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Digital Mixers

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, and Gating
  • Parametric and 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
  • 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.