Sound Advice: Channel Inputs & Proper Gain

Are you ready to begin mixing?  Now that we have looked at the different types of microphones and input sources, and have examined the differences in balanced and unbalanced cables and connectors, let’s hook up a microphone to our mixing console.  We don’t need speakers or amplifiers, just yet.  For this article, we simply need an audio mixer, a microphone, and an XLR microphone cable.

The Rear Panel

Shown below is the typical rear panel (or input panel) of an analog audio mixer.  Digital mixers aren’t much, if any, different. Regardless of the audio mixer type, brand, or model, you should find that most are arranged in a very similar fashion.  Notice the different types of connectors discussed in the previous articles.

Mackie Onyx 1640i Rear Panel

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