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Things to Consider When Buying Audio Mixers
Buying the right audio mixer can sound complicated, but that’s because they have a lot of great features to make your livestreaming or recording a lot easier and more professional. Audio mixers are easy to use because most of them come with easy-to-understand instructions that will have you mixing like a pro in no time. Nevertheless, you likely have a list of features that are important to you when shopping for a mixer, and this is the best way to make sure you get the right one in the end.
Comparing the features of different mixers is essential, and below are four things you might want to look at first.
Before you decide on the EQ feature, ask yourself how much sound-shaping capability you expect to get from your mixer. With this feature, you have several options to choose from. You can choose an EQ with just typical low/high frequency adjustments, or go all out and get one that offers multiband parametric EQ with high and low shelving. You’ll have to ascertain your needs first and decide which one is for you, but you do have a lot of options available to you.
Onboard Processors and Effects
You’ll have to decide if onboard processing is a priority for you, since you might be buying a new mixer that will go into a rig that already has that feature because it has outboard processing gear already included. The main advantage of onboard processing is that you won’t have to add or transport any outboard gear, which is a huge asset especially if you’re on the road a lot.
Buses and Routing
Take a look at your signal routing needs to decide what to do about this feature. You’ll need plenty of aux sends to handle this task if you’re sending out recording feeds, monitor mixes, and external effects mixes all at the same time. The more you send out, the more you’ll need to look at this feature.
Inputs and Channels
When you’re looking at the number of inputs and channels, you have to consider not just your current needs but your future needs as well. Ask yourself how many of each you need, how many microphones you’ll be using, and so on. If you’re looking at stereo inputs, make sure you have enough of them to handle keyboards and direct inputs for guitar and bass, if applicable. Ascertaining your current and future needs is the first step to getting the right number of inputs and channels for your audio mixer.