CHAPTER 11 Mixers and Mixing Consoles



The heart of your recording studio is the mixer. It's a control center where you plug in all sorts of signals; mix or blend them; add effects, EQ, and stereo positioning; and route the signals to recorders and monitor speakers. A mixing console (also called board or desk) is a large mixer with many controls.

A recorder-mixer combines a mixer and a multitrack recorder in a single portable chassis. This convenient unit is also called a mini-studio, portable studio, or digital multitracker. Low-end recorder- mixers record 4 tracks, and high-end units record 8 to 32 tracks.


First let's review the three stages of using a mixer during a session: recording, overdubbing, and mixdown.


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