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Encyclopedia > DJ mixer

A DJ mixer is a type of audio mixing console used by disc jockeys. The key features that differentiate a DJ mixer from other types of audio mixers are the ability to redirect (cue) a non-playing source to headphones and the presence of a crossfader, which allows for an easier transition between two sources. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 613 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1390 × 1360 pixel, file size: 280 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Behringer DX626 DJ mixer. ... BBC Local Radio Mark III radio mixing desk In professional audio, a mixing console, digital mixing console, mixing desk (Brit. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Headphones (disambiguation). ... In radio communications, fade describes the loss of signal strength at the receiver. ...


Structure

A typical modern DJ mixer generally has between two and six stereo channels for connecting and mixing audio sources. Each channel usually has a phono input with RIAA equalization for turntables and one or two line level inputs for sources such as CD players. Controls for individual channels are arranged in vertical columns (channel strips), starting with a switch or a knob selecting between the inputs. Label for 2. ... Audio mixing is used in sound recording, audio editing and sound systems to balance the relative volume and frequency content of a number of sound sources. ... The phono input are a set of input jacks, usually behind a stereo receiver to which a phonograph or turntable is attached. ... The RIAA equalization curve for playback of vinyl records. ... “Tonearm” redirects here. ... Line level is the strength of an audio signal used to transmit analog sound information between audio components such as CD and DVD players, TVs, amplifiers, and mixing consoles. ... A compact disc player or CD player is an electronic device to play audio from compact discs. ...


Below the input selector is a gain (or trim) control, used to match signal levels between channels. Next follows an equalizer section, used to fade parts of tracks in and out; a common basic technique is to kill the bass on one channel while mixing so the basslines of two tracks don't clash. Some more controls may follow, such as a balance knob, built-in sound effects and aux-sends for external effects units. Below there's normally a cue switch sending the signal to the headphones, letting the DJ to preview and beatmatch a track without sending it to the master output, but on some mixers there's a different way to select the cued source. Channel strip ends with a fader which sets the channel's signal volume in the final mix. In electronics, gain is usually taken as the mean ratio of the signal output of a system to the signal input of the system. ... For information about computer bandwidth management, see Equalization (computing). ... In audio engineering, a fade is a gradual increase or decrease in the volume of a source, such as when a song is gradually reduced to silence at its end (fade-out), or gradually increases from silence at the beginning (fade-in). ... Bass (IPA: [], rhyming with face), when used as an adjective, describes tones of low frequency or range. ... In popular music a bassline, also bass line, is an instrumental part, or line, which is in the bass or lowest range and thus lower than the other parts and part of the rhythm section. ... Label for 2. ... Sound effects or audio effects are artificially created or enhanced sounds, or sound processes used to emphasize artistic or other content of movies, video games, music, or other media. ... Aux-send is a feature of a professional multi-track sound mixing (or recording) console which provides an effects loop, allowing the insertion and level control of outboard audio processing to be added to an audio source or channel within the mixing console. ... It has been suggested that Effects pedal be merged into this article or section. ... Beatmatching is a disc jockey technique of pitch shifting or timestretching a track to match its tempo to that of the currently playing track. ... // Information processing In information processing, output is the process of transmitting information by an object (verb usage). ... In audio engineering, a fade is a gradual increase or decrease in the volume of a source, such as when a song is gradually reduced to silence at its end (fade-out), or gradually increases from silence at the beginning (fade-in). ...


The signal may pass through a crossfader. On simple mixers there are normally two channels assigned opposite ends of the crossfader, sometimes with a button to reverse the crossfader's direction. More advanced mixers have assignable crossfaders in which each channel can be assigned to either end of the crossfader or to bypass the crossfader entirely. Many scratch mixers have a crossfader curve control that effectively changes the distance the crossfader needs to travel to open the channel fully, letting to shorten it to a millimetre or two, which is useful for speedy scratching (see turntablism). A millimetre (American spelling: millimeter, symbol mm) is an SI unit of length that is equal to one thousandth of a metre. ... Scratching is a DJ or turntablist technique used to produce sounds for some types of music. ... Turntablism is the art ofSubscript text manipulating sounds and creating music using phonograph turntables and an audio mixer. ...


