Audio: What Are Mixer Inserts? (Mixing, Recording & More)
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Audio: What Are Mixer Inserts? (Mixing, Recording & More)

Inserts are important parts of mixers that are sometimes taken for granted in modern digital audio workstations. If you’re unsure of what mixer inserts are or you want to gather more information on inserts and their importance in audio engineering, you’ve come to the right place! What is an insert in audio engineering? An insert,…

What Would Be Considered A High-Output Guitar/Bass Pickup?
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What Would Be Considered A High-Output Guitar/Bass Pickup?

Guitar pickups produce different outputs depending on their setup, build quality and positioning. Some pickups produce a higher output than others, but determining what constitutes a high-output pickup can become tricky. What would be considered a high-output guitar/bass pickup? High-output pickups are the ones that transfer stronger signals to the amplifier relative to the string’s…

Are Speakers (& Studio Monitors) Input Or Output Devices?
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Are Speakers (& Studio Monitors) Input Or Output Devices?

Speakers (including loudspeakers and studio monitors) are transducers that convert audio signals into sound waves and are often connected to computers (laptops, smartphones, etc.). To fully understand the audio signal flow of speakers in terms of inputs and outputs, we must also comprehend the definitions of input and output devices in computer systems. Are speakers/studio…

Are Headphones Input Or Output Devices?
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Are Headphones Input Or Output Devices?

Headphones are transducers that produce sound as they receive audio signals and are also often connected to computers (laptops, smartphones, etc.). To fully understand headphones, we must also understand audio signal flow in terms of inputs and outputs while also understanding the definitions of input and output devices in computer systems. Are headphones input or…

Do Microphones Output Balanced Or Unbalanced Audio?
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Do Microphones Output Balanced Or Unbalanced Audio?

When studying microphones and audio, the topic of unbalanced and balanced audio is sure to come up. Unbalanced and balanced audio are the two common ways to send audio from one audio device to another (for example, a microphone to a mic preamplifier). Do microphones output balanced or unbalanced audio? The vast majority of professional…

Do Microphones Output Mic, Line, Or Instrument Level Signals?
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Do Microphones Output Mic, Line, Or Instrument Level Signals?

When dealing with analog audio, there are a few signal levels to be aware of: mic level, instrument level, line level (consumer), line level (professional), and speaker level. It’s critical to know the differences between these nominal signal levels when working with microphones and other audio equipment. Do microphones output line level signals? No, microphones…

Are Microphones Input Or Output Devices?
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Are Microphones Input Or Output Devices?

To fully understand microphones, it’s critical to comprehend how audio works in terms of inputs, outputs, and signal flow. When working with computer audio, it’s critical to understand the system’s input devices and output devices. Are microphones input or output devices? When a microphone is connected to a computer (via an audio interface or another…

Do Microphones Output Mono Or Stereo Signals?
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Do Microphones Output Mono Or Stereo Signals?

Microphones are used extensively in today’s music, television, radio, and other media. The vast majority of recorded music today is in stereo. Still, the voice in many voice-centric recordings (podcasts, vlogs, etc.) is often mono (if but only panned centre in a stereo mix). Do microphones output mono or stereo signals? Microphones convert sound waves…

Are Microphones Analog Or Digital Devices? (Mic Output Designs)
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Are Microphones Analog Or Digital Devices? (Mic Output Designs)

Microphones are used every single day to record both analog and digital audio. Hence, it makes sense that there is a bit of confusion about whether microphones are analog or digital devices or both. Are microphones analog or digital? Microphones convert sound waves into AC electrical audio signals and are therefore analog devices. However, some…