Probably, one of the most-asked questions I get today regarding audio equipment for churches and bands is the topic of analog and digital audio mixers. So, I think it would be fitting to start my Sound Advice with tackling this subject and, hopefully, clarifying the issue to help you make a wise choice in your next purchase.
First, let’s start with getting some definitions out of the way. An audio mixer can also be referred to as an audio console, a mixing console, a sound board, a board, and several other similar terms. Generally speaking, they are all the same thing. So, sometimes you may hear me use more than one of these terms, but generally referring to the same audio component: the audio mixer. I’ve always referred to small audio mixers as mixers, medium sized mixers as boards, and the larger ones as consoles. But, that’s just my thing. They are generally all the same idea.