The A-Designs ATTY2'D is a six-channel unit, 100% passive circuitry It is the big brother of the successful ATTY passive audio line level controller.
The ATTY2'D (pronounced "attitude") is the result of A-Designs Audio response to multiple requests from audio professionals who found its smaller sibling (the two-channel ATTY line-level attenuator) highly useful, but needed more channels and wanted the convenience of a rack mounted device. ATTY2'D is a six-channel unit, providing two stereo channels and two mono channels, each with its own level control and mute button - particularly handy if you're working with multiple sets of pre-amps. ATTY2'D's 100% passive circuitry and balanced XLR inputs and outputs allow it to easily integrate into your studio, live or broadcast setup - whether you're connecting directly to other XLR-equipped gear, or wiring it to a patch bay.
Apart from its ability to provide transparent attenuation for line-level devices (such as CD/DVD/MP3 players), it's particularly useful as a preamp output gain control in multi-mic recording situations. With the proper ATTY2'D, you can maintain input levels at the sweet spot and record without any adverse affects on sound quality. If you're using a four-channel preamp with a hot output (like the API 3124) on drums, just use ATTY2'D's stereo channels on toms and overheads along with the mono channels on kick and snare - problem solved! One of the most frequent use of ATTY2'D is for level control of multiple powered-monitor pairs. If you're looking for high- quality control of multiple powered monitor pairs, ATTY2'D is an excellent solution, thanks to its audiophile-grade components and rugged industrial design. ATTY2'D's stereo channels with individual level knobs and mute buttons let you select and volume match two pairs of powered monitors, while the two mono channels (also with their own level knobs and mute buttons) allow you to easily engage and dial in a subwoofer and single point-source speaker (for checking mono compatibility), or you can also use the dual mono channels for a third stereo pair of monitors.
The center of ATTY2'D's front panel features a large rectangular-shaped Master Mute switch that silences all six channels at once. ATTY2'D also functions comfortably as a level controller for a 5.1 surround system - one set for the front L/R, the other for the rear L/R, and the two mono channels dedicated to the center channel and subwoofer, respectively. ATTY2'D is also a go-to piece for contractors and professional sound system installers all over the world, who use it for things like fine tuning the audio in corporate conference rooms, or for installs in pubs and sports bars to adjust the monitor levels in different rooms, or dial in separate sound systems at game time. Whether you're using it to tweak diverse multiple sources in a complex recording setup, or to balance and control multiple stereo monitors or surround, there's no doubt you'll benefit from an ATTY2'D adjustment!