Mixing – Consoles and how they work

The Front of House mixer

The mixer is the nerve center of your show and provides all of the main network and controls required to create the ‘out-front’ sound and often the monitors as well. Every sound that is going to be in the mix will be fed into the mixer, adjusted if required and then sent back out to the PA system amplifiers.

Variously called a console, board or desk, the mixer carries the main level and EQ controls for each channel in a vertical strip and arranged in a ‘frame’ that usually has many channel strips along with other strips and modules to perform various duties. The most common frame sizes are 16, 24, 32, 40, 48 and 56 although other sizes are available.

Mixers can be analog or digital, ...

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