Guidelines for Buying A New Mixer

Mike Sessler on purchasing a new mixer for your church:

Almost weekly, I receive an e-mail asking for advice on which mixer to buy.

The answer, of course, is always the same; it depends. No seriously, that’s the answer. Because there is no “one” right mixer for every church.

There are quite a few that hit a sweet spot in terms of a performance/value ratio, but even those are not right for every situation. So what I thought I’d do is walk through a process that I use when spec’ing out a new mixer for a church.

Keep in mind that every single gear purchase is a compromise. What we try to achieve is the best compromise for the situation, with some room to grow.

So with that in mind, here we go.

Primary Objective Of Upgrade

It may seem obvious, but a lot of churches are “convinced” they need a new mixer, but can’t articulate why. “Ours is old and it’s not doing the job,” is not sufficient. What part of the job is it not doing? Does it lack inputs? Is it noisy? Do some of the faders not work? Too few outputs? Too big? Don’t like the color scheme?

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