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mixer mounting in rack case, tip to pass on

Dave Horne

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I'll pass on this tip to those of you who have your mixer mounted in a rack case. I own a Mackie 12 channel mixer and when mounted in a rack case with its rack ears, the mixer stands vertically in the case. It is difficult to work with since it is vertical to the floor and not tilted back for easier viewing.


My mixer now sits back at a 45 degree angle and also saves space in my case. This was so easy to accomplish I have no idea why this was not mentioned in the owners manual. (BTW, I'm sure this concept will apply to any mixer using rack ears.)


I used two pieces of plastic to extend the mixer back. You know those pieces of plastic we use on the sides of CD, DVD and hard drives, etc. to pop them into the computer case? Well, I had extra 'side mounts' laying around and simply used them; they were the perfect length and were not being used. You will need to drill a hole in the plastic and you attach one end in the middle side of the mixer and the other end on the rack ears. For heavier mixers, and for those of you who think those plastic side mounts are not sturdy enough, it is easy enough to use a piece of metal to accomplish the same task.


Since the mixer is now tilted back, the jacks that plug into the top of the mixer don't waste any vertical space since they enter at an angle. I've saved about three rack spaces this way and am amazed I didn't think of this sooner.

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I have my Korg MS2000R in a rack. Don't like the set up and it takes up to much space. Plus, I have the problem of having to use L shape plugs since I only have one available rack space of the device. Pain in the neck. I'm thinking of trying your fix or going with a rack drawer.
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