Superbooth 24: WMD Performance Mixer MKII, 8 stereo channels, MIDI, and more

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Superbooth 24: WMD unveiled the Performance Mixer MKII, the long-awaited stereo mixer for Eurorack with 8 stereo channels, MIDI, and more.

In the summer of 2022, we received the news that WMD was leaving business. But for a short time only. Then came the turning point. WMD has been taken over, and activity continued. One year later at Superbooth 23, they unveiled the Performance Mixer MKII as a prototype, a module that many are waiting for.

This year at Superbooth 24, WMD showed the production unit with a major redesign compared to the 2023 prototype.

WMD Performance Mixer MKII

WMD Performance Mixer MKII

The Performance Mixer MKII is a new eight-stereo-channel Eurorack mixer that can operate as an eight-stereo or dual mono (16) input mixer. If that’s not enough, you can expand it up to 24 channels.

A highlight is the ability to control the parameters with CV, opening up new ways to control your tracks. Unlike the Performance Mixer MKI, the new MKII has MIDI support with MIDI CC out for the pan, level, AUX1, and AUX2 positions. This allows you to capture your mix in your DAW.

Features At A Glance

  • 8 Stereo or Dual Mono Inputs
  • 2x Stereo Auxes
  • Balanced (TRS) Main Outputs
  • Soft Mute Per Channel
  • Group Button for Simultaneous Cue/Mute/Bus routing Changes
  • Pan/Crossfade Switch for dual mono inputs per channel (panned center)
  • Second Bus for Submixing (and/or operation)
  • Stereo Cue Mix Bus (TRS Output Jack)
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack with Cue/Mix pot
  • Rear Headers for Pre and Post Fader/Pan outputs to DB25
  • Clip Indicator on Input Gain Pot
  • LEVEL and AUX2 CV can SUM or operate as VCAs
  • AUX2 can be Pre Fade or Post Fade
  • Channel strips are field replaceable if a pot or fader fails.
  • Expandable up to 24 Stereo Channels
  • CV control over Pan, Level, Aux1, and Aux2
  • Channel Inserts: Rear cables per channel allow for future insertable effects
  • Firmware update via Memory Card
  • Integrated Soft Start on Power Up

First Impression

At first glance, it’s a very comprehensive stereo mixer. MIDI, in particular, takes the whole thing to a new level. The design and many features remind me greatly of the Boredbrain Music Xcelon, which has a similar design and structure.

At $1499, the WMD Performance Mixer MKII is a very high-priced module with many features that have yet to be shown whether they are worth the money. I’m looking forward to the first user reviews.

WMD Performance Mixer MKII is available now for pre-order for $1499. Shipping of the production units will start in September. 
More information here: WMD

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