Direct Outs on a PM-1000 board (again with the PM-1000!!!)

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Echo North

Well-known member
Jan 21, 2006
Seattle, WA
I have read a few posts about this issue and am still a little unclear. I have successfully racked PM-1000 strips so I am pretty familiar with their design.

Here is my idea. I want to create direct outs for the first 8 channels of a 16 channel board. My idea is to build a breakout box that would house 8 xlr outs and corresponding output transformers. I was thinking I would run all wires from this box through a large rubber tub (think snake) into a whole in the board then attach the wires to each channel strip as I did when I did the two channel rack job.

Basically I'm creating and attaching a snake permanently to the board. If this goes well i would create a new box and wire for the next 8 channels.

I'm an amateur. Is this a stupid idea?



Brown Note

Well-known member
Dec 29, 2005
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
you should be alright. just remember that the snake will be susceptible to RF. unless your direct outs are going to be driving a true 600ohm load you might want to consider foregoing the transformers and just running hi-z. 8 good transformers ain't cheap. not to mention that the pm1k's ability to drive a 600:600 trafo is in question:

other than that i see no reason why this wouldn't work. good luck.