Designing a professional mixing console

by Steve Dove

An index page to articles from Studio Sound and Broadcast Engineering

From September 1980 into 1982 Studio Sound and Broadcast Engineering, a recording and production magazine from the UK published a series of articles written by Steve Dove called "Designing a professional mixing console". Scans of these magazines, and loads of others are now available at

Below you find an index to all articles with direct links to the archive. Page number are referring to the PDF file (portable document format).

Part 01 - Introduction and Recording/PA Console Description - page 60

Part 02 - Broadcast Consoles - page 70

Part 03 - Op-amps, Friend orFoe? - page 32

Part 04 - The Mixer Front-End - page 40

Part 05 - Signal Switching - page 58

Part 06 - When is a ground not a Ground? - page 56

Part 07 - Equalizers 1 - page 70

Part 08 - Equalizers 2 - page 82

Part 09 - Equalizers 3 - page 76

Part 10 - Monitoring - page 68

Part 11 - The Channel System - page 72

Part 12 - The Channel Frontend - page 68

Part 13 - The Back-end 1 - page 92

Part 14 - The Back-end 2 - page 72

On a similar topic you might also find this article interesting

Understanding noise in mixers by Ted Fletcher (Alice) - page 36

This series of articles was written in the hope of explaining in relatively straightforward and non - mathematical terms, the processes involved in the conception and design (both systems and electronic) of cost effective consoles to today's upper bracket commercial standard. Along the way a lot of ill founded mystique about what goes on under the knobs will be attacked mercilessly, and a few hypotheses as to the future direction of audio control thinking will be mooted.

Steve Dove

It doesn’t make much sense to build an analog mixing console these days with all the low cost new and second hand consoles now availably. Still these articles are interesting for education purpose and give an insight to what goes into planning a useful mixing console.
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