MPN #68-16    


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The Trident Audio 68-16 is a 16-channel Analog Recording Console with LED Meter Bridge

The Series 68 analog consoles have been developed to deliver the core feature set most often needed for analog recording. The 68's are Split/lnline consoles with individual channels in 8-way panels. Using an 8 subgroup configuration and incorporating 6 Aux sends, its routing options are vast and simple to use. Connections are fast and easy with DB-25's throughout the board and XLR's for Master and Main outputs. With a flexible yet powerful 3 band EQ at its core, including selectable channel inserts and monolithic preamps driving the inputs, the Series 68 consoles offer a wide array of summing and mixing options. The sonic quality and compact footprint of the 68's are able to meet any demand.

Modularity Throughout
The 68's by design are manufactured to be a more cost effective variant of the fully modular 78's. Incorporating a similar chassis design and the LED meter bridge, the 68's have a rugged and proven core. Using a simi-modular design the 68's are able to effectively reduce their overall costs without a significant sacrifice to serviceability.

All input channels are individual boards, faders included, each in a 8 channel pack.
Subgroups are individual boards, faders included, each in a 8 channel pack.
Master Channel is an individual channel separated from all others.

Split/Inline Console:
Since the inception of this configuration by Trident Audio on the A-Range console in the late 1960's it has been adopted throughout the industry and remains a standard configuration for our consoles today.

Dual Inputs to the channels with line and monitor inputs
  • 3 Band EQ with sweeping mid bands and selectable low and high bands
  • 27dB of headroom
  • Channel Inserts
  • Selectable EQ Path

  • Microphone Preamp:
    The 68's incorporate a new high-quality wide bandwidth preamp design. These preamps have lots of headroom with very low noise, low distortion, a high slew rate, and high gain fully capable of driving ribbon microphones.
  • 65dB gain preamp
  • Balanced inputs
  • Balanced inserts with full bypass
  • Input Reverse Switch
  • Mic/Line Switch
  • Phantom Power Switch

  • Flexible EQ:
    The 68's incorporate an all-new 3 Band EQ derived from the Series 80 Console EQ. As the main channel EQ throughout the console.

    A three band Trident EQ with overlapping frequency ranges is provided along with a switchable high pass filer. The HIGH and LOW sections of the equalizer have a shelving response and the MID has a peaking (bell) response with two selectable bandwidth settings.
  • Sweepable high band between 1k and 15k
  • Sweepable mid band between 200Hz and 3k
  • Sweepable low band between 40Hz and 650Hz
  • Selectable mid bandwidth between 1 and 1/3rd octave
  • 50Hz High Pass Filter

  • Master Section:
    The master section of the 68's are laid out for ease of use and have all the necessary features to manage your monitors, talkback, and stereo returns.
    The 68's master channel is an independent from the rest of console to ensure that your console's master output functions can be easily and quickly serviced with little or no downtime.
  • Main & Alt Monitor Control
  • Mute, Dim & Mono Controls
  • Onboard Headphone with Gain
  • 8 Subgroups
  • Two 2 Track Returns
  • Subgroup Monitor Returns
  • 1 Stereo AUX
  • 8 Stereo FX Returns
  • 1/8 TRS Selectable Input
  • Onboard Talkback
  • Selectable Insert Return
  • Configuration
    Input Section Feature Highlights

    Mic and Line Gain Control
    Mic or Line levels on each channel.

    I/P Reverse Switch
    Flips channel input to the monitor section.

    Meter Select Switch
    Allows you to choose metering from the Direct Out or Monitor Return.

    Mic Pre
    A fully discrete Class A design mic pre.

    The Series 78 incorporates the classic four band equaliser which is identical to that employed in the Trident Series 80B console. It consists of frequency switchable high and low pass shelving sections, coupled with two swept low and high mid range bands and a switchable 50Hz, 12dB per octave filter. Furthermore the EQ has its own independent Insert. Either bypass the EQ or use any other outboard EQ or device in conjunction with each other.

    Master and Aux Section Highlights
    Master Section
    The master section features 6 AUX Masters each with Solo. AFL/PFL Master with level adjustment. In addition to the main speaker outputs there is also a separate ALT Monitor, each with level control, DIM, and on/off switches. The Monitor section allows the return of 2 separate stereo signals direct into the master section with level and mute. Or plug your portable device directly into the panel with a top mounted 1/8th inch TRS input. Through Talkback control you can talkback to the Auxes or the groups. Using either the onboard talkback mic or an external mic.

    Monitor Section
    The Trident 78 is a split in-line console. This means you can switch the inputs on each channel providing an easy workflow when tracking and mixing.

    Aux Section
    The Trident 78 features 6 Aux sends all with pre or post fade selection, accessible on every channel. Stereo Aux 5/6 can also be sent to the Monitor section.

    Input Impedance
    Microphone: >2K electronically balanced
    Line: >10K electronically balanced

    Output Impedance
    Left/Right, Monitor O/P, Group and Auxes <50
    All other Outputs <100

    Frequency Response
    Mic Input to Mix Output <+0, -0.3dB 10Hz to 55KHz @ 6-60 dB gain.
    Line Input to Mix Output <0, -0.3dB <100Hz to 60KHz @ 0 dB gain.

    Distortion/Noise (T.H.D +Noise) at +15dBu Output
    Mic XLR Input to any Output (-20dBu input) <0.003%
    Line Input to any Output <0.003%
    Monitor/Tape Return Input to any Output <0.003%

    Mic EIN (20-20KHz, 150 source, 60dB gain) <-128 dBu
    Residual Bus Noise (Output fader at min) <-95 dBu
    Bus Noise (40 inputs continually assigned) <-80 dBu
    (24 Input Mon/Tape Returns, 8 Stereo EFX Returns and 8 Master Tape Returns)
    Bus Noise (24 inputs routed equiv. to 64 Inputs) <-77 dBu

    Adjacent Channel < -90dB (@20KHz)
    <-110dB (@1KHz)
    Channel Fader Mute <-100dB (20Hz to 20KHz)
    Monitor/Tape Return Mute <-85dB (20Hz to 20KHz)
    Mix/Bus Assign <-80dB (20Hz to 20KHz)
    Aux to Aux <-75dB (20Hz to 20KHz)

    Maximum Input
    Mic (XLR) Input (at min gain) +10dBu
    Line (at min gain) +37dBu
    Channel Insert Return +22dBu
    All Output Insert Returns +22dBu

    Maximum Output
    Mix, Group, Aux, Monitor Outputs +26.5dBu (Into 600)
    Insert Send, Studio, Alt Outputs +22dBu (Into 2K)

    Mic Input to Direct Out +20º to -1º 20Hz to 20Khz
    Mic In to Mix Output +23º to -12º 20Hz to 20Khz
    Line In to Mix Output +13º to -15º 20Hz to 20Khz
    Monitor/Tape Return to Mix Output +8º to -12º 20Hz to 20Khz

    16 Channel: Width: 33.37" (84.759cm), Depth: 28.750" (73.025cm), Height: 12.293" (31.224cm)

    Trident Series 68 Consoles Power Consumption
    Total 16 Input Mixer: 2690mA Total 16 Input Mixer 2690mA
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