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Discussion in 'Recording' started by bmg6690, Dec 2, 2007.

  1. bmg6690

    bmg6690 Guest

    I am completely new to this. What do mixers hook up to and what all do they do?
  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    I mean no offense, but if you have to ask this question - don't get into recording. Or at least spend some serious time doing your homework first. The answers are out there to this and many more questions if you use the search feature, or simply go to a manufacturer's web page and look at their manuals, etc.

  3. rockstardave

    rockstardave Active Member

    bmg, here is a VERY simple overview..

    1. microphones, cd players, and other sources each run into a mixer.
    2. the mixer combines the signal into just 2 tracks: a Left channel and a Right channel.
    3. these 2 channels are sent to a power amp
    4. this amplified signal is sent to speakers to make sound.
    5. the end.

    check wikipedia for some of these terms if you want to know more.
  4. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Reminds me of a movie quote:

    (Best Arnold Schwarzenegger voice) "Who is your daddy, and what does he do?"
  5. hummel

    hummel Guest

    Have a look at this material. It will give you lots of the basics:

  6. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Generally, you hook up a mixer with some vodka. Dark and light ROM can also work. I like mine infused with lots of fruits. Generally, I will hang with them after the show recording.

    I've worked in this business for years and I can tell you that it's a KahlĂșa thing to do!
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  7. bmg6690

    bmg6690 Guest

    I had a general idea, like you plug all your instruments and other stuff in to it and all but do they go to speakers and then get recorded or straight to a recorder?
  8. rockstardave

    rockstardave Active Member


    the mixer's output goes into where ever you want it. thats the idea... you can send it to a recording device, or you can send it to speakers.

    or, you could send it to both.
  9. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    One of my legs feels like its getting a bit longer everytime I read this thread.

  10. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

  11. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    I have a similar problem when I'm looking at "other" kinds of websites Dave. Are you sure you don't have one of those up too?
  12. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Then maybe you'd better pull the other one.
  13. bmg6690

    bmg6690 Guest

    What do you guys mean you feel like your legs getting longer?
  14. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Mixers come in a variety of sizes to fit specific applications. From 2 input to 96 or more. This could mean all microphones or all individual tracks from a recorder or a combination of both such as for live television show productions.

    The simpler your requirements, the simpler the interface is to plug-in. So a generalized questions such as yours is not easily answered without our snickering humor. We've all had our starting points in life. Many through upper-level education and others like myself, who just screwed around and started doing it with a passion. But many of us have had some type of formal/apprenticed/mentored and on-the-job training and experience. Broad ranging questions such as yours are difficult to answer because of the huge scope of possible answers if perchance you are seeking an entry-level system to be able to record you and your friend as pictured, we could make numerous suggestions that would be simple and effective for you. So please supply us with what you would like to accomplish and we can go from there.

    The biggest smart ass of Recording.org but I'm being sincere here.
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  15. natural

    natural Active Member

    Just think of the mixer as a bunch of 'Y' connectors.

    - Take a single input and send it to a bunch of outputs. (out to tape, out to external fx, out to speakers. all at the same time)

    - Take a bunch of inputs and send it to a single output. (a bunch to drum mics to one tape track)

    - And as an extra bonus, most have some kind of EQ on each channel so you can modify the sound while it's coming and going.

    It mixes, it splits, it reroutes, it sends back into itself, It feedsback every once in awhile and hurts your ears.

  16. bmg6690

    bmg6690 Guest

    Thank you helpful people. No thanks to the people with legs growing
  17. bmg6690

    bmg6690 Guest

    I want to get recording but i sort of dont want to have a bunch of computer based stuff. With a mixer, what can I have that go to so I can skip this step?
  18. Jbrax

    Jbrax Guest

    this will do it right here

    no computers no hassle
    just read the manual and get busy good luck

  19. bmg6690

    bmg6690 Guest

    I would like to get a little more advanced than that. but thanks. With mixers, how can one person record maybe four tracks by themself to one output? Does it have a way to save several recordings?

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