Passive PA Mixers

A passive PA mixer is perhaps the most common type found on the current mixer market.

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  1. Vonyx VM-KG08 8-Channel PA Mixer, USB Audio Interface, Bluetooth & DSP
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    Vonyx VM-KG08 8-Channel PA Mixer, USB Audio Interface, Bluetooth & DSP
    • 8-channel audio mixer
    • Doubles as an audio interface via USB
    • 99 built-in pre-programmed DSP effects
    • Bluetooth technology for wireless audio streaming
    • Combi line/mic inputs and +48V phantom power
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  2. PD PDM-Y601 6-Channel PA Music Mixer with Bluetooth & MP3
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    £99.00
    PD PDM-Y601 6-Channel PA Music Mixer with Bluetooth & MP3
    • PA music mixer with 6-channels
    • Features 4 jack/XLR combination inputs
    • Inbuilt 24-bit 48Khz digital signal processor with effects
    • Built-in USB player for MP3 playback or connecting to a PC
    • Bluetooth streaming technology
    £99.00
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  3. PD PDM-Y401 4-Channel PA Music Mixer with Bluetooth & MP3
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    PD PDM-Y401 4-Channel PA Music Mixer with Bluetooth & MP3
    • Four-channel music mixer
    • Equipped with two mic/line jack/XLR combo inputs
    • Features a 24-bit, 48kHz digital effects processor with 99 effects
    • Inbuilt USB player to play MP3 files and connect to a PC
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless audio streaming
    £85.00
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  4. Vonyx VM-KG10 10-Channel PA Mixer with USB, Bluetooth & DSP
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    Vonyx VM-KG10 10-Channel PA Mixer with USB, Bluetooth & DSP
    • 10-channel versatile audio mixer
    • Direct connection to PCs via USB cable
    • 99 built-in DSP effects for the 6 main channels
    • Built-in Bluetooth receiver for audio streaming
    • Combo line/mic inputs and switchable phantom power
    Regular Price £165.00 Special test Price £160.00
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  5. PD PDM-Y801 8-Channel PA Music Mixer with Bluetooth & MP3
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    £119.00
    PD PDM-Y801 8-Channel PA Music Mixer with Bluetooth & MP3
    • 8-channel PA music mixer
    • Includes 6 combined jack/XLR inputs
    • Features 24 bit, 48Khz digital effects processor with 99 effects
    • USB input/output for playback and connecting to a PC
    • Bluetooth enabled for streaming wirelessly
    £119.00
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  6. Vonyx VM-KG06 6-Channel PA Mixer, USB Audio Interface, Bluetooth & DSP
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    £120.00
    Vonyx VM-KG06 6-Channel PA Mixer, USB Audio Interface, Bluetooth & DSP
    • 6-channel music mixer & interface
    • Direct connection to laptops/PC via USB cable
    • 99 built-in pre-programmed DSP effects
    • Bluetooth technology for audio streaming
    • 6x line/mic inputs with switchable +48V phantom power
    £120.00
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  7. Studiomaster CLUB XS 8 Channel Mixer
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    £159.00
    Studiomaster CLUB XS 8 Channel Mixer
    • PA mixing desk
    • 8 channels with line and mic inputs and phantom power
    • 16 built-in preset DSP effects
    • Bluetooth technology for wireless audio streaming
    • Built-in USB/SD media player with a record function
    £159.00
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  8. Studiomaster Club XS10 10 Channel PA Mixing Desk
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    Regular Price £199.00 Special test Price £179.00
    Studiomaster Club XS10 10 Channel PA Mixing Desk
    • Bluetooth audio connectivity for wirelessly streaming from smartphones or tablets
    • 10 channel mixer with 6 Mic and Line inputs and 2 stereo channels
    • All Mic/Line input channels feature 3-band EQ, 2 auxiliaries and a compressor
    • USB media playback and stereo track recording to USB/SD
    • Balanced XLR connectors with additional 6.3mm jack sockets
    Regular Price £199.00 Special test Price £179.00
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  9. Studiomaster Digilive 16 Digital Mixing Console
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    Regular Price £739.00 Special test Price £699.00
    Studiomaster Digilive 16 Digital Mixing Console
    • 16 Channel Desk with Motorized Faders
    • Fully recallable 16 channel mixing console with 8 100mm motorized channel strip faders
    • 7 inch HD Touch screen panel and iPad wifi connectivity for easy control the desks settings
    • 16 inputs consisting of 12 mic/line inputs and 2 x stereo inputs, all routable via it's 16 internal busses
    • Media playback and live recording using the built-in USB port
    Regular Price £739.00 Special test Price £699.00
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  10. Vonyx VMM-P500 4-Channel Music Mixer with MP3 & Bluetooth
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    Vonyx VMM-P500 4-Channel Music Mixer with MP3 & Bluetooth
    • 4 channel home studio mixer with phantom power, ideal for podcasts
    • Microphone and Instrument input to achieve better digital signals when producing music or live sound
    • Mix onboard effects into your recordings, including delay and reverb
    • 16 Mix presets to choose from and refine
    • Suitable for indoor and outdoor solo performances, wedding singers etc
    • Detailed specs on the product page
    Regular Price £79.00 Special test Price £70.99
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  11. Vonyx VMM-F701 7-Channel Stage Mixer
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    Regular Price £115.00 Special test Price £110.00
    Vonyx VMM-F701 7-Channel Stage Mixer
    • 5 Mono Microphone / Line Input (XLR and 6.3mm Jack)
    • Stereo line input (6.3mm Jack)
    • Tape input (RCA)
    • + 48V Phantom power
    Regular Price £115.00 Special test Price £110.00
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  12. Vonyx VMM-F401 4 Channel Mixer
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    £85.00
    Vonyx VMM-F401 4 Channel Mixer
    • 2 Mono Microphone / Line Input (XLR and 6.3mm Jack)
    • Stereo line input (6.3mm Jack)
    • Tape input (RCA)
