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Pro audio mixer buying guide
by Buck Pomerantz

A mixer is the brains and control center of a recording studio or PA system. This article will help you understand the different features you'll need in a audio mixer.

Crutchfield looks at the basics of a live sound system, examining how microphones, instruments, mixers, amplifiers, speakers, cables and more work together for you.

Intro to live sound equipment
by Robert Ferency-Viars

Whether you only need a single mic and a speaker or a full kit for your band, it pays to know how a PA system works. This article explains each piece of the system.

Video: Sound mixing tips
by Video Team

Mixers let you take all the instruments and vocals and turn them into a clear stereo mix. Here are a few quick tips to help you mix more effectively.

Yamaha MG Series mixers
by Buck Pomerantz

Yamaha MG Series analog mixers have tough metal chassis, easy-to-understand signal routing, and come in 10 different models. Some include effects and a USB connection.

The PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI digital mixer with Active Integration connects to an iPad for wireless mixing and to a computer for editing and recording.

Video: Yamaha MG mixers
by Video Team

Yamaha's MG mixers feature a road-worthy metal chassis, balanced XLR outputs, and studio-quality mic preamps.

A mixer takes the various signals from all the different singers and instrumentalists and combines them into a clear stereo mix.