The D&R Dayner, the latest acquisition of the Sternstudio's, is a modular mixer build and designed in Holland in the late 80's till early 90's. The D&R Dayner came in five 'chassis frames' sizes, holding either 21, 31 42, 59 or 84 modules (and you could choose between either a desktop frame or a 'studio' frame). There were 4 different types of modules to choose from: line channel, split channel, a patchbay and a tape return module with 4 tape returns, and ofcourse you had the extensive master module with 8 aux sends (which takes the room of 3 modules and can be placed anywhere in the frame). The most beautiful feature of this (and some other-) D&R's is the 'floating subgroup' system, which allows you to have the 8 subgroups where you want them instead of on a fixed place on the board, and it also allows you to have as many summed outputs as you need, limited only by the number of input modules in your frame. There where two types of channel modules. A line module with line input, mic input, channel insert, group insert and tape send, effectively 5 aux sends (where aux 3,4, 5 are switchable to aux 6,7,8), phase, phantom, six segment LED bar, a semi paramteric EQ, ALP fader and the floating subgroup system. The other type of module was the split module, which could be split into 2, allowing you to have equalization on both inputs, on the same channel, at the same time. During it's lifespan, D&R revised the Dayner atleast once. Old modules have the old square looking DR logo (without the & ), newer modules have a new logo (with the & imposed on the D and the R). The mixer is extremely quiet. In comparence to my old D&R 900, the Dayner isn't noisy at all and has lots of headroom. It's not as woolly sounding, more transparent, but still with a certain character. Perhaps it won't do much good in a modern pro-studio, but considering todays prices, I think the Dayner is definitely favourable above the typical home stiudio mxers such as Behringers and Mackies. If you want to buy one, there's some things you should know. If you encounter one with humming or a crackling sound, either the ribbon cables that connect the different modules are screwed up, or there's something wrong with the PSU (the 59 and 84 chassis systems require two PSU's). As far as I can tell there is no audible difference between the old line modules wit the old logo and the revised ones, nor is there a difference between the build of these line modules, except in the ribbon cables. Still it is advisable to find the newer modules with the new logo rather then the old ones. Even if there's no technical difference at all (which I'm not sure of), there is still the difference in age. Speaking of age: if you buy one, always consider the fact that is an old console; there's always something that should be replaced or cleaned and redoing the solder joints is something you'll do often and a lot of parts like pots are obsolete. If you don't want to spend some time with a soldering iron once in a while, better search for something new.more
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