Submixers for Drummers
THE NEED FOR SUB-MIXERS
There’s no getting away from it, a great drum sound requires several microphones – and several channels on your band’s mixer.
If your band’s mixer is running low on channels, you’re probably already making a compromise: maybe just using a kick or snare microphone, or even just a single overhead. Either way, you’re not being fully heard.
But it doesn’t have to be this way!
Adding a sub-mixer ensures the audience hears the perfect mix of your drums without using up valuable channels on your band’s mixer, and you have control over the balance – and tone – of your drums.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD DRUM SUB-MIXER?
High Fidelity Preamps
Drums are a dynamic and complex sound source: the size of the shell, the tuning of the head, the weight of the stick, the type of beater – all these factors combine with your playing style to forge your individual sound.
A high-quality microphone preamp will ensure all the nuances in your playing are captured along with the true tone of your drums - with no loss of detail or impact.
Adding a sub-mixer with line inputs will make adding electronic drum pads quick and easy without eating up more inputs on the main mixer.
You can also use line inputs to take a monitor mix from the main mixer, allowing you to blend in the drums and set the overall level of your monitor or IEMs from your drum stool.
Unless you’re aiming for the ultra-dry 70s drum sound, a little bit of reverb can go a long way on snare and toms. Some of the more popular reverb types used on drums include Hall and Plates, both of which are commonly used by sound engineers to give a sense of space to the drums.
Gigging and touring can be tough on instruments and hardware so you’ll want a mixer that’s built for life on the road. Mixers that are designed for live use will be built to take the bumps and scrapes that take place on busy stages - and in the back of the van.
Up To 4 Mics
If you want to keep things simple with 4 mic inputs - kick, snare and overheads - with reverb and the flexibility of line inputs for electronic drum pads and foldback, we have several options for you.
Do you want the most compact option possible? Check out the ZEDi10-FX.
Need the flexibility of sweepable mid-band EQ? Take a look at the ZED10-FX.
Prefer the feel of faders? The ZED60-10FX is the sub-mixer for you.
And all of these mixers are small enough to fit under your arm when loading in and out, cutting down on the number of trips to the van at the end of the night.
- 4 mono inputs (Mic/Line)
- 2 stereo channels (Line)
- 3-band EQ with sweepable mid
- Integrated FX
- 1 monitor mix
- 60mm faders
- 2 channel USB recording/playback
For 5-8 Mics
The ZED60-14FX gives you 8 high-quality microphone preamps – enough to mic most kits – plus a pair of stereo line input channels for your electronic drum pads. You can even connect your monitor or IEMs to the mixer and blend your drums in with a foldback feed from the main mixer.
A 3-band EQ, with sweepable mids, is provided on all microphone channels so you can tease out every ounce of punch from your kit, and high-quality digital reverb is on-hand to add depth to your snare and toms.
You’ll have hands-on control over the individual levels of your kit via 60mm faders, so you can balance your drums to perfection before sending a mono or stereo feed to your band’s PA.
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