Because the mixer is where all audio signals in a live show meet, it is the heart of a live setup. Though unpowered mixers are great at distributing audio signals across your setup, they do not provide power to passive speakers that require amplification.
Digital mixers utilize computer technology and software compatibility to produce high-quality live sound recordings.
USB mixers allow users to connect their mixer to a computer via USB. This feature is great for capturing stereo recordings of your live shows.
Microphones & Wireless
Dynamic mics are widely regarded as the best microphones for live environments. It is important to take polar pattern into consideration when selecting a live microphone for performance and recording.
Wireless mics are great solutions for larger stage environments. They also help create a clean stage requiring fewer cables. Comfortable artists give better performances, so your live recordings can capture them at their best.
Capturing video is a great way to document your performance to share with friends and family or promote online. Most cameras have the option for a microphone attachment, allowing you to record great audio and video simultaneously.
Portable multi-track recorders are great for capturing high-quality audio recordings of your performances. These devices are battery powered and record to SD cards.
Signal Processors & Power Conditioners
These can serve a variety of purposes in live situations. Practical solutions like noise and feedback reduction are crucial, while compressors, equalizers and time- and modulation-based effects will help you improve your audio quality and dial in your sound.
Sometimes, venues may not have the best electricity. Power regulators and conditioners will consistently distribute clean power to your rig.
In-ear monitors, or IEMs, allow musicians to personalize the mix in their monitors. This helps musicians stay on time and in pitch, so they can deliver the best performance.
Over-ear, or circumaural, headphones help live sound engineers isolate the mix in the loud live-sound environment.