The recording studio - Studio mixer

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A mixer (point C in the studio outline) is a piece of equipment that can gather a set of different kinds of audio signals and route them towards one or more common destinations. It therefore has a set of inputs that receive the sound signals that need to be manipulated, and a set of outputs to which the appropriately mixed and manipulated signals are sent.

Let's imagine that we have a 24-input mixer to which we apply the same number of audio signals. The main action we'd perform then to mix these input signals and send them to a single stereo output (mixdown [Mixing ] ). Apart from mixing the signals, a mixer allows them to be manipulated one by one for different purposes and sent to various destinations, as we shall shortly describe.

The following is a diagram of a common mixer:

The recording studio - Diagram of a common mixer

Diagram of a common mixer

As mentioned in the introduction, this whole area of our studies needs to be put into practice for it to be fully understood, and it is therefore advisable to read the rest of this chapter with a studio mixer in front of you. In any case, we will refer to the diagram above which displays all the basic functions of a mixer.

Three principle sections are particularly noteworthy: the channels, the groups, and the master section.








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