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Thomann's Cool Online Guides: Mixers

2. Overview

Mixers are available in a great deal of formats and sizes, and even though most share the same
FundamentalThe frequency of a musical sound that is perceived as being its essential pitch, other (higher) frequencies being harmonics contributing to the character or timbre of the sound.
fundamentals
, there are many variants and options to choose from. As a
ConsoleA device through which audio signals are routed for mixing, monitoring, processing and re-routed for either recording, amplification or both. A console contains a number of channel strips and a selection of auxiliary, monitoring and main outputs.
mixer
will probably be one of the largest single purchases you’ll make for your set-up, it’s particularly important to know your exact requirements before buying.

Historically, mixers were designed specifically for use in either a live or a studio setting, whereas these days, particularly at the low to mid-end of the market, the flexibility incorporated into their designs means that the same
ConsoleA device through which audio signals are routed for mixing, monitoring, processing and re-routed for either recording, amplification or both. A console contains a number of channel strips and a selection of auxiliary, monitoring and main outputs.
mixer
can often be put to good use in either environment. Whether you are intending to use your
ConsoleA device through which audio signals are routed for mixing, monitoring, processing and re-routed for either recording, amplification or both. A console contains a number of channel strips and a selection of auxiliary, monitoring and main outputs.
mixer
in a studio, or as a front of house (FOH) or
Monitor1) Recording studio loudspeaker. 2) Stage loudspeaker, usually wedge-shaped, facing the performers so that they may hear themselves. 3) Computer display screen.
monitor
ConsoleA device through which audio signals are routed for mixing, monitoring, processing and re-routed for either recording, amplification or both. A console contains a number of channel strips and a selection of auxiliary, monitoring and main outputs.
mixer
, you should always consider the different scenarios you may encounter in the future. Limited numbers of inputs, outputs and auxiliary sends are the most common shortcomings of mixers, so it’s a good idea to have a few extra as you’ll often find yourself needing them at a later date.

Allen & Heath GL2400 Live Sound Mixer

Although even the most basic mixers can appear daunting to the uninitiated, once you understand a single input channel and the main output section, you’re pretty much there - ultimately, everything can broken down into either inputs or outputs. The input section of the
ConsoleA device through which audio signals are routed for mixing, monitoring, processing and re-routed for either recording, amplification or both. A console contains a number of channel strips and a selection of auxiliary, monitoring and main outputs.
mixer
will typically have
MicrophoneA device which converts airborne sound into an electrical signal.
microphone
inputs on
BalancedTerm used to describe a system of audio connection that employs phase inversion noise cancellation. Using two signal wires and an earth, the audio is split and phase inverted in the second signal wire. On reaching the destination the second signal is re-inverted and combined with the first. Any electromagnetic interference is picked up equally by each signal cable and so will be cancelled out by the phase inversion. A balanced line requires balanced equipment at both ends.
balanced
XLRA 3-pin audio connector usually used for balanced audio connections and the standard connector for microphones requiring phantom power.
XLR
connectors,
UnbalancedAn audio connection where both wires (or 'legs') carry signal, even when one of them also acts as a shield (as opposed to a balanced connection which uses two wires PLUS a shield).
unbalanced
line inputs on
JackA connector used for audio input/output on many devices including sound modules, mixing desks and guitars. Usually found in 6.4mm and 3.5mm varieties, either mono, or stereo/balanced/TRS (Tip Ring Sleeve).
jack
connectors, or often a combination of both. Each input channel will have a selection of signal processing controls such as
TrimThe initial gain control on a mixer or other audio device such as a mic preamp, often labelled 'gain'. Trim/gain adjustment is crucial to maintaining a clean gain structure and good signal-to-noise ratio.
gain
, EQ,
PanShort for 'panorama', pan refers to the positioning of a mono source in the stereo spectrum, and to a controller (usually a rotary knob) by which this is achieved, often referred to as a 'pan pot'.
pan
and auxiliary or ‘aux’h sends. The output section
GroupThe combination of a number of audio channels in hardware or software so that they may be controlled together.
groups
all the inputs together ready for any final processing, before being sent to the main stereo output. In some cases you will find ‘groups’ or ‘buses’ where a collection of individual channels can be grouped together to form a sub-mix, allowing them all to be controlled by a single
FaderVariable level control in the form of a slider usually found on audio mixing consoles, allowing attenuation of audio signals, also used on control surfaces for control of a variety of parameters.
fader
, before the group’s own output is routed to the
Master1) The final version of an audio recording or album that has been prepared for release. 2) The physical medium on which this recording is stored or transferred, such as a glass master CD, CDR or vinyl master from which a production run will be replicated or pressed.
master
section. We’ll look at each of these functions more closely in the ‘features’ section.

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