In the last post I described the sweet odyssey that was researching, testing and eventually setting up a rudimentary home music recording studio based on traditional instruments, an iPad and GarageBand. This post is about the control center of my set-up -the mixer, in my case a Mackie 402-VLZ3.
The thing. Mixers were developed to take a variety of input signals and allow the user to adjust the level of each, resulting in a mixed or balanced output signal. Good mixers have built in pre-amps and EQing capabilities while limiting added signal noise. This mixer has/does/doesn’t do these things well -all in a package a little bigger than a 1 pound London Broil steak.