Analogue vs digital mixers
All analogue mixer functions are controlled by physical knobs, switches and faders. This makes the analogue mixer very intuitive and still very popular in many circumstances also due to its more affordable price. The signal and hardware routing is easily comprehensible because its all visual.
Both analogue and digital mixers are capable of transmitting very high quality sound. The quality of the sound in an analogue mixer depends on the electronic circuits but especially the mic pre-amps built into the desk.
Looking for instant changes to routing, signal dynamics and effects a digital mixer will be hard to beat. Digital mixers can be pre-programmed, the program can be initialised with a simple press of a button. Some desk even allow for using compatible software plugins. When you’ve perfected your mix the digial mixer can save and recall mixes at any time. This makes it easier for a venue to recall a mix that worked in that specific space.
Digital mixers are quite pricey and the engineer needs to be trained on that specific device and the learning curve can be steep.
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