Friday, November 8, 2013

Analog summing with DAW-driven automation

Greiner Engineering Tools Sum.mation seems like a great choice for a summing unit because of its ability to be fully automated from within your DAW. It can also be used to automate an analog console by placing it on the channel inserts.

From the manual:
"In our continued effort to bring the classic "big studio" experience to the smaller project studio environment, we have designed sum.mation to take full advantage of the incredible control that DAW's have to offer, and combined that with superior analog automation circuitry, for a classic analog mixing experience at a fraction of the cost traditionally associated with this technology." 

  • 16 channels with left-center-right assign
  • Unique stereo bus design with low noise & distortion + high current output
  • Passive summing node output for experimentation with different amps (Neve, API)
  • Cascade-able design
  • Familiar stereo metering
  • DAW-driven volume automation, powered by a plugin inside the DAW you already own and are already familiar with — no need to learn a new automation package or buy a new computer
  • Balanced channel inputs & direct outputs for insertion into any existing console
  • Super transparent, modern VCA design
  • Infinitely expandable architecture
  • Compatible with any hardware control surface that’s compatible with your DAW
  • Works with your existing DAW automation — no need to buy another computer or learn a new, convoluted automation system
  • Avoids inter-sample latency problems when mixing "in the box"
  • Proven VCA technology as heard on countless hits mixed by top engineers, but with modern circuit upgrades
  • Easy audio connection via industry-standard DB-25 connectors (stereo output on XLR)
  • Simple USB connection — Mac & PC class-compliant (no drivers to install)


  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20KHz +/- 0.25dB
  • Dynamic Range: 110dB
  • Maximum Input Level: 24.5dBu
  • Input Impedance: 48 kΩ
  • Maximum Output Level: 27.5dBu
  • Output Impedance: 50 Ω

Watch the video to see how the Sum.mation can be easily integrated into your workflow: