A mixer (sometimes called a mixing console or mixing desk) is a piece of audio gear that connects to various other audio gear (such as instruments and microphones), gathers the electronic signals from each sound source, and organizes them according to myriad settings. A mixer allows you to modify and adjust audio, ensuring it sounds its best.
An analog mixer (alternately spelled analogue mixer) is generally what comes to mind when you visualize a classic audio mixer. Compatible with analog electronic devices, analog mixers typically have a standard appearance and straightforward functionality of one control per function, which allows users with basic mixing knowledge to operate any analog mixer with relative familiarity.
When compared to their digital mixer counterparts, analog mixers offer fewer onboard features and lack the automation and wireless connectivity options that may be needed for more complex applications. However, their simplicity means that analog mixers are generally less expensive, making them an affordable option for applications that require more minimalistic mixing functionality.
Analog mixers are ideal for both live sound (FOH) and recording studios—anywhere that uses analog devices as their sound sources. Shop SoundPro’s top brands including Allen & Heath, Mackie, Peavey, Soundcraft, Yamaha, and many more!Read Less