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Why should you choose a digital mixing console?

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A major question for anyone upgrading or buying a new professional audio setup is whether to choose a digital or analogue mixing console. There are plenty of people who will argue the merits of one over the other, but the reality is that there's no one set of criteria for making that choice. It all comes down to what you want to get out of a mixer.

Let's take a look at three of the biggest edges digital mixers have over their analogue counterparts. If these are qualities you're looking for, going with a digital mixer is a solid option.

1. Capability

There's a lot of satisfaction that comes with finding the right balance to your sound through a mixer - and even more frustration if you can't replicate those levels when it comes time to record or perform. One of the major benefits of digital mixing consoles is they offer a number of ways to quickly load up those presets, recalling them automatically, loading them in through a USB drive or bringing them up from another connected device.

2. Convenience

One of the biggest challenges an analogue mixer presents is its sheer size, especially when you consider all the other equipment you use with it in live performance or recording situations. A digital mixer, on the other hand, is typically far less cumbersome and offers high amounts of versatility for operating convenience. The Ui24R mixing console from Soundcraft, for example, connects wirelessly with up to 10 devices for control from any point in a studio or venue.

3. Cost

A common misconception is that analogue is always cheaper than digital when it comes to mixers. There are a few problems with this notion. First, cost isn't always a disadvantage - especially since you typically get what you pay for in professional audio. More importantly, that price comparison doesn't always hold true, especially when you factor in the cost of additional processing equipment needed for analogue mixers. A good digital mixer will typically have these capabilities embedded, reducing the need for additional equipment purchases.

 

 

For performers and producers who want fine-tuned control over their sound, along with the most advanced technology, Jands recommends the Soundcraft Ui24R digital mixer. Delivering incredible sound quality and convenient operation through the Harman Connected PA app, this mixer packs a powerful punch.

For more advice on mixing consoles, as well as other professional audio and lighting equipment, Contact us today.

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