Different types of audio mixers are available in the market with varied set of capabilities depending on what they are going to be used for. It is a good idea to have a general idea about each of them if you’re thinking of investing in an audio mixer.
****ogue Mixers continue to hold their popularity despite their more versatile digital counterparts. The reason is their relative ease of use and low cost. ****ogue mixers are manually controlled with help of knobs and switches which makes their use more natural and intuitive than digital mixers. Many people also find it easier to learn to use the control on an ****ogue mixer than to go through hidden menu items on various digital screens. The down side, however, is their expanse as they takes up huge space and may not be ideal choice for home studios or crowded stages.
Digital Mixers are unbeatable for their versatility and adaptability. A digital mixer is packed full of possibilities with huge collection of sound effects, extensive signal dynamics, and pre-programmed templates and tutorials. They provide an unmatched sound quality with their integrated ability to control noise and reduce. Their built-in memory function makes it extremely convenient to save any mixes without the need of an external device. They are available in a range of different sizes to suit your individual needs.
As the name clearly shows, DJ Mixers are designed specific to DJ needs. Since DJ’s have pretty distinctive requirements according to the type of event, DJ mixers also come in various specifications and configurations. From private functions to corporate events to PA systems to live music events, DJ mixers are specially designed to fulfill those requirements and significantly differ in their capabilities. They also have extraordinary feedback reduction quality and smooth transition features from one source to another.
HYBRID AUDIO MIXER
Hybrid Mixers are a cross between ****ogue and digital mixers. They are hugely versatile for being able to process both type of signals simultaneously which makes them an ideal choice for live band recordings as they can process various ****ogue sources at one time and convert them into digital sound signals.
Powered Mixers are incredible machines as they combine amplifiers, effects as well as the mixer into a single portable and easily manageable unit. They are extremely versatile too as they can easily handle events from solo performances to large live events with full-blown band requirements. Available in a range of sizes and configurations, powered mixers are easy to set up and use. Most advanced public address audio systems in the market today, are based on the same technology with speakers, mixer and power amps all available in one portable unit.
Software Mixers are a great alternative for someone with limited space both in their homes and back accounts. They are extremely versatile like digital mixers but cost only a fraction of their price. Music production or mixing software available today, will accomplish just about anything an ****ogue or digital mixer can do. You can even incorporate sound effects and virtual instruments into your mixes. Most software mixers can be hooked up to Computer-based Digital Audio Workstation allowing for even greater possibilities for creating and mixing music.
LINE AND SUMMING MIXERS
Line Mixers are typically ****ogue mixers that are simple in design and are usually capable of a single volume control per channel. They are used in live settings where they can be attached to multiple players in order to free up channels on the main mixer.
Also ****ogue in design, summing mixers are used in studio settings for adding “warmth” or a conventional touch of an ****ogue mixer to the otherwise “cold” final output of digital mixers.
Now that you know what each type of mixer is specifically used for, it will be easier to choose the right one for yourself. It will help you further to go through reviews for different brands to narrow down your choices.