A sound mixer can also be known as a mixing console or more commonly as an audio mixer. This is an electronic device used for mixing, balancing and combining different sounds and audio signals, sources like microphones, instruments, and synthesizers or previously recorded audio. The adjusted sound signals are then sent to a result known as the output, which is then transmitted and amplified using a sound system. As the lights begin getting switched on again, and society slowly wakes back up following periods of lockdown, the prospect of live music resuming is back on the agenda. And how we have missed it. While we’ve all made the best of Zoom calls, streamed live sessions and suchlike, nothing can replace the experience of watching talented people perform music in the flesh. If you’re one of those looking to get back up on stage, you probably want to review the gear you’re using so we’ve rounded up the best consoles for live mixing you can buy right now. From simple, plug and play affairs for a solo artist performing in a coffee shop, through to expansive multi-input desks for larger venues and groups, we’ve picked our favourites to help you sound as good as you can. We were all guilty of perhaps taking live music for granted before the pandemic. Let’s never do that again. Take a look at our top picks below, or hit the buying advice button above for more guidance. There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing a console for live mixing and while there’s always room for a bit of versatility, as a pure live mixing desk the EMB is a great choice. It boasts enough connectivity to accommodate a full band – other sizes are available too – and its solid construction gave us confidence it would last a lifetime of use.
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