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  • Question about channels, mixers, and speakers

    Our church is exploring options for a new or used electronic organ. One organ we've looked at has 6 channels. To have balanced sound in our sanctuary and a separate speaker per channel would require 12 speakers, which would overwhelm our modest-sized sanctuary. What would be the impact on sound quality if we used a mixer to mix the 6 channels to a single channel, and used two speakers, one on the right and one on the left? Or some in-between solution, where 6 channels were mixed down to 2 channels, with 4 speakers, 2 on the right and 2 on the left? Is there much loss of quality by mixing channels together, vs a separate speaker for each channel?

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    As a general rule with electronic organs, the more separate channels the sound is going through, the better the sound will be when the registrations get "thick" (many stops used). As you describe your situation, mixing the six channels down to four is probably your best bet. Mixing them down to two would work OK, but just not sound quite as good.

    Tony
    Home: Johannus Opus 370

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    • #3
      If you mix down to a single channel or even two channels, you are likely to lose a lot of clarity. I'd recommend sticking with 6 channels--it is very likely that not all the channels carry a lot of bass, so you could possibly use smaller speakers on several of the channels. Let us know what specific organ you are considering and we can advise more specifically.

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      • #4
        If you are looking at an Allen, 6 channels would mean 6 speakers. On other organs, 6 channels could be a right and left for each channel. Knowing the brand and model number of the organ would be helpful in answering your question.

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