A mic pre, summing mixer and monitor section all in one.
Requires Shadow Hills PSU (not included).
The Shadow Hills Equinox is a complete recording console.
First, the control room section features a twenty-four-position discrete
monitor volume control and a three-position speaker selector. The four position
input selector chooses from: DAW 1+2, Channels 3 - 32 summed, 2-track or
external input, and Mic Pre.
The summing buss is a 30-channel mixer utilizing copper buss
bars and esoteric resistors, for simply the finest sounding passive monitor
section ever made. Combined through our switchable custom output transformers,
Nickel, Iron, and Steel. Effectively giving you the sound of three different
consoles. The Mic Pres are the same as our stellar Gama.
There is a built in talkback microphone and a dim and a mono
stereo switch. The Equinox may just be the most solid two rack spaces ever
built. With it you can record, mix, and monitor to the tolerance of a bygone
The front panel is engraved. The knobs are bake-lite, and
the two-rack space external power supply will work in any country on any
A dual channel version of the Golden Age Microphone Amp, and
30 channel summing mixer in a 2u package. The microphone preamp features three
selectable output transformers, to create a broad pallet of sonic
characteristics. 24 position Stepped input switches included. 60DB gain, phase,
48v, 1/4" DI.
Custom Steel Transformer (hand wound to match a favorite
1970's American output transformer.) Tight and punchy, the sound of rock and
Custom Nickel Transformer (hand wound transformer based on a
L.A. custom console) Super clear and wonderful sounding.
Iron Transformer modern version of the class a St. Ives 1166
Neve output transformer.
The mode switch selects between microphone preamp and
sixteen or thirty-two channel summing mixer. The mixer output also uses the
selectable output transformers, thus allowing three different sounding mix buss
options. The control volume section includes: Control room volume, 3 speaker
selector, 2x two track inputs. You toggle between your DAW stereo mix, the
summing mixer's stereo output, or just the 2x mic pre outputs. Dim, mute and
talk back. Rear panel connections: sum buss inputs via DB25, in stereo pairs.
Odd/left, even/right. All other connections via XLR.
3 Speaker selector on 1 DB25 - XLR cable wired as:
- 1+2 - Speaker set a
- 3+4 - Speaker set b
- 5+6 - Speaker set c
- 7+8 - Cue outputs
The Equinox represents all that is right about Peter Reardon
and his Shadow Hills Industries products. It's beautiful, it's functional, it's
innovative, it's a throwback to another time that anticipates the needs of the
future, and it's not cheap; but it's probably worth triple its price.
The Equinox is a two-channel preamp; 32-channel summing
buss; and master section complete with talkback mic, dim switch, mono/stereo
switch, and outputs to three sets of monitors and your headphone amp; with a
pair of green “magic-eye” VU meters; contained in a sturdy 2U-height steel
Shadow Hills Industries Equinox
The first thing that people notice about Shadow Hills boxes
is the use of black Bakelite-style knobs and glowing green filaments that
scream contemporary Batcave... but the defining feature of Peter’s work to date
lies in the switchable output transformer settings. Each channel can be set to
Nickel, Iron, or Steel. Steel is punchy, thick but bright, and is likely based
on the vintage '70s API sound. Iron is essentially the St. Ives 1166 Neve
hardware. And Nickel is softer and gooier and is based on a custom L.A.
console. These three options not only are applicable on the two preamps going
into your DAW but on the 32-channel summing buss coming out as well.
Therefore, you can route your digital signals out of your
DAW and sum in the Equinox, switching the output transformer on your mix to
emulate one of three heavy duty console textures; and remember, this is
old-world hardware, not a digital simulation. The summing buss uses esoteric Holco
metal film resistors (the same ones in Shadow Hills custom mastering consoles)
located right next to the input transformers— wiring at its finest, which is
reflected in the clean, fat sound.
The Equinox feels and sounds as if you are working on an actual
console. This is no minor thrill for those of us who built our skills on
computer DAWs. The talkback mic/ dim feature in the master section will make
communication with the performer far more convenient and professional.
The mic preamps have their own separate I/O, so you do not
have to spend any time behind the unit changing cables when you are mixing
versus when you are tracking. The Equinox comes with a separate 2U power
supply. The required connectors and cords are not cheap to purchase and should
be factored into the total cost. All 32 summing inputs along with the speaker
outputs are D sub. The preamp cabling is balanced XLR of course. There are also
balanced XLR inserts on the 2-buss which I use for external processing after
On the front panel, the master section has input choices for
DAW, internal summing buss, external 2-track, and the built-in mic preamps.
This makes it possible to toggle between in-the-box DAW and Equinox-summed
mixes. You also have monitor volume control, stepped gain knobs for the two
preamp/summing channels, and the expected phantom power, polarity, and pad
switches. Finally there is the speaker-select knob to choose one of three sets
of speaker outputs, as well as a mono/stereo switch and talkback toggle.
The Equinox is so visually stunning and sturdy and has so
many features that it is easy to overlook that the most inspiring and useful
feature by far is the sound. Essentially two high-end mic preamps and hardware
summing of the highest quality, this unit has improved my mixes immeasurably.
As an early owner of one of the other summing boxes (I found it too
transparent), I was skeptical of outboard summing, but the Shadow Hills Equinox
has made me a believer.
Jim Roll, TapeOp