Mixers are a great way to get hands-on with your studio production or manage multiple signals in a live setup. The ability to alter parameters from audio chains on the fly is an essential part of professional audio engineering. Mixing desks come in all shapes and sizes and for all applications. Whether it's to mix multiple feeds from your live room as you record a band, to combine numerous wireless signals on set for a film or TV recording, or to balance 20 inputs with the acoustics of a theatre before a live show, mixing consoles are an integral part of most professional audio setups.
Audio mixers have numerous parameters to be aware of when purchasing. The number of channels a mixer can handle is one of the first considerations. There are models that provide simple 2 channel solutions for location recording and mobile setups and there are huge mixing consoles that offer enormous I/O possibilities for live situations and professional studios. Knowing how many inputs and outputs you need will help you make a decision here. Most audio mixers boast an array of functionality to help you shape and direct the incoming signals, like EQ, dynamic processing, mix buses for grouping channels, mono and stereo setups, monitoring distribution, settings recall and of course level faders.
Audio mixers also come in different formats depending on their intended use. Most large scale mixing consoles have their own shape and design specific to that model and have accompanying cases sold separately. Other smaller mixers may be rack-mountable for fixed installation or flight cases. If you need advice on any of the options shown here, please don't hesitate to contact us.