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Basic Live Sound Reinforcement by Penny Pattison, Raven Biederman

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Chapter 10

The Mixer

Shaping the Signal with the P.A. UI

Mixers: The Brains of the Operation

Mixer Types

Studio and Broadcast Consoles

Rack Mounted Live Mixers

FOH Mixer Anatomy

Inputs and Outputs

Ins and Outs and Mixer Models

Common Ins and Outs

Channel Strip

Master Controls

Meters

Monitor Mixers

Digital Mixers

Analog vs. Digital: The Debate

Digital Advantages

Digital Disadvantages

While every part of the P.A. is equally important, the mixer is where much of the magic happens. Of course there will always be factors that will impact the sound and are out of the control of the live engineer. One example includes the acoustic qualities of the room that can’t be accounted for with careful setup and tuning of the P.A. system. Another is the quality ...

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