An engineer’s love story
Computers: always faster, smaller, cheaper. Soon, we’ll just have chips with our data implanted in us with freedom to do whatever we choose. Need to record 60 tracks of audio? Done with the wave of a finger. Want to edit a video? Done with the roll of an eyeball. Or so the concept goes…
But for anyone with a small bit of ‘engineer’ in us, the one thing I know I’ll miss is a great mixer whose purpose is to route audio signals from different sources, one place to another – or from one place to many other places.
I know they make software mixers of all sorts these days. More digitized, less external or manual options – Apollo does a great example of this. But I’m talking about that good, hands-on-lots-of-knobs-sliders-aux-sends-tape-return type mixer. They just tend to come in handy for all sorts of things. Do I have a mixer with the whole computer built in? Of course! But I still want one with buttons to push and knobs to turn because “Mama, that’s where the fun is!” (and now I got to do a Manfred Mann lyric shout out, and that was pretty fun too…)
Digital Mixer – Apollo Twin MkII
That old-fashioned knobby kind – via Sweetwater