    • + 48V Phantom power
    £85.00
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  13. Small PA Mixer with Bluetooth & USB - PD PDM-X401 4-Channels
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    Regular Price £97.00 Special test Price £91.99
    Small PA Mixer with Bluetooth & USB - PD PDM-X401 4-Channels
    • Switchable line and mic channels to connect various equipment
    • Adjustable EQ and pan on each channel
    • Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming
    • Adjustable echo effect on each channel
    • Built-in USB MP3 player for backing tracks
    Regular Price £97.00 Special test Price £91.99
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  14. Vonyx 6 Channel VMM-K602 DSP Mixer
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    Regular Price £129.00 Special test Price £125.00
    Vonyx 6 Channel VMM-K602 DSP Mixer
    • 4 Mono microphone-/line input (Combi XLR/Jack)
    • 1 Stereo line input (6.3mm Jack)
    • Internal sound card with record function USB/PC (USB connection)
    • 16 Pre-programmed DSP functions
    Regular Price £129.00 Special test Price £125.00
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  15. Vonyx VMM100 PA Mixer with USB and Bluetooth
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    Vonyx VMM100 PA Mixer with USB and Bluetooth
    • Compact PA mixing desk
    • Built-in Bluetooth receiver to stream audio wirelessly
    • USB MP3 player to play saved MP3 files
    • Adjustable echo and delay effects to add to each channel
    • Gain and low/high EQ controls for a custom sound
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  16. Vonyx VMM-K402 4 Channel Mixer
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    £100.00
    Vonyx VMM-K402 4 Channel Mixer
    • 2 Mono microphone-/line input (Combi XLR/Jack)
    • 1 Stereo line input (6.3mm Jack)
    • Internal sound card with record function USB/PC (USB connection)
    • 16 Pre-programmed DSP functions
    £100.00
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  17. Vonyx VMM-K802 8 Channel Music Mixer
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    Regular Price £155.00 Special test Price £130.00
    Vonyx VMM-K802 8 Channel Music Mixer
    • 6 Mono microphone-/line input (Combi XLR/Jack)
    • 2 Stereo line input (6.3mm Jack and RCA)
    • Internal sound card with record function USB/PC (USB connection)
    • 16 Pre-programmed DSP functions
    Regular Price £155.00 Special test Price £130.00
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  18. PD PDZM700 6-Channel 4-Zone Installation DJ Mixer
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    £279.00
    PD PDZM700 6-Channel 4-Zone Installation DJ Mixer
    • Inputs: 11 stereo line sources (RCA) and 3 microphone (6.3mm Jack)
    • Outputs: Zone 1 and balanced master (XLR), zone 2 and zone 3 (RCA)
    • Multiple zones assignable per channel
    • separate output volume for each zone
    • 2 Built-in USB audio interfaces
    £279.00
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  19. Soundlab 4-Channel Mono Microphone Mixer
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    Regular Price £34.00 Special test Price £23.99
    Soundlab 4-Channel Mono Microphone Mixer
    • Compact 4-Channel Line Mixer / Input Level Control for Each Channel
    • Colour: Black
    • Dimensions: 70 x 110 x 150mm / Weight: 0.325kg
    Regular Price £34.00 Special test Price £23.99
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  20. Studiomaster CLUB XS8+ 8 Channel Mixing Console with Bluetooth & DSP
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    £209.00
    Studiomaster CLUB XS8+ 8 Channel Mixing Console with Bluetooth & DSP
    • 8 Channel mixer with phantom power
    • Customisable line presets pre programmed for the type of venue your engineering
    • Clip monitor to avoid distortion in your speakers
    • Hard wearing, great for use both live music venue or home studio
    • Much more information in the full description
    £209.00
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  21. PD PDM-D301 3-Channel Mini USB DJ Mixer
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    Regular Price £49.99 Special test Price £43.99
    PD PDM-D301 3-Channel Mini USB DJ Mixer
    • Combined Jack/XLR input with Phantom power
    • 1 Stereo input channel with level control
    • 1 Mono input channel with ultra low noise microphone preamplifiers
    • 2-Way Equalizer on both channels
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  22. Studiomaster CLUB XS16+ 16 Channel PA Mixer with Effects & Bluetooth
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    £319.00
    Studiomaster CLUB XS16+ 16 Channel PA Mixer with Effects & Bluetooth
    • Mixing console with sixteen channels
    • Twelve XLR mic inputs and two stereo inputs
    • Apply one of sixteen DSP effects to any channel
    • Fader control and three-band EQ for each channel
    • Bluetooth functionality as well as inbuilt MP3 player
    £319.00
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  23. Vonyx VMM401 4-Channel PA Mixer with USB Audio Interface
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    £55.00
    Vonyx VMM401 4-Channel PA Mixer with USB Audio Interface
    • 4-channel USB-powered mixer
    • Switchable line/mic inputs with optional phantom power
    • Built-in Bluetooth receiver for wireless audio streaming
    • Fully adjustable gain, EQ control and echo effect
    • 3.5mm headphone jack output and AUX input
    £55.00
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  24. PD PDM-T1204 12-Channel PA Mixer with USB, Bluetooth, DSP
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    PD PDM-T1204 12-Channel PA Mixer with USB, Bluetooth, DSP
    • 12-channel PA mixer
    • Includes 12 XLR/jack microphone/line inputs
    • DSP processor with 380 multi-effects
    • 7-band equaliser settings to optimise output
    • Bluetooth enabled and USB input/output featured
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Live PA setups should always include a passive PA mixer, this helps to accurately place each of the sound signals in your overall mix. This can take a fair amount of practise to get it right, although once you have learned the art behind a good mix you will be able to produce a similar mix at all future performances. The mixers are built to resist the pressures of live use including all transportation between performance venues.

