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Rane MLM-65 Mixer

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The Rane MLM 65 Mic/Line Mixer is designed for easy manual mixing of up to 6 mic/line inputs and playback of one of several stereo audio sources, including modern USB audio and old school vinyl. The MLM 65 features and topology are simple for non-technical operators, and it's dedicated USB Charge port supports the kids' MP3 players. The Rane MLM 65 provides 6 manually mixed mic/line XLR inputs each with a front panel Pan and Fader Level control, plus a window slot atop each input for installer-created labels. These inputs also have independent rear panel screw-driver Gain trims, Overload indicators, 12 volt Phantom Power and Mic/Line switches.

One of six stereo Aux inputs is selectable on the front panel with a Level fader for the selected source being mixed. A single large window slot for installer-created Aux source labels makes operation simple for newbies. The stereo Aux inputs include five consumer RCA inputs each with screw-driver input gain trim. The Aux 1 input provides an additional 3.5 mm stereo TRS jack and an adjacent dedicated USB Charge port for an iPod or other USB-powered audio device.

For audio sources requiring diamond needles drug through the spiral-grooved black lacquer discs of yore, the Aux 4 input's phono/line switch satisfies those addicted to the warm even-order harmonic distortion of phono cartridges. A large phono ground post is nearby for added sheen.

The sixth Aux input enters via the USB Audio port. The Rane MLM 65 registers as a standard USB audio device with either Windows or Apple operating systems, and both incoming and outgoing audio is stereo 16-bit, 48 kHz PCM. This accommodates pristine, far-beyond-CD-quality playback of audio from dozens of instantly compatible laptop software programs.
The front panel Headphone outputs on 1/4" and 3.5 mm jacks have a dedicated meter with peak hold, rotary Level control and are fed audio from the selected/illuminated Cue button. Stereo headphone cueing of any mic, the selected Aux input or the Main mix is supported.

The Main Level fader and meter with peak hold on the front affects only the Main stereo XLR Outputs which sport a Mono switch. The stereo Record RCA outputs with screw-driver adjustable attenuator provide a local analog output for recording to MP3 players or nearby camcorders.

Simultaneous digital audio recording of the manual mix to S/PDIF, TOSLINK and/or USB audio provides a formidable mixing ally in today's audio world. The three digital audio outputs of the mix are 24-bit / 48 kHz S/PDIF and TOSLINK, and 16-bit / 48 kHz USB audio. The same laptop can simultaneously playback and record via USB.
The MLM 65 contains an internal universal power supply (100-240 VAC). The unit is CSA certified.

USB Audio Input & Output
The MLM 65 has a USB audio interface providing simultaneous stereo playback and recording (16-bit, 48 kHz). The MLM 65 uses the drivers that ship with Windows and Macintosh operating systems. Once the operating system recognizes the MLM 65, the blue LED on the MLM 65 rear-panel illuminates.

The USB Input is available as one of the switchable sources for the AUX Input.

The USB audio record output is from the Main Mix, before the Main Level control. This lets you adjust the room speakers with Main Level control without affecting the recording.

Rane MLM 65 Specifications
Parameter Specification
Aux Inputs 1,2,3,5 Stereo, Unbalanced, RCA
Maximum Input +20 dBu
Input Impedance 20 kΩ, 1%
Gain Trim Range +/-12 dB
Frequency Response +/-0.25 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Aux Input 4 Stereo, Unbalanced, RCA
Phono/Line Selectable
Input Impedance 47.5 kΩ, 1%
Gain Trim Range +/-12 dB
Line Frequency Response +/-0.25 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Phono Gain 35 dB, 1 kHz
Phono Frequency Response RIAA +/-0.5 dB, 30 Hz to 20 kHz
Record Output Stereo, Unbalanced, RCA
Maximum Output +20 dBu, 10 kΩ load
Output Impedance 200 Ω, 1%
Output Trim Range 0 dB to -12 dB
S/N >98 dB re +4 dBu, 20Hz to 20 kHz, 0 dB gain
THD+N < 0.1%, 20Hz to 20 kHz, +4 dBu, 0 dB gain, 10 kΩ load
Main Output Stereo, Balanced, XLR
Mono/Stereo Selectable
Maximum Output +26 dBu, 10 kΩ load per leg
Output Impedance 200 Ω, 1% per leg
S/N >92 dB re +4 dBu, 20Hz to 20 kHz, 0 dB gain
THD+N < 0.1%, 20Hz to 20 kHz, +4 dBu, 10 kΩ load per leg
Headphone Output Stereo, Unbalanced, 1/4" and 3.5mm TRS
Maximum Output Power 180 mW into 150 Ω
Output Volume Range +4.5 dB to off
Frequency Response 23 Hz to 70 kHz, -3 dB points
S/N >96 dB re +4 dBu, 20Hz to 20 kHz, 4.5 dB gain
THD+N < 0.02%, 20Hz to 20 kHz, +4 dBu, 150 Ω load
Master/Cue Meters Mono, peak detecting
Sensitivity 0 dB indication = 0 dBu (-20 dBFS)
Mic Inputs Mono, Balanced, XLR
Mic/Line each Input selectable
Phantom Power 12 V, 681 Ω per leg, each Input selectable
Overload Indication 5.5 dB before clipping
Mic/Line Maximum Input +12 dBu / +28 dBu, minimum gain
Mic/Line Input Impedance 637 Ω / 4 kΩ per leg
Mic/Line Gain Trim Range 10 dB to 52 dB / -6 dB to 10 dB, typical
Mic/Line Frequency Response 20 Hz (-0.5 dB/-0.5 dB) to 20 kHz (-1.5 dB/-2 dB)
EIN 127 dBu, Rs = 150 Ω, g = 55 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Mic/Line CMRR -40 dB, max., 1 kHz
TOSLINK and S/PDIF Outputs Optical and RCA
Sample Rate 48 kHz
Resolution 24-bit
Dynamic Range 104 dB
THD+N < 0.02%, 20Hz to 20 kHz, -20 dBFS
USB Digital Audio Stereo In/Out, USB Type B
Sample Rate 48 kHz
Resolution 16-bit
Dynamic Range 94 dB
THD+N < 0.04%, 20Hz to 20 kHz, +4 dBu
Parameter Specification
USB Charge Only Port USB Type A
Output Voltage +5 VDC max.
Output Current +500 mA max.
Power Supply Requirement 100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, .24 amp
Agency Listing c/CSA/us
Construction All Steel
Unit Size 5.25"H x 19"W x 5.3"D (3U) (13.3 x 48.3 x 13.5 cm)
Unit Weight 7 lb (3.16 kg)
Shipping Size 11" x 23" x 16" (27.9 x 58.4 x 40.6 cm)
Shipping Weight 11 lb (4.99 kg)


Rane warrants its products to be free from defects for 1 year from the date of purchase.