Rane Mixer, used by Grandmaster Flash

Rane Mixer, used by Grandmaster Flash

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This Empath audio mixer was made by the Rane Corporation, Mukilteo, Washington. It is a Grandmaster Flash Gold Signature edition, serial number (21) 00425549, 3-channel, 10” format mixer. A mixer, also called a sound board, mixing desk, or audio production console, is an electronic device for combining or “mixing” audio from multiples sources such as turntables or cd players and equalizing, cross-fading, adjusting timbre, and changing dynamics of audio signals to an external source such as speakers or a recording device.
Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Saddler), was born in Barbados in 1958. Growing up in the Bronx, he was influenced by his father’s massive record collection. As a teenager, Grandmaster Flash first experimented with DJ equipment and became involved in the New York DJ scene while attending daytime technical school courses in electronics. The innovations and techniques developed by Grandmaster Flash established him as one of the pioneers of hip hop and deejaying.
Object Name
Rane Corporation
place made
United States: Washington, Mukilteo
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 33.5 cm x 25.5 cm x 10 cm; 13 3/16 in x 10 1/32 in x 3 15/16 in
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accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Grandmaster Flash
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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