Additionally, one or two microphone inputs may be present to accommodate MCs. These can be configured either as additional inputs to main channels or as special microphone channels which are similar in structure, but normally have fewer controls and are often monaural. “Microphones” redirects here. ... MasterCard logo Manchaster Town Hall MC can mean: Mini Cooper: Macao: FIPS PUB 10-4 territory code Machine, (also m/c) Manchester, England (also m/c) Mariah Carey, American songstress Marginal cost Marin Catholic Master cylinder Master of Ceremonies Rapper (also emcee), or a prefix for the names of rappers... Label for 1. ...


Most DJ mixers feature peak meters to aid matching levels between channels and monitor the signal for clipping. Usually there are peak meters for master mix and cued mix, though sometimes per-channel meters are present. Peak Meter is a type of visual device that indicates the voltage level of the signal that is passing through it. ... The picture shows an oscilloscope screen of an amplifier clipping. ...


A DJ mixer has one or two headphone jack plugs and a headphone volume control. Headphones are normally used to monitor a cued channel, but on some mixers other variants are possible, such as split cue where cued channels are sent to the left headphone channel and master mix to the right, or a way to select between cued channels and master mix. 2. ...


Normally there are two or more outputs for the master mix, used to send the signal to an amplifier or another mixer for the public address system, to a loudspeaker in the DJ booth for monitoring the mix, or to a tape recorder or a computer for recording. There may be one volume control for all outputs or separate controls for each outputs. Sometimes a recording output doesn't have a volume control. For the British rock band of the same name, see Amplifier (band). ... A public address system, abbreviated PA system, is an electronic amplification system used as a communication system in public areas. ... For the Marty Friedman album, see Loudspeaker (album) An inexpensive low fidelity 3. ... Sony reel-to-reel tape recorder. ... This article is about the machine. ...


Manufacturers

Allen & Heath (also known as AH) are a company based in Penryn, Cornwall, UK, specialising in the manufacture of high end live audio audio consoles. ... BEHRINGER Spezielle Studiotechnik GmbH (Behringer) is a German audio equipment manufacturer, founded in its present form in 1989. ... Carvin (Guitar manufacturer) Since 1946 Carvin has been building and selling high quality and highly regarded musical instrument products direct to the consumer. ... Denon is a Japanese electronics company that specializes in high-fidelity audio equipment. ... Ecler Logo Ecler is a manufacturer of audio equipment based in Barcelona, Spain. ... Fostex is a Japanese manufacturer of loudspeakers and professional audio equipment. ... International Corporate Logo Headquarters, New Jersey, USA Gemini Sound Products Corporation is a worldwide manufacturer of professional audio and mobile DJ equipment, including DJ CD players, DJ turntables, DJ mixers, professional amplifiers, loudspeakers, wireless microphones & DJ audio effects. ... For comic book character, see Korg (comics). ... Numark Industries is a global DJ equipment brand that make DJ Mixers, Turntables, DJ CD Players and now they have just introduced DJ DVD Mixing consoles. ... Peavey Electronics Corporation is one of the largest audio equipment manufacturers in the world, headquartered in Meridian, Mississippi in the United States. ... Old Pioneer Logo (Until 1998) Pioneer Corporation ) (TYO: 6773 ) is a Japanese multinational corporation that specializes in digital entertainment products, based in Tokyo, Japan. ... Rane Corporation is a pro audio equipment manufacturer. ... Roland Corporation ) TYO: 7944 is a Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, electronic equipment and software. ... Stanton Magnetics, founded in 1946, is a manufacturer of professional audio equipment for DJs. ... Studiomaster is a British manufacturer of mixing consoles and other professional audio equipment. ... Technics is a brand name of the Japanese company Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. ... Vestax Logo The Vestax Corporation of Japan began in 1977 as a designer and manufacturer of electronic guitars. ...

References

  • A History of the Development of DJ Mixer Features (PDF)

 
 

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