Now that you know the basic concepts of how mixers operate, you should have a better idea of how these tools can help you in your musical pursuits. Keep in mind that mixing is an art, and practice, experience, and experimentation are some of the best teachers to help you learn a particular piece of equipment.
Output meters are critical for getting a good sound out of your mixer. Signals that are too strong will distort, and that distortion will pass through the mixer and amplifier right into your speakers. When your meters read at a level of 0 you’ve still got some room left. In fact, it’s perfectly okay if the signal peaks (for example, the initial crack from your snare drum) between 0 and +7.
Getting the signal to the optimum level when it first enters the mixer is essential for a high-quality mix. Here’s a simple way to set the input levels correctly. Perform these steps on every channel of your mixer: