Mixing Consoles. So Many Knobs, So Little Time
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This chapter focuses on consoles involving faders that allow for volume control, pan knobs to position a sound from left to right, an auxiliary section to control effects, headphones, or monitors, and a whole host of other functions. Mastering the console will be necessary to succeed in audio production. Consoles are used in recording, live sound, or in conjunction with digital audio workstations (DAWs). The preamp controls the gain and is used to boost a microphone signal. The EQ section gives control over the tone or color of the instrument being run through the selected channel. EQ sections are divided into specific frequency bands. Auxes are used to control FX sends. They are also used to control headphone and monitor mixes. In addition to the channel strip, recording consoles have a master section. Meters on a console indicate the amount of signal input or output from the channel, stereo bus, groups, or auxiliary section.