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20-Dec-2014

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Mixers For Dance & Home Studio - An Overview


Welcome to mixers & mixing information. Here we will attempt to offer some guidance & advice for beginners who may be confused by the new world of home & studio recording & dance music making.

To start with, these are the top-selling mixers last month at Thomann superstore, one of the largest retailers in Europe - This shortlist gives you some pointers as to what products are popular in this category at today's date.


behringer - mx882 ultralink pro

behringer - xenyx 1202 fx

behringer - xenyx 1204 usb

behringer - xenyx 802



behringer - xenyx q802 usb

behringer - xenyx qx1002 usb

behringer - xenyx qx1202 usb

behringer - xenyx x1204 usb



behringer - xenyx x1222 usb

behringer - xenyx x2222 usb





Welcome to Interactive Mixer!

Yup! It's good old fashioned HTML which we decided to ressurect from the old site... no flashy gumph that requires loading etc, but it works!!... You can check out an 8 channel mixer and learn all its functions... just click on the controls, and you get told what it's function is.

Remember... All the input channels are identical, so only the left CHANNEL-1 and the MASTER section and SUBGROUPS give instructions... This is a typical 8-4-2 mixer, which means that there are 8 channels going into 4 Subgroups and a final stereo or 2 output... This is just the sort of basic mixer we need for dance music.

Click on controls in red-border section for descriptions


line/mic

line/mic

line/mic

line/mic

line/mic

line/mic

line/mic

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gain

gain

gain

gain

gain

gain

gain

gain
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tape

channel
tape

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tape

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tape

channel
tape

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tape

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tape

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EQ




EQ




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AUX RETURNS
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level

pan
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level

pan
3

level

pan
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level

pan

aux 1

aux 2

aux 1

aux 2

aux 1

aux 2

aux 1

aux 2

aux 1

aux 2

aux 1

aux 2

aux 1

aux 2

aux 1

aux 2
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MASTERS

mon


aux1

aux2

mute


solo

mute

solo

mute

solo

mute

solo

mute

solo

mute

solo

mute

solo

mute

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pan

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L / R
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L / R
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L / R
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L / R
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L / R
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MASTER
  TUTOR   KIK-DRM   HHATZ    SNARE 
  BASS      
  SYNTH    PIANOS   STRINGS  SUBGROUPS 1 - 4 MAIN STEREO FADER






More mixer stuff! - Here's a full walk-thru with explanations for a typical consumer budget mixer... Everything is explained for noobs!

Behringer SX2442FX walk-thru - Part-1 - Inputs section



Behringer SX2442FX walk-thru - Part-2 - Master section






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For listed mixers, please leave your comments or review on the actual mixer item page - You can browse all listed mixers in the GEAR section - if you have an actual question, try asking on the forums.


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Name: Phase reverse crew
Email: djmarty@gironet.nl
Activity:  part-timer
Date: 17-Apr-99

ellow!
my compliments to your mixing tips! Especially the quote :substractive not only additiv. Maby add in that parapraph that it can also be applied with fader/volume levels.
My tip. Wenn starting to set a channel, set the fader to nominal (0 dB) and do not open it fully. Then set the gain till your pfl-meter hits the 0 dB led(not more!!). The rest you've already explained.
Keep up doin' the good work!!!


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Name: J.Baardsen
Email: jbaardsen@hotmail.com
Website:  none
Activity:  Hobby-ist
Date: 09-Jun-99

Anyone got any tips about mixers ? Im a newbie and are going for a mixer these days. I was thinking of something like Roland vs-880ex, then I dont have to go for dat etc. Or should I go for Mackie (or likewise) & dat instead ? And how good is Behringer ? I would be grateful for any tip ! thnx!


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Name: Eddy
Email: eddy_koek@hotmail.com
Activity:  Hobby-ist
Date: 29-Jun-99

hey,

I make music with my synth and rebirth
in Cakewalk 8. Now i want to buy a mixer
to mix these sounds together. I was thinking of buying the Behringer MX1604a.
Is this a good choice for a beginner.
And when i want to record it on minidisc, can i just connect my minidiscrecorder on the l/r out of the mixer?


