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    Q. Are balanced connections essential?

    I recently bought an old Trident VFM mixing desk, but I was disappointed to discover that it only offers unbalanced line...

    Sound Advice Mar 2007
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    Q. Should I use my mixer's group outputs or its direct outs for recording?

    I recently started teaching music technology in a college and was asked to rebuild one of the studios. It uses a 32-channel...

    Sound Advice Jan 2006
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    Q. How can I achieve phase inversion?

    I've read about a technique that increases the perceived width of the stereo mix using phase inversion. Can I use this method even though my mixer doesn't have phase-invert buttons?

    Sound Advice Jan 2006
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    Q. Can I modify my mixing console?

    Is it possible to modify a console's channels so that the meters on the meterbridge show the signal level post-fader rather than just after the insert point?

    Sound Advice Jan 2005
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    Q. Do I really need touch-sensitive moving faders?

    I'm looking to buy a moving-fader control surface for my DAW and I'm wondering if it's worth paying a bit extra for one with touch-sensitive faders. How important a feature is this?

    Sound Advice Nov 2004
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    Q. Do I need to address the gain structure differently in digital and analogue consoles?

    I was told by a sound engineer that, when mixing, it is not a good practice to have all the channel volume faders way up and to have the master fader down, and that this applies both to analogue and digital consoles. Is this true?

    Sound Advice Jan 2004
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    Q. Are all faders created equal?

    Different mixing consoles and multitrackers have different kinds of faders — long- and short-throw, motorised, touch-sensitive, conductive plastic, and so on. Clearly, not all faders are created equal, but what are the essential differences?

    Sound Advice Dec 2003
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    Q. What do Solo, PFL and AFL do?

    Please can you explain the difference between 'soloing' a channel and using the other buttons marked 'PFL' and 'AFL' to listen...

    Sound Advice Sep 2003
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    Q & A January 2003

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    Can I use my drum pads to trigger drum machine sounds? • Are red indicators in audio software significant? • What is 'zero level'? • Can you advise me on vocal recording and microphones? • Why have my faders stopped working? • Does normalising have any adverse effect on audio? • Can I obtain better orchestral sounds on a budget?

    Sound Advice Jan 2003
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    Pros & Cons Of Software & Hardware Mixers

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    More than ever before, it's possible to reproduce the functions of a hardware mixer with software in a computer. But can you completely replace a mixer with software — and, more to the point, should you be trying to? Paul White plays devil's advocate...

    Sound Advice Mar 2001
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    Q. Can I use my computer as a digital mixer?

    I am thinking about upgrading the audio setup of my computer system (G3/300 tower with 92Mb RAM). I am looking at the MOTU...

    Sound Advice Dec 2000
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    Q. How should I go about using two 16-channel mixers together?

    I need to upgrade my 16‑channel Mackie 1604VLZ mixer to 32 channels, but there is a cash problem. The price...

    Sound Advice Sep 2000
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    Anatomy Of A Mixer

    Functions & Circuitry Explained

    Hugh Robjohns shrinks to microscopic size in order to show you around the conglomeration of knobs, wires and circuits that make up a mixer.

    Sound Advice Apr 1997


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