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What are the most common uses for stereo channels on a mixer?

It's a common misconception that the point of stereo speakers is mostly to be able to pan individual signals to have different strength in the two output channels and thus achieve “locations in the ...
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What are the most common uses for stereo channels on a mixer?

Even though you don't use them, there are plenty of 'stereo' sources (I'll mention the difference between most of these and a true stereo image later) and plenty of effects with 'stereo' outputs, ...
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Mix multiple audio signals together from TRS cables

What you want to do is to mix signals, so you need a mixer. Perhaps the cheapest and simplest commercial device to do the task could be a passive mixer. Note that passive mixer will reduce the signal ...
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How to reduce noise in a mixing console

Mixing consoles don't have space to house top-notch (and expensive) discrete preamps. The Soundcraft preamps may be, well decent – that is, sufficient for any typical source: condenser mics and active ...
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Can phantom power pass through a compressor?

The short answer is no, and don't do that. :-) Your mixer contains a very important component, which is the mic preamp. The compressor wants to use line-level signal as input and output. Even if you ...
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Why do I not get stereo output of my drums through the mixer?

The problem is that the mixer is fully monaural (mono) and your headphones are stereo. Your mixer’s output is not designed to work with headphones. A TRS cable connecting the drum module to the mixer ...
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What’s the Purpose of “Mixing” a song

Let's say you've recorded a couple of vocals, a set of drums, two guitars, bass and keyboards. Using only one track for each, that's seven different tracks. (Keys are usually stereo, drums could be ...
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A device to hear myself?

What you're looking for is called direct monitoring. There are several options: Maybe you can turn on direct monitoring in your recording program. This is sometimes also called input monitoring or ...
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What are the advantages of a 24/16 track over a 8 track recorder when you can only record 8 simultaneously?

Being able to record 8 channels at once means you can just about record a drum kit in one take... they need a lot of mics, even if you're going to sub-mix to multitrack. If you have an 8-track ...
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Electric guitar on a mixer

It seems to me what you really want is an audio interface so you can simultaneously run your guitar and mic into a digital device for recording/sharing. I have one with two input channels that take ...
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How to control an analog or digital mixer (every channel seperatly) from laptop using vst plugins live

You have a few different options. Mix completely "in the box", i.e. all mixing happens in software in the DAW. Your audio interface has enough input channels to bring all audio things into ...
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How to properly set signal volume when sampling

Most modern audio electronics are designed to be linear. That means that ideally, it shouldn't matter how much signal level you have: the output level simply scales along with the input level, with no ...
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What are the most common uses for stereo channels on a mixer?

There are many stereo sources that can benefit from stereo channels on a mixing board. Among them are keyboards with a stereo out, computers/software samplers/synths, any instrument going through an ...
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How to listen to my guitar on earphones on a live playing gig while it also sounds in the main monitor speakers, and switch off the guitar sometimes?

I believe this can easily be accomplished with an inexpensive compact mixing board. Run your Line 6 Pod into a stereo channel and the main output of the mixing board to the main sound input. The ...
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How to listen to my guitar on earphones on a live playing gig while it also sounds in the main monitor speakers, and switch off the guitar sometimes?

John's solution was my first thought. But you may have your hands full of guitar at those moments. So augmenting the equipment needed with a couple of simple volume pedals placed in the signal train ...
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Would PA Speakers or Studio Monitors be better for practicing live vocals?

You won't learn anything useful singing through studio monitors. Don't even bother. You will learn some useful things by singing through a powered PA top that is on its side in wedge configuration ...
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Solving volume drop when using impedance matching transformer

The problem you are looking at is that the 1/4" jack input is set for Line Level, and the Mic is producing the lower Mic level. The Impedance transformer is merely adjusting the impedance levels to ...
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What is the purpose of phase invert?

To avoid the effect of Phase Cancellation, as pictured below: This happens when you record with multiple microphones and their phases are cancelling each other. You should use it when visually you ...
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Difference between audio interface and mixer

What i know about the audio interface and the mixer is that they both turn analog signal into digital signal. That's not right. Not all mixers have the ability to turn analog signals into digital ...
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PA Mixer Setup for band

For a venue and audience that size, the most important thing will be making the vocals audible. You should run mono. If you don’t have even small subs then bass and kick drum might not make sense to ...
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Would PA Speakers or Studio Monitors be better for practicing live vocals?

You can't ever really tell what you sound like though either a PA or studio monitors… because you're singing at the same time. If you really want to hear what it sounds like to others, you'll have to ...
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Connecting two mixers

The connection between sub-mixer and main mixer doesn't have to be RCA., it could be jack to jack, or XLR. With 50', you may need balanced leads, so it will depend where physically your snake is, or ...
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What is on the stereo output of a mixer if I'm recording with only one mic?

You should be able to assume that L and R are basically the same (within the operating tolerances of the unit) if - The 'Pan' control for the channel is centred You're not using any of the stereo ...
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Speaker impedance connected in parallel for the power mixer

Two things: 1) yes, within limits, the impedance of two identical objects wired in parallel will be half the impedance of each one. 2) As to "not powerful enough," all that means is you can't go ...
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What are the most common uses for stereo channels on a mixer?

It is quite common for presenters to use stereo sources when the mixer is used for presentations in schools, halls, and businesses. Often presenters will play pre-recorded songs or videos which are ...
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Connecting analogue mixer console to FL studio

With an analogue mixer and a 2 input computer audio interface there's no way of processing each of the independent mixer's channels in the DAW. The issue is not that the mixer is analogue (most of ...
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