two varieties of mixers: hardware and software. a hardware mixer will physically take the audio output from, say, your microphone, a guest microphone, your CD player (cassette, etc.), or possibly a guest on the telephone and “funnel” or “mix” it all down into one output of audio which you can then input into your computer for digital recording.Using a hardware mixer allows you to visibly set your sound levels on-the-fly and individually for each audio source. This is how many traditional radio studios and recording studios do it.
What do you need? Mic (x2) Mixing desk, computer
But, I can also do wonderful audio enhancements because I use a recording application called Adobe Audition (formerly Cool Edit Pro) which is basically a recording studio in-a-box.With this software I can fix audio, amplify it, equalize it, add reverb, mix it, change the pitch, add a host of effects, filter out noise and much more. Adobe Audition is also a software mixer and I can create multi-tracked projects - one track at a time - and then mix it all down exactly as I want it.Besides the hardware/mixer route, there are other software-based solutions for recording and mixing sound including WebPod Studio and iPodcast Producer.
JACK stations – anti format
Like anything, formats have their place and although often vilified, they are not inherently evil. Formats give structure and are the skeletal basis for a station’s sound – or even a radio show.