Dangerous Music 2-BUS+ Analog Summing Mixer

16 x 2 Analog Summing Mixer with Harmonic Distortion Generator, FET Limiter, Variable Stereo Transformers, and Stereo Insert
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Next-Generation Analog Summing

The Dangerous Music 2-BUS+ is a 2U, 16-channel analog-summing mixer with both XLR and D-sub inputs. It raises the bar on its legendary 2-BUS predecessor with even lower crosstalk, distortion, and noise-floor performance along with stunningly precise soundstaging and center focus. Dangerous spent over two years developing three onboard audio processors that let you, with a simple push of a button and the twist of a knob, add tone and color to your stems or across your entire mix directly from the 2-BUS+. The 2-BUS+ is smartly designed, extremely useful, and sounds incredible. At Sweetwater, we'd expect nothing less from Dangerous Music.

A trio of custom audio processors

In sync with Dangerous Music's doctrine of tonal coloration as a per-project artistic choice, the 2-BUS+ features three separate custom audio processors that let you selectively add tone and color to your mixes. In parallel-processing mode, you can deploy "Harmonics," a tuned harmonic distortion generator and "Paralimit," a FET limiter on steroids. You can apply both of these across your stereo mix or on a pair of stems. "X-Former" kicks in a pair of custom transformers with core-saturation control on your stereo mix outs. You can have all three tone processors active concurrently, and you can flip the order of signal flow through distortion and limiting.

Outstanding flexibility

Dangerous Music knows that each engineer - and session - is unique, so they designed the 2-BUS+ for outstanding professional flexibility. They spec'd it with an XLR stereo insert before the outputs for adding a separate compressor or processing chain that you can bypass at the touch of a button for a quick reference comparison. Channels 1/2 and 9/10 can be set to mono to route, for instance, vocals/bass and kick/snare each to own mono input. They also gave the 2-BUS+ an output control stepped in .5dB increments from -4dB to +6dB, and included XLR connections for both the Main and Monitor outputs.

Gang 'em for high channel count

Need a full-on analog "console" summing experience? Gang together multiple 2-BUS+ units via the Stereo Expansion Inputs XLR to create a customized channel count. For the ultimate in tonal flexibility and control, the custom audio processors on each unit apply across the ganged group output. With three units, for instance, you'll have 48 channels of analog summing, with the first two units employing Harmonics (distortion), and Paralimit (limiter) across two separate stereo stems, and the third unit applying X-Former transformer saturation on the master stereo outputs.

Dangerous Music 2-BUS+ Features:
  • 16 inputs, two outputs
  • Transformer with Saturation Control
  • FET Limiter with Blend Control
  • Harmonics Emphasis Control
  • External Insert Loop
Get next-gen analog summing with the Dangerous Music 2-BUS+!

Additional Media

New Gear Announced at GearFest 2015
Dangerous Music 2-BUS+ Analog Summing Mixer Review by Sweetwater Sound

Tech Specs

Type Analog
Channels 16 x 2
Inputs - Line 2 x DB-25,
Inputs - Other 2 x XLR (Exp)
Outputs - Main 2 x XLR
Outputs - Other 2 x XLR (Monitor)
Send/Return I/O 2 x XLR (Send), 2 x XLR (Return)
Rackmountable Yes
Height 3.5"
Width 19"
Manufacturer Part Number 2Bus+

Customer Reviews

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The Best investment you will ever make.

I have Neumann M149 with a Vintech X73i sounds great but even with this combo you still get that digital harshness and end up using heaps of plugins to make the sound smooth and still are not 100% happy with the sound, The Dangerous Analog signal path eliminates digital harshness and your Vocal will sound smooth with hardly any plugins its truly amazing, Also helps you Bass and Kick to sound right with out Muddying up your Music, This is the best investment I have ever made, I use this with my D box as well, Know I can produce Music like the big Boys.
Music background: DJ Producer/Singer


This box is so sweet it will take you to new heights. It's like the secret weapon in my arsenal. I produce in the box in logic x and then mix down with a combination of my 2-BUS+ and Dangerous D-box summing through 24 outputs. Man the sound is fabulous and with the added transformer knob, harmonic distortion etc. there is just a liveliness now to my mixes.The knobs on this box feels firm and the box look really nice.This gear combined with my apollo 16 black and quad is powerful. I don't need anything again to carve out great mixes except for maybe an outboard comp which the D-BUS+ has an insert for.
Music background: Pannist, Music Teacher, Producer, Arranger.

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Carson McClain

I was sick of battling my mixes "inside the box" - the squashed and lifeless audio, the boring, one-dimensional DAW mixes that had no life left in them. The Dangerous Music 2-BUS+ gave me eight master faders in my DAW instead of one. It brought back depth, character, and dimensional imaging into my mixes. Plus, harmonics, parallel limiting, and transformer saturation - all on my master sum! I believe the 2-BUS+ is the piece of gear every modern digital, software-based studio needs.
See also: Dangerous Music, Dangerous Music Summing Mixers