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Home Studio Essentials by Jeff Touzeau

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Chapter 5. Mixers and Controllers

These days, the way mixers are used is largely different from how they were used in the past. Decades ago, the mixer was the undisputed “brains” of a studio setup and could be relied on for any number of tasks, including (but not limited to) preamplification, signal processing, signal routing, and of course mixdown—or the combination of multiple tracks into a stereo track.

Clearly, the DAW has very capably picked up many of these tasks. This is a good thing, because it has enabled the home studio user to dramatically reduce the footprint of his or her equipment, and for many, it has given the mixer a more defined role. The onset of the DAW has also forced users to examine their own highly individual processes and ...

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