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Name: scab
Email: cutoff_freq@hotmail.com
Activity:  Hobby-ist
Date: 27-Jul-99

I've just read some where that processors (compressors, limiters, etc.) should be patched to the channel inserts. Is that what the inserts are for?


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Name: Tony
Email: coppertony@aol.com
Activity:  part-timer
Date: 12-Aug-99

I'm loving all your advice. I'm new to recording music and I need the help. I'm not that far into the rest of your literature, but I hope you mention what other equip I need to get started. Thanks again

Tony


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Name: theRoguedj
Email: subzero1@air.on.ca
Activity:  Professional
Date: 29-Aug-99

Good material!


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Name: Sue
Email: suejonesNOSPAM@alphalink.com.au
Activity:  Professional
Date: 31-Aug-99

I've just purchased a little Behringer mixer 1602A and its great. I'd really reecommend them, especially to people who are setting up home studios. Mine has 12 channels, no subgroups but alot of other features. Its compact, very easy to use and very clean sound and best of all, its about half the price of anything comparable in its range.


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Name: David Mazur
Email: David.Mazur@student.kuleuven.ac.be
Activity:  Hobby-ist
Date: 13-Oct-99

Hi,

it would be nice if you could include something about live mixing. I had my
first live gig yesterday, and believe
me that when you are alone on stage you
have absolutely no time to EQ, to set
levels 100% accurately. So if I can
give you a hint : when playing live
just get simplest of mixers. (I use
a Roland M-160 line mixer). Then stick
the WHOLE mix through an eq and
set high bass and high treble as this
is what people want to hear. But then
this is just my opinion. Anybody
willing to share experience of playing live ?


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Name: Laur
Email: djzanca@hotmail.com
Activity:  Hobby-ist
Date: 10-Nov-99

Hi
I am from Romania ,Some day I want to be
more than a Hobbyist,I'm crazy about mixing and audio stuff.Who can tell me
what I must do to get in the business
the producers industry.I must tell that
I've not been working in the industry so
how do I get experience?
So please give me some back stage tips to be succesfull.


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Name: k
Email: here
Activity:  part-timer
Date: 11-Nov-99

i did a few years on PA.. there are different situations different rigs - different musics... um... well, i like to have a feather sleeping bag (army type) to use in any kikdrums... if the band is ok with it, get the stage levels down, but whack them a fat foldback so they are playing inside a more 'produced' sound... ok... you can have the band REAL loud.. and that is needed for the vibe fine with some musics..., but where it is more 'produced' music, they want to sound 'polished'... get them to turn DOWN... get up a fast monitor mix with some fx on vocals etc put in a touch of kik, any treble-mid range instruments, snare and try to then get a good balance between feedback threshold and giving them a LOUD (as they want it) 'polished' stereo field to play inside... if you have more foldback chains you can obviousoy give individuals whatever chains you have available it's whatever you have...


some bands are quite surprised , cos it sounds so polished, like they are in say a rehearsal room, but it's all been mic'ed and balanced and is blasting out of the stereo speakers at them to augment the backline hum...


like i say, for some musics certain backline will be so loud to get the vibe, then you go for blending any PA into it FOH only and concentrate on individual monitor chains for the musicians....


when i do that sortof mix, i deaden the kit alot, obviously you might get protest - try to get the drummer happy - if he's wacking out in a big drum sound stereo feild, then the others will want to get on ...


sometimes ive taken out the kayboard/synth players amp/cab completely, and pumped it thru the sidefills so it is 'all over the band' as they move around the stage with stereo fx ! - heh heh - it makes the event special for the band too cos they are hearing it 'polished' too - so y'know makes a nice vibe - the bass should be ok with the cab only cos it radiates, but if you put bass into the sidefills roll off bass end and add a tweak of short 'verb maybe, to accent the treble edge of licks


boxes...


