First post, by mothergoose729
I have multiple sound sources that can be playing at any one time (a common problem in DOS games), and I also have a number of sound cards that I switch between with a hardware switch. Rather than a complex daisy chain of inputs and outputs that gets noisy and dumb, I thought a better solution would be to buy a simple mixer.
I am not much of an audio guy myself, so I might be talking gibberish. By mixer I mean I just want to merge them into a single output and be able to adjust the volume on each source. Nothing crazy. I know I need the following:
- 3 inputs, ideally 3.5mm or RCA
- Volume control
- RCA output
- Small footprint (limited desk space)
- Not expensive (50$ or less would be ideal)
An even better solution would be a digital mixer that I can output with TOSLINK or SPDIF. All of my sound sources except 1 are capable of digital out. A cursory google search suggests that all of those solutions are complex and expensive.
The three audio devices I plan to mix are - External midi device (my PC with MUNT mostly), the sound card output, and I want to run the CD audio from my optical drive out as well.
BTW while I am here, does anybody know what equipment I would need to convert 2 pin digital CD audio to 3.5mm or RCA? It seems simple enough to wire the 4 pin out to 3.5mm but I would like to bypass the internal DAC if I can.
Thoughts and suggestions are appreciated 😁. Thanks!