Thermionic Culture FAT-BUSTARD-II
Valve Mixer, 14 Channel


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List Price: $6,399.00

More than just a straight summing mixer, this new offering provides sound shaping possibilities too, with a simple yet powerful bass ( 50Hz ) and treble ( 10kHz ), Stereo Width and Depth controls, and the new ‘Attitude’ distortion section. The inputs are arranged as 4x stereo pairs and 4 mono, all with mutes, the mono inputs also have pan pots too. Two additional Aux inputs are provided for echo returns and the optional forthcoming Little Bustard 16 channel expander. The Fat Bustard lives up to its name-guaranteeing Big Fat Sounds!

The master section now includes a INT/EXT switch and a pair of associated rear mounted jack inputs for attaching a playback device to route through the monitor buss. This can also be used to check the effects of a Phoenix compressor that has been connected to the output of the Fat Bustard. The level of the EXT signal can be adjusted via the rear mounted trim pot. The mkII comes with a dedicated stereo monitoring output on unbalanced jacks, and a monitoring level dial on the front panel.


Input Impedance:

  • 10kO (dependant on channel and setting), unbalanced

Output Impedance:

  • 600O unbalanced

Gain (ch. 1-8):

  • 0 at Attitude 1, + 11dB at Max Attitude

Maximum Output Level (MOL)

  • + 25 dBu

Distortion :

  • (at Att 1) 0.015% +8dBm output
  • (at Att 3)  0.25%
  • (at Att Max) 1+ % (dependent on how hard input valves are driven)

Signal to noise (IEC weighted)

  • at least 100dB below MOL (at Attitude 1)

Frequency response +/-1 dB

  • 16Hz to 40kHz (at Attitude 1)

Max Bass Lift

  • +10dB @ 50 Hz

Max Top Lift

  • +12dB @ 12kHz

Phase shift (10kHz) with EQ flat

  • At Attitude 1 - 7% (26 degrees)
  • At Attitude 4 - 10% (36 degrees)

Crosstalk (average at Attitude 1 & 2)

  • 59dB @ 1kHz, 44dB @ 10kHz Crosstalk will increase at high attitude settings and when stereo spread and/or bass to center controls are used.

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