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Name: yellowman
Email: yellowman@hotmail.com
Activity:  Professional
Date: 12-Mar-00

please don't put yellow charachters in the texts, because yellowman and many others won't be able to read the articles en tips properly!!!

Thanks, Yellowman


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Name: Guruzoo
Email: adams04@infonie.fr
Activity:  Professional
Date: 30-Jul-00

Kilo,
i want to add a DJ desk to my kit with the FolioNotepad.
Its got 4 mono ins 2 stereo ins.
I have to run the Line out fx to the Soundcard to record.
I run the Soundcard to the FX ins on the Folio;
Thats what i got to mix with now.
I want to get a dj desk so i can Record EQ movts ,grab switch ,stuff like that.
Now,i want to just connect the stereo outs of the XP30,and the Mono out from the DBX.
I will be adding a Nova,so thats 6 mono.Have to change the Folio too?
I want to be able to run the sampler from the soundcard thru the DJ too so the sampler can be fx,d and recorded too.
I looked at the Roland DJ2000,but its way too pricey,and has a buggy dsp apparently_ clicks on the Master out when u change fx.
I tried to get 2 consoles to run back into the Soundcard in my mind,but with the Folio its not possible,only one line out.I could do it with just the DJ2000,but its too pricey.It has 5 pairs of stereo RCA tho.
Thats I for the XP30,One for the Soundcard and 3 for the Nova.Means i would have to connect the DBX instead,when i wanted to record vocals unless i can connect some stuff to another desk.
So,i need info on either getting 1 big DJ desk with as many cool features as poss,getting an FX hw Processor to use with it,and if i need 2 mixers to get a recording chain back to the In on the soundcard,what bigger analog desk can i get?
I keep getting confused trying to go in and out as the actress said to the bishop.
I,ve seen other threads about using hw fx boxes into 2 mixers,but nowt on one of the mixers being a DJ type.
I thought and thought,and i can,t see another way of getting these dj effects into my mixes.
The XP30 only lets u use 1 fx on All 16 parts.Otherwise,just Rev and Chorus.
Yeah,the Nova is much better.
So i want to run at least 11 channels into a DJ desk,or 2 desks,and use a hw fx box too.Record into VST
I know i sound dumb,its cos i started with PC,not hardware,i,m just not able to see how these things go.
I,ll go test a DJ console soon as i understand a bit more.

Thanx Guru.


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Name: jaime ibarra
Email: sable@.telnor.ney
Activity:  Hobby-ist
Date: 27-Aug-00

exelent.


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Name: clive oriordan
Email: clive1-1999@yahoo.uk
Activity:  Hobby-ist
Date: 30-Oct-00

HI MY NAMES CLIVE THANKS FOR ALL THE INFO ABOUT MIXERS . IM ON A TIGHT BUDGET
FOR MY HOME STUDIO IM LOOKING FOR A MIXER THAT IS THE DOGS NUTS 200 IS MY LIMIT DONT LAUGH THE MUSIC IM DICING WITH IS PROGRESSIVE HOUSE IM RUNNING OFF VST V. 5 CU-BASE HOPE TO HEAR FROM U SOON.


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Name: clive oriordan
Email: clive1-1999@yahoo.uk
Activity:  Hobby-ist
Date: 30-Oct-00

HI MY NAMES CLIVE THANKS FOR ALL THE INFO ABOUT MIXERS . IM ON A TIGHT BUDGET
FOR MY HOME STUDIO IM LOOKING FOR A MIXER THAT IS THE DOGS NUTS 200 IS MY LIMIT DONT LAUGH THE MUSIC IM DICING WITH IS PROGRESSIVE HOUSE IM RUNNING OFF VST V. 5 CU-BASE HOPE TO HEAR FROM U SOON.


