When this was written, mixing console design was my day job, so to speak, and I was doing hi-fi design purely as a spare-time pursuit. Having been responsible for many of the contemporary improvements in mixing console design (such as the padless mic amp and the active panpot) I thought it might be a good plan to publicise these in Electronics World. After consulting those set in authority over me, a fine balance was struck between offering solid, accurate technical content and not giving away too much to our competitors. The padless microphone amp and the active panpot could be described in some detail, as they were fully covered by patents.
I was a bit more cautious about the electronic switching, as that was not patented. The ...
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