Digital audio mixers are powerful tools for musicians, composers and producers. A knowledgeable mixing technician can introduce subtle emphasis and highlights to a track, adding a layer of refinement and polish to audio productions. Peavey, a popular audio-equipment company, sells a variety of mixers. Each operates on similar principles, and can be set up and wired quickly and easily.
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Things you need
- 1/4-inch headphone jack
- Instrument cable
- XLR cables
Determine how many channels on your mixer you will need to use by making a list of all instruments and microphones that will be needed for your production. Each will require a channel on the mixing board. Using adhesive tape, label each channel with the instrument or microphone you will be assigning to it.
Plug your microphones into the mixer using the XLR cables according to the channels assigned to them.
Plug the instruments you will be using into your mixer using your instrument cables. You will need to plug your instruments into the appropriate "line-in" inputs corresponding to the channels e assigned to them. The inputs will be numbered, making this an easy process.
Place the headphone jack into the adaptor, and plug the adaptor into the headphone port on your mixer. Producers and DJs often use headphones to monitor elements of a track that are not being output to the speakers. The headphone jack is located next to the master volume control on the right side of the mixer.
Turn on phantom power for any channel that requires it. These typically include the majority of the microphones. The phantom power switches are located below the gain knobs at the top of the mixer.
Tips and warnings
- Replace your instrument and microphone cables regularly to ensure quality performance. The wiring inside each of these cables is extremely sensitive and can be damaged easily. A damaged cable will significantly degrade results.
- Lower the master volume fader on your mixer while you are plugging in instruments and microphones. Damaged cables and equipment can create harsh sounds that are impossible to predict and very unpleasing. If the master volume fader is left in its normal position, these abrasive tones can easily damage hearing and other equipment.
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