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The channel strip is a fundamental part of any mixing console. It is a standard for recording studios that do not need an entire mixer. The channel strip itself is a single channel of a mixer that is high-quality with a group of audio processes that glue the mix together. All the tools offered on the channel strip help a producer’s workflow easier than having to keep reaching for inserts.
Due to the saved costs for all other elements of mixing consoles, the channel strip is increasingly used in the private home studio. It can conveniently be housed in different locations, including a strip tab in the mixing console, with more detail and parameters visible in the channel settings window. The Channel Strip is regarded to as an effective device in the broadest sense, which is often used for vocal recordings.
In this article, you will get a quick understanding of the major parts of the channel strip;
XLR microphone input
The XLR mic input with XENYX preamp is where the signals that are generally the mic level inputs come through. It is the spot where your microphone lead connects to your mixer.
The insert input/output jack is used for connecting external processors. They can be used to connect the channel strip to an effects device like the EQ, Compressor, or Reverb. Usually, an insertion cable is required, which has three connectors; one for input and output, another to send the channel output into the effect processor’s input, while the other returns the sound from the effects processor into the channel strip.
The pad button controls a 26dB attenuator. Some channel strips have it written as ‘Pad’ while others have ‘26dB,’ but there are other less common variations. The use of the pad button is to control the signal coming into the channel. If the signal is too loud even when the gain is set to zero, turn on the pad to control it.
The pan control on a channel strip is not so different from its use on a standard DAW mixer. The Pan control will always determine where in the stereo spectrum the signal will sit. When the control is adjusted towards the left, the sound will always sit further to the left. When turned to the right, the sound shifts further to the right.
This adjusts the amount of gain that is applied to the incoming signal. This control has to be adjusted accordingly for different signal input types like; mics, line, and instrument levels.
Auxiliary Bus levels
These are the knobs that will help you adjust the signal level sent to the bus for auxiliary.
Mute & Clip LEDs
These little lights are essential in providing basic information.
The clip tells you when the signal is getting close to clipping level. This is essential for a producer to ensure that that signal is just the right amount of hot to avoid a loud clip.
Mute will merely light up when the signal is being fed into the channel strip. With this LED, you can confirm that everything is coming through okay.
This is the part of a channel strip that everyone must know by now. It adjusts the signal output level and allows the producer to achieve a balance of levels between the channels of the mixer. This process is usually referred to as mixing.
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