What Is Audio Signal Flow? The Full Beginners’ Guide
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What Is Audio Signal Flow? The Full Beginners’ Guide

Signal flow is one of the most important concepts to understand in music production and audio more generally. It’s the basis of how all audio systems work. Whether you’re just starting out or you want to deepen your knowledge of signal flow, you’ve come to the right place. What is audio signal flow? Signal flow…

Audio: What Are Faders? (Mixers, Graphic EQ & More)
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Audio: What Are Faders? (Mixers, Graphic EQ & More)

Faders are perhaps the most important tool for mixing and are often taken for granted. If you’re interested in learning more about these fundamental controls in the world of audio, you’ve come to the right place! What are faders in audio technology? A fader, in the analog realm, is either a potentiometer (most faders) or…

What Are Subgroups? (Audio Mixing, Recording, Live Sound)
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What Are Subgroups? (Audio Mixing, Recording, Live Sound)

Subgroups are an important routing tool in our mixers, allowing us to simplify the mixing process and get more out of fewer processors and effects. Whether you’re mixing a record, recording, or mixing live, using subgroups can help enhance your workflow and get you better results. If you’re unsure about what subgroups are or want…

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,…

Mixing/Recording: Auxiliary Tracks, Sends & Returns
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Mixing/Recording: Auxiliary Tracks, Sends & Returns

Auxiliary tracks are invaluable tools in mixing, recording, live sound, and any other job that utilizes an audio mixer. If you’re at all confused about aux tracks, sends and returns, or you’d like more information to help you make the most of your aux tracks, you’ve come to the right place! What is an auxiliary…

Audio: Buses Vs. Subgroups, Aux Sends/Returns, VCAs & Groups
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Audio: Buses Vs. Subgroups, Aux Sends/Returns, VCAs & Groups

Auxes, buses, sends, returns, VCAs, groups, subgroups, and many more terms make up the wide lexicon of audio technology. When learning about music and audio production, the glossary of terms can be overwhelming, and what’s worse is that many terms are used interchangeably. Let’s consider these related terms and their definitions to help you keep…

The Ultimate Audio Mixer Buyer’s Guide 2024
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The Ultimate Audio Mixer Buyer’s Guide 2024

So you’re wondering which audio mixer you should buy, rent or otherwise try out. In this comprehensive buyer’s guide, we’ll go through everything worth considering before you make any decisions about an audio mixer. If you’ve found yourself asking, “Which audio mixer should I buy?” this extensive resource is for you. Please feel free to…

Do Audio Mixers Affect Audio/Sound Quality?

Do Audio Mixers Affect Audio/Sound Quality?

Audio mixers and consoles have long been staples in recording studios, live venues, and broadcasting applications as central stations for processing audio and producing a final product. With so many options, from super-simple entry-level portable mixers to extravagant multi-million-dollar studio desks, there certainly must be a difference in sound quality between mixers, right? Do audio…

Top 11 Audio Portable/Field Audio Mixer/Recorder Brands 2024
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Top 11 Audio Portable/Field Audio Mixer/Recorder Brands 2024

Portable field recorders are essential pieces of a professional film/television audio kit. They’re also a great choice for mobile recordings such as podcasts, voice memos, live musical performances, foley, and more. From handheld voice recorders to multi-channel units that sync to cameras, there are plenty of field recorder options and, similarly, plenty of brands that…

Top 11 Best Mixing Board/Console Brands For Home Studios
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Top 11 Best Mixing Board/Console Brands For Home Studios

When it comes to home studios, project studios or any other “studio” that doesn’t bring in serious cashflow, spending tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars on a mixing console likely isn’t the best investment. The truth is that, for the vast majority of studios, SSLs, APIs, Neves and Tridents are out of the…

Top 10 Best Studio Recording/Mixing Console Brands In 2024
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Top 10 Best Studio Recording/Mixing Console Brands In 2024

Audio recording has become increasingly accessible since the introduction of personal computers and the internet. Yet, when it comes to the biggest names (and biggest money) in the audio industry, professional studios and high-end studio consoles are still the way things are done. A beautifully performed, recorded and mixed studio recording is a piece of…