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DJ mixer guide
Mixers add several input signal sources to one output signal. The mixture is reaction-free, d. H. the input signal sources do not influence each other. The mixers differ in scope of functions and number of channels. Simple devices often have only 2 input channels, professional devices often more than 50.
*** The principle technique ***
Regardless of the specific type of mixer, the main level matching controls in the input area are two types of level controls. They have different functions. The one type is channel selective as an input amplifier for the input signal sources, which are thus adapted to the mixing console level. These controllers are each per channel, d. H. multiple available. The second type of level controls are the faders. There are usually sliders per channel, with which the mixing ratio is set and thus the desired sound is generated. Since the level controls belong to the input area, they do not affect the sum channel. The here shown as a basic mode of operation generally applies in the input area of all mixing consoles, occasionally instead of the faders slider rotary potentiometers are available. In the subsequent signal processing, in the comfort, in the complexity and in the areas of application, however, there are differences. Common is both analog and digital technology.
*** The different mixer types ***
– All-round mixing consoles
are commercially available devices for versatile applications, but without special features or strengths.
– DJ mixers
are similar to the allrounders, but with special features for use by DJ’s.
– Recording mixing consoles
in analog or digital form are designed depending on the application relatively expensive and designed for multi-channel recording technology.
– PA mixers
are usually very elaborately constructed and high-quality equipment for use in professional and usually large-scale PA area. For home and home users, this technique is completely oversized and therefore not suitable.
– Desktop Mixers
are relatively inexpensive, usually have 2 or 4 input channels and a USB output port to the computer port.
*** Special features of a DJ mixer ***
Unlike other mixer types, a DJ mixer can be used as an additional instrument that not only combines the overall sound from individual sources, but also influences, shapes and changes it to achieve desired effects. It can do that mixeralso be combined with other effect devices. For smooth scratching and editing, there is a crossfader, which is a characteristic for DJ mixing consoles, distinguishing them from normal mixing consoles. Lighting control is also possible on some models.
*** DJ mixing desks – a case distinction ***
DJ mixing consoles can be divided into two basic categories.
So-called Battlemixer with mostly only 2 to 3 channels are limited to the most basic controls. Thus, they are manageable and easily applicable, which z. B. is advantageous for the quick handles during scratching. In the entrance area you usually have encoders for the internal level adjustment and the gain for mixing. Many of these devices are also suitable for mobile use.
The club mixers with mostly 4 channels and more are designed similar to the Battlemixer. However, they are primarily intended for stationary use, but can be used flexibly.
*** An overview of the most important standard settings of a DJ mixer ***
– Trim / Level, sometimes referred to as Gain, is used to adapt to a consistent internal work level.
– Linefaders increase the volume of each channel. For special techniques like u. a. Fast breakes or scratching occasionally exist instead of sliders, called rotary or dial faders.
– The crossfader is a typical and characteristic control of a DJ Mixhpult. It can quickly crossfade channels without having to use the line faders.
*** Some optional features of a DJ mixer ***
DJ mixers are often equipped with three-band equalizers, d. H. Basses, mids and heights. On some devices, the C.F. curve is adjustable, which defines the fastest possible fade time of the crossfader. With a Killswitch button or a Killswitch switch, parts of the frequency band can be suppressed on some models. The panorama potentiometer allows the manipulation of the stereo base, which is also called panning. Some DJ mixers are also equipped with internal effects generation and / or a sample section to create loops.
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