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Gator GMIX-12PU-TSA - Pop-Up Mixer Case w/ TSA Latches; 12U; 6.5" Deep Reviews

4.0 stars based on 3 customer reviews
  • Ron M
    from Sydney, Australia June 2, 2012Music Background:
    Over 40 years as a Sound Supervisor/Audio Director, mostly live and on location.

    A Life-Changer

    Why drop half a star?

    The product pix are of a prototype that doesn't have the additional excellent, sturdy spring-loaded "two person sharing" carry handles that Gator now include "above" and "below" the mixer rack.

    Carrying via the "top" one (clockwise from the luxurious "main", red one that IS visible) can distend the rugged, impact absorbing, polyethylene wall enough for the mixer to drop below its small retaining brackets and swing about its hinge point, ...a possibly fatal "death rattle".

    HOWEVER...

    My simple cure (that I hope Gator will shortly include) has yielded an extraordinary storage bonus that (for over six months now) has been a major contributor to my life on the road having changed forever.

    I've simply inserted a shock-absorbing "floor" upon which the flat-folded mixer "sits" in transit, fashioned from diced "pick apart" foam left over from my other road cases.

    This has allowed me to carve custom cutouts that accommodate old zippered mic pouches containing vital "bits", such as adapters, accessories and the mixer's IEC mains lead.

    When travelling, the mixer's bottom (in my case Yamaha's spectacularly powerful 5016CF) secures them in their cutouts, having first taken care that these additions are placed so that they can in NO way ever exert pressure on mixer internals.

    That's not all.

    Gator's unique "ratchet lift" has revolutionised my "bump-in"/"bump-out" routine in that I now run cabling, route it through the top handle which provides a tidy, central "grabber" and simply "fling" it to drape through the gap at the top of the rack frame, ...with the mixer raised to its maximum height

    After subsequent connection and testing, there's plenty of internal space underneath (even at the lowest operational level, ...easily obtained) for hiding "mess" such as excess cable, power distribution boards and "wall wart" plug-packs for receivers, computers and the like.

    Then there's the sweaty subject of thermodynamics.

    Being Australian, I regularly need to operate the Yamaha's kilowatt of fan-cooled internal amplification in environments of over 80% humidity at more than 35 C.

    The operation of the bottom air inlets and top exhaust fans can actually be dramatically IMPROVED with Gator's ratchet system. It's a simple matter of raising the system's angle in response to higher ambient temperature.

    I also know of nothing else to match it for obtaining all weather protection under a hatchback's raised tailgate, this GMIX case being the only way I've found of quickly achieving this at a perfect operating angle with total stability.

  • Rone
    from Hamilton,Ohio,USA January 25, 2012Music Background:
    Live and Studio musician

    On the road with the gator gmix-12pu-tsa

    Working out great,Great protector for anything and anywhere

  • Eric
    from Texas November 21, 2011Music Background:
    Musician/Live sound engineer

    Good Case

    This case does what it should. I put a Peavey XR1212 in it and it fit perfectly. Good protection and easy to use. The board tilting feature is very nice. I had one problem with this case, and that kept it from getting 5 stars. When I received it, the tabs that are supposed to hold it from going past its lowered position were too short. The rack would slide past them. I had to bend them out about a 1/4 inch for the case to work as it should. For what it cost, I shouldn't have to modify it to work properly. But it does now and it's a good case.

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