In this article we will tell you more about the functions of a small mixing station and compare the 5 cheapest options.
What is a mixing station?
A mixing station can have many names, such as: PA-mixer, a mixer or a mixing console. The main function of a mixing station is to mix multiple audio sources into one piece of music. A small mixing station gives you the tools, but as a DJ, sound engineer or a beginner you have to operate them with your own mixing talent. When you use a mixing station all the different sounds will come in and you have to mix these sounds with different buttons and faders.
The basic options of a small mixing station usually contains:
- Increase or decrease the music level (fader)
Most mixing stations have Reverb and Monitoring functions. These functions are stationed in multiple channel strips. In the scheme beneath, we will explain the functions of each channel strip.
|Microphone Input (XLR-cable)||At the top of the mixer there are often inputs for different instruments. These can be XLR connectors or Jack connectors.|
|Other inputs||There are also two large Jack connectors, which you can use as a balanced input or a regular input.|
|Volume/gain||This allows you to adjust the volume separately from the bottom. There is also an option for a low-cut, which removes the low frequencies.|
|Equalizer||You can use an equalizer to adjust the different frequencies. For example, you can turn the low frequencies softer or louder. In this case you have 3 options, high, mid and low.|
|FX||Controlling effects like Reverb and Delay.|
|Pan||Pans sound to the left or right.|
|Mute||Turns the sound off completely.|
|Faders||Increase or decrease the volume of a channel (channel-strip).|
Digital mixing stations are very much on the rise. The advantages of digital mixing are enormous and leave the analog mixing in its rear-view mirror. With a digital mixer you can, for example, use a display EQ and audio compressors on a display, which makes the use of peripheral devices unnecessary. In many cases this makes the digital mixing station more expensive.
What do you need a small mixer for?
Simply said, there are 4 types of mixing stations
- DJ mixing station, this mixing station is especially used for mixing songs on top of each other.
- Radio mixing station, almost similar to a DJ mixing station but with more possibilities.
- Live-mixing station, for live mixing of a band or other performances. In this case, the mixing station is part of a PA.
- Studio-mixing station, it looks a lot like a live mixing station but has a few different options to use in your recording process.
What should you pay attention to when purchasing a small and cheap mixing station?
As a starting musician there are a lot of parts that you must concern yourself with when purchasing a small mixing station. Take a good look at everything we discussed above or leave a comment under this article for a more personal advice.
- Take a good look at the purpose of your mixing station, all mixing stations have a different goal when it comes to music.
- How many inputs and outputs do you need?
- Do you have enough editing options, such as, high, mid, low and reverb?