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If a passive mixer is used alongside an active speaker system, it will lend a small amount of the power from the amplifier within. Additionally if used with a passive system, the external amplifier used to operate each speaker will also draw power to the mixer itself. There are mixer-amplifiers available elsewhere in the store that combine these aspects, but we are specifically focusing on the passive PA mixer.

A 4 channel mixer is advised for small groups of singers or perhaps to make a karaoke night or choir practise sound more professional. XLR cables are the most common microphone connection, most mixers have many XLR inputs built into them for convenience. Connecting multiple separate microphones to a 4 channel microphone mixer allows you to change the level of volume and effects such as echo, individually.

Microphone Mixers

As mentioned, a microphone mixer allows control over each channel by separate volume dials for you to blend with other channels such as instrument lines or other vocals. The larger the mixer, the more channels you can combine, if working with two or more vocalists you can balance the vocal signals from the microphones very easily. Mixers will usually have multiple ways to manipulate the sound signal received, some even with onboard effects for extra reverb/echo.

Mixers consist of vertical channel strips, which often have the physical input somewhere on the strip so users are aware which signal they are working on. Once the input is connected, you can alter the sound to your requirements using the available means, usually a combination of twistable dials and pushable buttons. You may have heard the phrase sound check before, this essentially is an opportunity for mixer users to finalise levels prior to a live performance.

The sound engineer using the mixer will individually request the musicians to play how they would normally while keeping an eye on the coloured indicator bars, ensuring they are not clipping into the red. Once this individual sound check is done, they may also request all of the musicians to play together, including any vocalists to get a better representation of the fine sound. Again, engineering live sound via a mixer takes practise and patience, research some live sound tips and stick with the rehearsals to see quicker results.

What are they?

Passive PA mixers are audio mixing consoles. They are also sometimes referred to as unpowered mixers or line mixers. They are also commonly used by musicians, DJs, sound engineers, and audio enthusiasts who require a flexible and affordable audio mixing solution that does not have built-in amplifiers. They are especially popular in settings where space and weight are a concern, such as small venues, home recording studios or outdoor events.

Unpowered PA mixers typically have a range of inputs, such as XLR, 1/4" jack, or RCA inputs, that allow you to connect microphones, instruments, and other audio sources. They also typically have a variety of controls, such as volume, tone, and effects, that allow you to adjust the audio levels and create the desired sound.

