RemoteMix 2 Lives Up to Its Name
Calif. — When I think of JK Audio’s RemoteMix line of products, I
think of useful tools in small packages. Continuing with this ideal,
JK Audio has put forth the RemoteMix 2, their newest two-channel
field mixer, in the familiar RemoteMix package and style. It is like
the little brother of the RemoteMix 3.5 and 4 products.
RemoteMix 2 maintains many features of its elder brethren — XLR
microphone inputs with the second channel providing a switchable
microphone to line-level pad, 1/4-inch TRS headphone outputs,
1/4-inch TRS/TRRS shared cue/cellular interface, 1/8-inch line input
and line outputs and a nice LED vu meter — but it also maintains
the analog POTS hybrid and a handy dual 9V battery compartment that
allows for hot-swapping your batteries during extended use.
order to fit all of this into a package that is two inches narrower,
1.5 inches shallower and a little more than 0.5 inches shorter than
the RemoteMix 3.5 and 4, some features of these products do not exist
in the RemoteMix 2. The company has removed Bluetooth and the
handset accessory interface, as well as the 48V phantom power
supplies. It maintains the cue volume input control, but it trades
the master volume output for an auxiliary input volume control.
practical terms, it’s still a very useful device, but some missing
features may limit its utility. For many of our live remotes, we came
to really enjoy the handset accessory interface, as cellular service
can be spotty and a POTS line is not always available. The ability to
interconnect through a PBX or VoIP handset saved the day on many
occasion, even when we had an IP codec available. The handset
interface was an excellent method for calling into our hybrid located
at the studio and providing a low-delay IFB or caller audio path for
mixing at the remote location, or for covering during the inevitable
received a pre-production demonstration unit from JK Audio early June
and after the standard unboxing and bench tests, we wanted to see how
this mixer measured up to its bigger brothers in the field.
we found the perfect opportunity at a concert we were covering. The
situation required delivering remote audio by using a laptop with a
USB audio interface at the remote site to edit the audio and then
upload it to the studios. For this remote, the onsite crew wanted to
add a second microphone for interviews as well as a line-level input
for capturing the audio from the stage.
this setup we connected the microphones directly to the XLR
microphone connectors, and the talent headphones were connected to
the first headphone port. To feed the computer audio back to the
talent, we used the included 1/8-inch-to-1/4-inch cable and connected
that through the cue input connector. Finally, for the stage feed, we
were provided a 1/4-inch stereo line and connected that to the
auxiliary input through a 1/4-inch- to-1/8-inch adapter.
this duty, the RemoteMix 2 was an excellent solution. Setup and staff
training were quick and easy, and we were able to leave the device in
their hands and on battery power for the entirety of the six-hour
remote without incident.
the end, even though it lacks some high-end features of the RemoteMix
3.5 and 4 products, it’s every bit as rugged and easy to use, and
the sound quality is still excellent.
information, contact JK Audio in Illinois at (815) 786-2929 or visit