled with the visual feedback of level settings and source selection makes using the BarMIX totally intuitive, even for casual staff with no prior experience.
Up to four stereo sources can be connected to the BarMIX, such as Tape/cassette/DVD/CD decks, TV/Satellite/video audio, Juke Box/Karaoke systems. Interlocking switches for each source ensure that there is no risk of accidentally selecting two sources for the one zone. Each switch has an associated status LED for easy at-a-glance confirmation of which program source is active, and numbered panels above each switch let you label each source.
The BarMIX has provision for connecting a microphone, to allow announcements to made in the zones. There is comprehensive 3-way EQ and an individual level control for the microphone on the front panel, as well as a Gain trim control on the rear. Front panel switches turn the microphone on for each zone, and there is also provision to connect a push-to-talk signal for priority/evac override.
On the rear, each input source has a Left and Right phono (RCA type) input and an associated Gain trim control. This allows level matching of all four sources, so there is no need to reset the Zone output levels when switching between sources. Each Zone has Left and Right Balanced XLR outputs, plus dual LED meters show output levels for each zone.
Control Options BM-1 VCA Remote Level Control
Each of the two output zones has the option of being controlled Locally, i.e. from the control on the unit itself, or Remotely, with the optional BM-1 VCA Remote Level Control pack. Fitting this option will disable the front panel control. A front panel LED indicates if this option is fitted and active. This is useful if the unit needs to be mounted some distance away from where it is likely to be controlled. For example, the BarMIX unit may be installed alongside other audio equipment in an equipment room, while the Remote can be located somewhere convenient - behind the bar, for example.