Fun With No-Input Mixing
This is the equipment I’m going to use for an upcoming no-input mixing performance. For the past couple of days I’ve been practising, if you will, making sure that I can keep the various layers of feedback at bay, for a performance I’ll be doing on Friday. It’s very informal, but I thought some preparation was in order. I’m going to be trying a new performance setup: a no-input mixing board. in the most basic form, the no-input mixer consists of a mixer with the outputs plugged in to the inputs, creating feedback loops. Using the EQ on a mixer channel allows for tonal variations from piercing screams to low rumbles, depending on the EQ. Further variety comes from the addition of effects units in to the feedback loops.
What I’ve enjoyed most about this endeavour is the knob-twiddling physicality of controlling sounds that can sometimes go quickly out of control.
If you check the image out on Flickr there are notes naming each device, but since you’re here this is the lineup: the rackmount devices are a Deltalab ADM 1024 digital delay (light blue) and a Korg SDD-1 digital delay (dark blue, yellow knobs). The mixer is a Behringer Xenyx 1202FX. You also see the Korg KP2 and MiniKP KAOSS Pad effects units. Finally, on the upper right, thereis a Zoom H2 recorder which I was using to record my practice. Perhaps I’ll post some examples of what this stuff sounds like after I’ve done some editing.