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Name: ZPrime
Email: NO_SPAM!zprime@mailroom.com
Website:  ?
Activity:  part-timer
Date: 19-Jun-01

Great article Kilo. You touched on a lot of things that you learn pretty quickly after someone suggests them - especially the subtracting thing. Some other good suggestions too about listening from various places to your mix (the kitchen). I haven't tried that, but now that you mention it, I have gone into the kitchen and thought - hey that sounds funny. You're right that is a perfect way to determine what to fix. :)

I'd like to see some more Mixing/Mastering articles if you have the time - it's an artform that takes some guidance sometimes. :)

-z


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Name: paul
Email: chris.yates2000@btinternet.com
Activity:  Hobby-ist
Date: 09-Sep-03

how much will it cost for a yamaha mr 1642 16 channel mixing desk ????


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Name: Filipa Galhardo
Email: filipagalhardo@hotmail.com
Activity:  part-timer
Date: 05-Mar-05

What is the monitor section used for?


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Name: Jay
Email: jjmanion@charter.net
Activity:  part-timer
Date: 19-Apr-05

I have been running the board at my church for 8 years and we just got a midas legend and I would like to know where I can get some professional training. School shop etc. I live near St. Louis , Mo. Thanks


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Name: John T. Sylvanis
Email: jtsylvanis@juno.com
Activity:  Hobby-ist
Date: 23-May-05

Can you, please review the Peavey PV8 mixer. Can't find anyone who's worked with it. Please send your comments to my e-mail address.

Many thanks.

Meanwhile, I remain sincerely yours,

John.


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Name: tracy
Email: tracycj2@aaahawk.com
Website:  asking q's
Activity:  part-timer
Date: 18-Jun-05

I have a TOA electronics rx5 mixer
Do you know if it any good for mixing and recording with a computer

Do you a scematic for it as well? or know where i can get one?

Tracy


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Name: do you mind?
Email: no@no.com
Activity:  Professional
Date: 30-Aug-05

what's up with all these cussing and bad words.. let
people learn stuff without all those stupid stuff ok!?


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Name: zosimo
Email: sim.song4475@yahoo.com
Website:  none
Activity:  Professional
Date: 04-Apr-12

I have a behringer SX2442FX but I want to connect from the two main output which are XLR (L/R) to the cross over and the other output TRS (L/R) connect to the power amps. It is possible at the same time?


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Name: chartsounds
Email: keith@chartsounds.net
Website:  www.chartsounds.net
Activity:  Professional
Date: 01-Apr-13

I am using a Behringer DDX3216 but I am getting some serious latency which makes it very difficult when it comes to recording overdubs


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Mixer
     Classics  

Here's a selection of classic & bargain mixers we've seen over the years for music creation!

SOUNDCRAFT-SPIRIT SPIRIT STUDIO

The Spirit range sold by the truckload and marked Soundcrafts return to form in the semi-pro live and studio market. A whole huge lot of mixer for not much money. This are total workhorses. ...

Mackie 1202 VLZ

The Mackie 1202 VLZ - popular cheap budget table-top or rackmounting mixers... good facilities on a small board... Check it out.. Good s/h buy, loads of them about... ...

Behringer MX 1604A

Another bedroom studio classic. The Behringer MX series were huge sellers and offer all the facilities you need for home-studio & small gig tasks! ...

Studiomaster 16-8-16 Mixdown

Here's the Studiomaster 16:8:16 'Mixdown' - a version of the classic 16:8 with 16 included tape return mini-channels like the classic old board style & 16 tape send switchable from it's 8 groups - a g...

Yamaha 01V

Yamaha 01V Digital Mixer - The worlds first budget digital console and it sold truckloads! - Rack-mountable, full-featured, programmable digital mixer with 24 inputs....

SECK 18-8-2

The SECK 18-8-2, a cool fully featured space concious mixer ideal for a home-studio. ...

Allen & Heath System 8 - 16-8-2

The classic System 8 from Allen & Heath - a good s/h mixer you can pick up cheap in the free-ad's - a real mixer, superb sound. ...

Yamaha MG 10/2

The now budget-classic Yamaha MG range, available in various configs with 3-band eq, low cut filter 18dB, high end microphone preamps, 48V phantompower, etc. These mixers can be found in many schools ...

SONY OXF-R3

The legendary OXF-R3 Oxford console ...







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