Sound Advice: Channel Faders and the Main Outputs

In the previous article, you received your first mixing assignment using just a microphone and an audio mixer.  We discussed the proper techniques for getting audio into your audio mixer’s channels and properly setting the channel input gain.  Now that we have the correct amount of audio in the channel strip, let’s discuss where the audio goes once it leaves the channel strip, headed to the output section of the mixer.

Looking at a typical channel strip as shown in the figure on the right, the audio that we properly adjusted coming into the strip via the gain, or trim, setting now visually flows through the channel strip from the top to the bottom, eventually arriving at the channel fader.  During the audio’s journey through the channel strip, there are usually options for sending it to auxiliary outputs, as well as options for altering the way the audio sounds, which we will cover later.  But, for now, we are going to simply focus on the channel fader control and it’s function in sending the channel’s audio to the audio mixer’s various outputs.

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