The main function of an audio mixer is to blend audio signals from microphones and musical instruments. Audio mixers will then send the combined and fine-tuned signal to a loud speaker or audio system.
Mixers are crucial components when setting up sound systems. Therefore, when looking to purchase a mixer that delivers excellent sound quality, take into consideration the type of mixer you are using, the quality of the product and the signal being received.
The different types of mixers
There are two main types of audio mixers, an analog mixer and a digital mixer.
Analog audio mixer
When performing live sound or recording, analog mixers are best suited for these actions. When using an analog mixer each control featured has their own single function. Quick adjustments are simple to make as you are able to see exactly what the mixer is doing.
We offer a range of analog mixers, the Allen & Heath ZED Series and the Soundcraft Signature Series. The Allen & Heath ZED Series analog mixers are ideal for musicians and bands to use. They have exceptional audio performance and solid build quality, including Allen & Heath’s 49 year professional audio pedigree. This series of analog mixers are perfect for small PA and VA rentals and installations in hotels, small Churches and schools.
The Soundcraft Signature Series come in 10, 12, 16 and 22 input models. In each Signature Series model there is a Ghost mic pre-amp, Sapphire EQ and a GB series audio routing and switching configuration. They include features such as the interval mute, the playback channel pre-post selection, high end inputs and DBX limiters.
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Digital audio mixer
Digital audio mixers have a large range of control capabilities as they can save and recall setups. Being able to save and recall setups works out to be a great time saver. It also offers the opportunity to apply more than one audio effect to every channel. There are some digital mixers that give you the ability to create a mix on your phone or tablet due to their wireless remote control feature. We provide a range of Allen & Heath Qu Series audio mixers and the Behringer X32 Compact and Digital mixers.
The Allen and Heath Qu Series audio mixers are equipped with full potential digital mixing technology such as total recall. They include the following features; fader position, preamp gain, have convenient recording and playback solutions, personal monitoring options, iPad control and the choice of a local or remote Cat 5 I/O.
The Behringer X32 Digital and Compact audio mixers allow to make the transition between analog mixers to digital mixers easier. It uses the controls most familiar with from an analog mixer and combines it with the advantages that a digital mixers provides. This device includes a 40-input, 25-Bus Digital Mixing Console with 32 programmable MIDAS Preamps, 25 Motorised Faders, Channel LCD’s, 32-Channel Audio Interface and Smartphone/tablet remote control.
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Comparison between analog and digital audio mixers
There are three main areas to look at when analysing the differences between an analog and a digital mixer, their flexibility, how user friendly they are and how they handle noise.
Digital mixers have a tendency to be more flexible than analog mixers. The flexibility of digital mixers come from their ability to save and recall scenes. This makes it easier to acquire different sounds and effects as analog mixers have a maximum of two channels and digital mixers can have over 10 channels.
Although digital mixers are more flexible, analog mixers tend to be more user-friendly. Analog mixers are often all built and structured the same. So, if you learn how to use one analog mixer there is a high possibility that you will be able to use any other analog mixer. Digital mixers are more varied in their make.
Lastly, digital mixers have a stronger noise resistant rate from any noise coming for their surroundings. Transmissions that are made digitally are not as vulnerable to noise, even with a bigger distance of transmission. Analog mixers do not have this feature and therefore are easily affected by noise, especially with an increase in coverage area.