Analog mixers are important part in PA systems. The mixer is where all the audio sources are connected to; instruments, microphones, speakers, and even your phone to playback music. There are several things to consider when shopping for an analog mixer:
Analog mixers are available from 5 inputs to 32 inputs. When purchasing an analog mixer just consider the following question: how many channels do you need? Count the instruments, microphones, and other audio sources, and choose a mixer with that has a few extra channels more than you need if a new member is added to the band. Analog mixers have different inputs channels: microphone inputs with an XLR connector, line inputs with a 1/4 connectors, stereo channels with 1/4 or RCA connectors. Confused? Don't worry, you can always call us: 803-716-8645
Outputs - Aux outs
The signal that comes into the mixer has to come out of the mixer. All analog mixers come standard with left & right main outputs. These send your mix to the main speakers. Additional outputs are needed if to send signal to monitors on stage. Think of where you need to send your signal; main speakers, musicians, extra rooms, a recorder, and that tells you how many outputs you need.
Analog mixers come with a USB port to send your mix to a computer for recording, or podcasting applications. Some mixers only send the main outputs to the computers, others send all the channels to the computer this is called multitrack recording.
These groups are also call subgroups, you can group several channels into one group; for example, all the drums can be assigned to group 1, all the vocals to group 2, etc. This is great because it gives you more control over your mix.
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