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Recording and Producing Audio for Media by Stanley R. Alten

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Chapter 5. Consoles and Control Surfaces

A console (also known as a board, mixer, or, in Europe, mixing desk) takes input signals and amplifies, balances, processes, combines, and routes them to broadcast or recording.[1] Many consoles also store operational data. Mixers do essentially the same thing, but the console is larger in most models, is more complex, performs several processing functions, and is designed essentially for use in the studio. In the majority of modern console systems, many if not most functions are computer-assisted. The mixer is smaller and, compared with studio-size consoles, performs limited processing operations, which may or may not be computer-assisted.

Although mixers can be used anywhere, their size and compactness ...

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