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Working with Audio by Stanley R. Alten

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Chapter 8. Mixers, Consoles, and Control Surfaces

Mixers, consoles, and control surfaces perform essentially the same basic operations. They take input signals and route them to output sources such as broadcast, recording, and digital audio workstations.[1] They differ, however, in their complexity and, with a control surface, in the way signals are delegated.

Mixers

Compared to most studio-size consoles, mixers are smaller and lighter-weight with limited processing functions that may or may not be computer-assisted.[2] But like consoles, they have three basic control sections: input, output, and monitor.

The input section takes the incoming signal from a microphone and, if so equipped, other types of sound sources, such as a CD player, recorder ...

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