The Phoenix Nicerizer JR carries with it the same great tone that you'll get from any of Phoenix's product line. It's fat and thick sounding with a nod to historical Neve character but not as heavy handed in its color, allowing for a more forward, punchy response that still allows your guitar solo to cut through with blistering heat when you need it.
16 channels of summing, and every single channel has its own dedicated pan pot on the front panel. If you're sick of summing amps that only give you stereo pairs or stereo pairs with a few dedicated mono channels, rejoice! You can still operate that way if it makes the most sense to you, but you can also manage ALL of your panning outside the box with the precision pan pots of the nicerizer JR. Also, if you think you're missing out on features with the junior instead of getting the big brother Nicerizer MkII, think again. The Junior has the same great tone as its more expensive brother and still gives you dual sets of outputs in case you want to do master bus processing while also capturing a safety pair from your summed signal before it's been further processed.
Don't overlook the push button gain boost available on each of the 16 channels either. This is some next level flexibility that you won't find in most summing mixers. When you want to milk every last ounce of transformer coloration out of the Nicerizer JR, engage some or all of the 8dB boost switches on the front panel and you cook the transformers that much more, rounding out the transients a bit more, thickening and enhancing the bottom end even more and softening the top end... But when you're working on a mix that needs to maintain more subtlety and nuance while feeling more nimble, disengage those switches and you're left with a more subtle nuanced version of Phoenix's color.
Our flagship summing mixer, the Nicerizer 16 MkII, is renown for its precision imaging and robust tone. With the Nicerizer Jr. you can get all of that essential sound in a more affordable package.
Recording software companies brag about their “mixer,” but discerning engineers won’t settle for in-the-box mixing when the dimension, punch, and articulation of analog summing can vastly improve their productions. Phoenix’s Nicerizer series summing mixers incorporate features and circuitry that have made it a legendary tone machine.
The Nicerizer is a true mixer, with precision, dented pan knobs on each of the 16 channels. Our dented pan-pots are unmatched for both precision stereo placement and ease of recall, and they are a key ingredient the huge, open sound of the Nicerizer.
Transformers slow things down, which can be great in some cases, but if you’re stuck with transformers, then you’re stuck with slower transients (slew-rates). The Nicerizer Jr.’s electronically balanced input stage can be driven modestly for ultra-clear hi-fi sound, or you can engage a +8db switch on any channel individually to drive the circuit for a fatter, more saturated sound that only Discrete Class-A buffer amps can deliver.
Once mixed, the stereo signal hits a pair of our custom-wound DB694 output transformers, which we’ve coupled to Phoenix's proprietary, fully discrete DSOP-2 output amplifier. Even better, on the Nicerizer Jr. we’ve given you a pair of stereo main outputs, each with their own level control. The DSOP-2 represents the pinnacle of Class-A output circuits, offering a smooth transition from ultra-clean to beautifully saturated tones.
The Nicerizer’s 16 individual inputs can accept both balanced and unbalanced signals without any of the gain loss typical on most mixer inputs. This is an increasingly useful feature as looping through guitar pedals and even recording midi-driven analog synths in real time while mixing are fast becoming standard practices.