Professional Automation for Multi-microphone Mixing
The Dugan-MY16 is an automatic mixing card for Yamaha digital mixers that employs advanced technology from Dan Dugan Sound Design. When multiple microphone inputs need to be mixed without a script or pre-planned gain changes, the Dugan-MY16 can automatically optimize gain distribution over multiple faders so that the engineer is free to concentrate on the quality of the mix, rather than being chained to the faders. It’s almost like having a talented assistant engineer keeping track of fader levels, lightening the overall workload and maximizing efficiency.
Dan Dugan Sound Design
Dan Dugan Sound Design specializes in automatic mixing technology, with automatic mixer inventor Mr. Dan Dugan at the helm. Initially licensed by the Altec company for their automatic mixers, the unique algorithm of the Dugan Speech System™ is now being made available inhigh-performance automatic mixing systems under the Dan Dugan Sound Design brand. Dan Dugan products have become standards in broadcast studios, conferences, and houses of worship in the United States, prized for their outstanding performance and reliability.
Setup is accomplished by simply inserting the Dugan processor into the appropriate input channels of the mixer (post-fader insert recommended) and raising the corresponding channel faders.
The Dugan Control Panel software is a JAVA application that runs on Windows and Mac computers, providing remote control and level monitoring for the Dugan-MY16.
The Dugan-MY16 uses the innovative Dugan Speech System™ to control gain, distributing microphone gain across the entire system in order to retain the natural ambience of a single microphone.This remarkable system achieves automatic mixing without distracting level changes, inconsistent ambience, or other problems associated with automatic mixing using noise gates.The illustration shows the input and gain levels for three microphone inputs.
No one speaking
When nobody is speaking all input levels are low and the gain levels are equal. The microphones are not muted. The gain is equally distributed between them.
When one person is speaking the gain of the corre sponding microphoneis instantaneously raised to 0 dB while the gain of t he o ther t wo m icrophones is lowered. The same occurs in any channel when only one person is speaking.
When two people speak at the same time the gain is equally distributed between the two active microphones so that the total gain remains constant, and the gain of the remaining microphone is lowered.