The Rane SM 82S is a product offering incredible power and versatility. It is the equivalent of a sixteen channel mixer in one rack space. It can do the job of mixers costing several times as much while only occupying a fraction of the rack space. It is ideally suited for keyboards, synthesizer expander modules and drum machines, as well as such things as effects mixing in guitar racks. It also functions as an excellent submixer for stereo line inputs and effects to a larger console. Because of shorter internal signal paths, it is much cleaner than many mixers ten times the cost and size.
Each of the eight stereo (two channel) input channels feature a stereo rotary input Level control, a stereo aux Send level control slider and a left to right Balance control slider. When a single mono input is used, the Balance control acts as a pan pot. The aux return section provides a rotary Return Level control and a slide control for left to right Balance. The output stage includes a rotary Output Level control and a slide control for left to right Balance.
The human engineering applied to the SM 82S makes it extremely easy to operate. The segregation of function between rotary and slide controls (rotary for all input and output Levels and slide for Balance and Send) makes it simple to use, even in the dark. The SM 82S is fully expandable using the 1/4" TRS Main Expand In and Out jacks. Expansion is as simple as connecting a 1/4" TRS jumper cable from the first unit's Expand Out jack to the second unit's Expand In jack. Now, two SM 82S units create a 16 channel stereo (32 input) line level Mixer in just two rack spaces. Or, get 24 channels (48 inputs) in three rack spaces. You get it!