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Some Questions about mixers and recording things

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by PuNkJaSo, Mar 18, 2005.

  1. PuNkJaSo


    Dec 5, 2004
    Ok here are some questions:

    How does a mixer that is not powered work? Do I need to have a powered mixer in order to use as a PA system?

    For recording, my friend has the Tascam US-122. I want something like that except more channels for microphones and stuff. I need something thats $400 and below, any suggestions?
  2. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    You will need a power amp before it can be used as a PA. The mixer basically takes the very weak signal from your bass/mic/whatever, and boosts it from under 1 volt, to a signal which is somewhere between 1 and 2 volts. At that level, it's strong enough to feed it to a recorder, or to a power amp.

    A power amps job is to convert that 1-2 volt signal into a much, much stronger signal and feed it to loudspeakers.

    A powered mixer is just a normal mixer with a power amp built in.