Sends/Rtns vs. Inserts

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Member Since: Feb 07, 2005

Hi all,

I'm having trouble getting my head arround the difference between using AUX sends and using inserts. I have a Behringer Virtualizer (effects processor) that I would like to hook up to my mixer (Alto S-8). I would like to be able to control the amount (volume) of the effects by using the AUX knobs (PRE/POST) on the mixer for each channel.

To accomplish this, should I have the Virtualizer plugged into the AUX Send/Rtn or should I be using the channel inserts?

Oh ya, I also need to hook up an equalizer. I was just thinking of running the main out of my mixer to the EQ and then out to my heaphone amp. Is this a good way to hook it up or will I be using AUX sends/Inserts for this as well?


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I am not a crook's head
Since: Mar 14, 2003

Mar 20, 2006 11:20 am

Think of an insert as an in-line effect. Just like you'd plugged your mic into the "input" of the device and plugged the "output" of the device into your mixer channel. There's no mixing your dry signal and affected signal...your signal is 100% routed through the insert effect.

Compressors and EQs are generally used as insert effects because you don't want any of the original signal blended in.

But an AUX is something that you blend in with your original signal. If you turn the AUX or FX all the way down, then 0% of it is mixed in with your dry signal. If you turn it all the way up, you hear none of your original signal and 100% of the effected signal.
Since: Feb 07, 2005

Mar 20, 2006 12:00 pm

Thanks Tadpui, now I understand. 1 question though, if the insert is 100% routed then why would I use it for the EQ instead of running the Mixer MAIN OUT to the IN's on the EQ and the OUTS on the EQ to the headphone amp? I'll be using the inserts as you suggested but I'm just curious why I wouldn't just run it inline.

I am not a crook's head
Since: Mar 14, 2003

Mar 20, 2006 12:12 pm

I'm sure that it would work fine like that as well, but then all channels on your mixer would be using the same EQ settings. The inserts just allow you to give each channel its own treatment.

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