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Digital Mixers

There are a million ways in which a digital audio mixer is different from an analog audio mixer. They handle incoming audio differently, they can send it out differently, they handle distortion and overloading differently, and the list goes on.

Your basic and most fundamental difference between a digital audio mixer and an analog audio mixer is in the added functionality that a digital mixer offers you at the interface. Leaving aside all the arguments as to sound quality and so forth, the cool features of a digital mixer include the fact that a digital mixer is usually all you need to run a successful performance. By this I mean that a digital audio mixer will generally have the following features built right in to the mixer:

  • Compression
  • Limiting
  • Gating
  • Parametric equalization
  • Graphic equalization
  • Crossover functions
  • High pass and low pass filters
  • 48 volt phantom power (sometimes you turn this on and off on each individual channel)
  • Remote control functions (from an iPad or laptop)
  • Memory features (you can do a sound check for two bands and recall settings later)
  • USB outputs
  • FireWire outputs
  • Optical outputs
  • Feedback detection

So, you can see that you can throw out a whole bunch of outboard processing gear if you just have a digital mixer. Some even have touch screens to make the interface even more easy.



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