How to Set Up Mixers for a PA System

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In a PA sound system, what does the auxiliary section of the mixing board do? Get a close look at the mixers auxiliary send and return paths for a PA system in this free professional music video from an expert PA designer.

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Hi! My name is Kip Bradford and I am here on behalf of Expert Village. In this clip we are going to actually take a closer look at what the auxiliary section of our mixing board does. These are our auxiliaries. These control the signal flow from going through this channel strip and will divert that or not divert it, will also send whatever is going through this strip to our axillary buses or auxiliary output if you will. There is a little button called Pre and this will allow you to manipulate if you put it into the premode. When I change this auxiliary, the channel fader does not affect whatever I do here. If I leave it in post, then whatever I am doing here is after the channel fader and so by increasing or decreasing, the channel fader level will also increase or decrease the auxiliary level. Normally for monitor mixes, we leave this in Pre if we are going to control our monitor mix with an auxiliary. That way I can control the house independently from the monitor mix. These are auxiliary sends. This means that we are sending from the board and then we are returning to the board over here. So our auxiliary send 1 if we use it in our fixed processor will send the signal into the effects processor and pick up that affect and return to our return 1 or return 2.

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