If you know you’re going to need to put together a sound system for an upcoming event, then it’s important that you do some research into the exact audio components you’ll need to be able to operate your sound system in the way you’ve planned.
An audio mixer, also known as a mixing board or soundboard, is perhaps the most important piece of equipment you’ll need to manage live sound at your event. This tool merges multiple audio signals together to create a single output signal. Without proper mixing, the sound sources will not blend together in a way that is attractive and pleasing to the ear, creating low-quality sound that is not harmonious. The operator of the mixer adjusts the sound levels and optimizes those sounds.
Here are some of the most important components of audio mixers, which you should know when planning audio mixer rentals in Albuquerque, NM:
- The board: The board is essentially your main control center. There are a couple different types of layouts for a soundboard: the split and the in-line. An in-line console features an input section and a monitoring section, both placed on the exact same channel strip. On split mixing consoles, these sections are located on opposite sides of the board.
- Channels: The channel is the basic unit of the mixer. There are channel controls repeated a few times over the mixer’s surface, with a variety of faders and knobs that might look rather confusing if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking at. However, once you learn how to operate one channel, you’ll know how to operate most of the mixer.
- Inputs: There are a number of inputs for sound sources on a mixer, the most common of which are 5 mm jack, RCA and XLR, all of which connect to the mixer on plug-ins most commonly located on the back of the unit.
- Faders: Faders are a series of sliders that are specifically designed to either lower or raise each individual channel’s levels. These are the primary tools you use to control the sound output of the mixer.
- Equalization: The channel equalization features allow you to control and adjust the bass and treble frequencies on every channel you are using on the mixer.
- Auxiliary: Auxiliary channels (usually abbreviated as “aux” on the equipment) allow you to send sound through additional, secondary channels to other devices for monitoring purposes.
- Panorama: Panorama (usually abbreviated as “pan” on the equipment” controls indicate where in the stereo layout the sound will be heard. It helps you to direct certain channels to one of the stereo outputs. If you turn the dial to the left, for example, it will go to the left output, while turning it to the right will send it to the right output. This is just another way you can control the overall sound and the direction from which it seems to come.
For more information about audio mixer rentals in Albuquerque, NM, contact the team at Action Audio Visual today.
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