While mixers or mixing desks as they are known in the UK, come in all different shapes and sizes, the basic principles of how they’re operated can be applied to most boards. In the video we provide video demonstrations of the steps found in the bullet points below to ensure that you’re setting your vocal signal to the ideal level on your mixer.
Setting Up the Mixer/Mixing Desk For Live Performances
Setting up steps
• Connect your microphone’s XLR cable to the mixer input, and connect the Main Out of the mixer to your speakers/amplifier. Ensure that the Master Fader is set to Zero.
• Adjust the Gain or Trim knob to healthy level without going overboard – 11:00 is usually a safe bet.
SETTING UP THE MIXER/MIXING DESK FOR LIVE PERFORMANCE
• EQ can be used to adjust the Hi, Mid, and Lo frequencies of your voice to
shape a tone that’s to your liking.
• Use the Monitor Send to set the amount of vocals to your desired level in your monitors, and control the amount of effects on your voice using the Effects Send. Make sure that the Master Sends for both the Monitors and Effects are set to Zero.
• Bring your channel’s fader up to Zero. If you’re too loud, feeding back, or
are hearing distortion, try backing off of the Gain knob and compensating for
any volume on the channel fader.
Michael Harmon is a Berklee College of Music graduate. While drumming remains one of his first passions, Michael performs with several bands around the Northeast U.S. He educates young musicians in audio production and supports the art of independent record making. www.wachusettrecording.com
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