To use a passive mixer, you would typically connect the audio sources to the inputs on the mixer, adjust the levels and controls as desired, and then connect the mixer to an external power amplifier. The power amplifier would then amplify the audio signal and send it to the PA speakers. These mixers can also connect directly to active speakers without the need for an amplifier.

Where are passive PA mixers typically used?

Passive PA mixers typically have multiple channels, each with a separate volume fader, equaliser, and other controls that allow the user to adjust and customise the sound of each audio source. PA mixing desks can be used for public events such as live performances and parties, and are commonly used in halls, marquees and churches.

PA mixers are often used in conjunction with an external power amplifier and PA speakers, allowing the user to control the sound levels and quality of the audio output to the speakers. Some passive mixers also have built-in effects processors, such as reverb or delay, which can be used to enhance the sound of the mix.

What are the advantages of passive PA mixers?

Passive mixers are relatively simple devices. They are easy to use and can be quickly configured to meet specific audio mixing needs. This makes them ideal for users who are new to audio mixing and who want a straightforward and user-friendly device.

Additionally, PA mixing desks can be easily customised to meet the needs of the user. They can be connected to a variety of audio sources and can be configured with different types of inputs and outputs, allowing for greater flexibility in terms of the number and type of devices that can be connected to the mixer. This customizability means that users can tailor their mixer to their specific needs and preferences.

Passive mixers are typically lightweight and portable, making them ideal for musicians and audio enthusiasts who need a mixer that can be easily transported and set up. They are great for use in a variety of settings, including live performances, recording studios and home recording environments.

PA mixers are also very affordable. They are typically less expensive than active mixers, which have built-in amplifiers. This makes them a great option for those who want a high-quality mixer without breaking the bank. With unpowered PA mixers, users can achieve great sound mixing results without spending too much money on expensive equipment. Additionally, passive mixers can be purchased in a variety of configurations and sizes, making it easy for users to find a mixer that fits their budget.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a mixer power passive speakers?

A passive PA mixer does not have powered outputs, so it will not be able to power passive speakers by itself. For a mixer with amplified outputs, you would need to get a powered mixer.

How do you know if a mixer is passive or active?

To check if a mixer is passive or active, look at the output connections available. A passive PA mixer will have line-level master outputs, usually with XLR, jack, or RCA/phono connectors. Powered mixers will have ‘speaker outputs,’ which will usually be either bare wire, 6.3mm jack, or Speakon connectors.

Do I need a mixer for live performance?

Yes, passive PA mixers are extremely important for live performance, as they allow you to modify the audio coming form several instruments and microphones at the same time. When using a mixing desk, you can choose the exact volume level, EQ, effect, and panning of each connected instrument or device, which results in a cohesive and clear audio mix without anything being too overpowering in the overall performance.

Do I need an amplifier if I have a mixer?

If you have a passive PA mixer and passive speakers, you will still need an amplifier to power the speakers. If you are using a passive mixer with active speakers, then no external amplifier is required.

Can I use a passive mixer with passive speakers?

No, you would not be able to use a passive PA mixer with passive speakers, as there would be no power being supplied to the speakers. To use a passive PA mixer and passive speakers in one system, you would also need a separate power amplifier that connects between the mixer and speakers.

What is a passive mixer?

A passive PA mixer is an audio device with multiple inputs and controls that is used to connect and mix audio from several sound sources simultaneously. Passive PA mixers do not have powered outputs, so they will need to be used with either active speakers, or passive speakers with separate power amplifiers.

Powered mixer vs passive mixer?

The difference between powered and passive PA mixers is their outputs. In terms of actual functionality, sound quality, and functions, they perform in the exact same way, so the mixer you choose will depend entirely on what equipment you have available, as well as the number of inputs you require.

What is the best passive mixer for live sound?

The best passive PA mixer for live sound will depend entirely on your requirements, and what you want to achieve with your performance. For example, if you require a detailed level of control over each audio input, it may be worth going for a mixing desk with inbuilt DSP effects and multi-band EQ controls. If it is just a vocalist performing to a backing track, only a small mixer with minimal controls will be needed.

Do you need a mixer for a PA system?

Passive PA mixers are always beneficial to use, and we would always recommend that you use one, but they may not be required for your intended purpose. If you are only wanting to play music from a laptop or smartphone through your PA system, for example, then a mixer would not be needed, as long as there are suitable inputs available on the speakers in your PA system. If you are ever using more than one device with a PA system at a time, a passive mixer would be a huge advantage.

What can I connect to a passive PA mixer?

A wide range of audio devices can be used with a passive PA mixer, such as microphones, instruments, and laptops. If you are looking to connect condenser-style microphones to your passive PA mixer, you will first need to make sure that the mixer has phantom power, which is added voltage on an input channel that is necessary for condenser mics to work properly.