Which type of mixing console?
In principle, with all mixing consoles you do the same: mixing sound signals. This may be necessary at a live concert for the hall mix, for the monitor mix for the musicians on stage or in a theater. But mixers are also used by DJs, for music recordings in a studio, in a church, and so on. Many mixing consoles are versatile and can be used for many different purposes.
Often three types of audio mixers can be distinguished: - a mixing console for sound recording in a studio - a mixing table to mix sound during a live performance - a mixing console that a DJ uses during his shows
Then there is also a distinction to be made between analog and digital mixing consoles. With a digital version you are a bit more flexible because you do not have to change your cables every time. You can do that via the built-in screen. All incoming sound sources are also converted from analog to digital for mixing with a digital mixing console. For a somewhat simpler performance, you can simply rent an analog mixing console.
How many channels should my mixer have?
That's quite easy to answer: count the number of instruments or vocals you want to mix. Your mixing console should have at least that number of channels. For a small musical duo, 2, 3 or 4 channels are enough, but if you need to mix a full band, you quickly need 12 or more channels or even dozens of channels for mixing the sound of a large orchestra. So consider carefully which mixing console you want to rent.
Which inputs does a mixing console have?
You often see mixing consoles equipped with the well-known 3-pin XLR inputs. These are widely used for connecting microphones
. If you have a stereo sound source, you often use a double jack input or the red-white RCA plugs.
Before you rent a mixer, think carefully about how many and what kind of sources and speakers you want to connect. Consider renting a mixing console with more connections than you think you need. This way you avoid that, for example, a guest musician or speaker with your own instrument
, headset or laptop
cannot be plugged in to your mixing console. That's why a little extra space can't hurt.