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Getting to know your mixing board and bussing


Upon first glance of a studio mixer, it looks complicated. It really is not. Once you get to know one channel strip, all the rest are the same. The mixer itself is made up of various different sliders that control the amplitude of a track. The Channel strip acts as a volume control, equalizer, and many other things. It's important to understand that the channel strip controls the level of the INPUT of the instrument, not the output. Confusing these two will result in feedback loops, unwanted distortion and more problems. the INPUT level is the level before the instrument or performance goes into the recording software. The mixer also has a preamplifier for your microphone. The gives power and amplification to your mic. You would plug your microphone into the XLR jack on the back or sometimes top of the mixer. There are also 1/4 inch jacks for instruments.
Another important thing when using a mixer is the bus feature.
Signals enter a mixer through inputs and leave on buses. A bus is simply an independent route out of a mixer. The most common example is the master stereo bus, corresponding to the main left and right stereo outputs. A mixer bus accepts signals from all channels assigned to it and takes them to a specific place, usually an output. When using a digital mixer within software such as ProTools, you can take 4 tracks with vocals on them and bus all 4 to a new auxiliary track. On this new track you can add compression and EQ to all 4 vocal tracks at once instead of compression and EQ on each individual track. This saves time and computer processing power.

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