Adventures In Audio
Faders

David Mellor

David Mellor is CEO and Course Director of Audio Masterclass. David has designed courses in audio education and training since 1986 and is the publisher and principal writer of Adventures In Audio.

Wednesday May 21, 2003
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The faders of the channels and groups of a mixing console control the levels
of the signals to the multitrack recorder and to the mix.

The fader itself cannot boost the signal level, it can only reduce it. There
is usually an amplifier before the fader with a fixed 10 dB gain.

At its zero position, the fader itself lowers the signal level by 10 dB
giving a resultant gain of 0 dB.

The fader has no influence over whether an individual signal is distorted or
not. If the signal in a particular channel is distorted, the gain setting is
too high. Lowering the fader will simply lower the level of the distortion.

It is important to remember that if a channel is routed to the mix, then it
adds noise to the mix - even if the fader is pulled all the way down.

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