Can a Fostex MR-8 be used as a mixing desk while recording?

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Member Since: Sep 11, 2008

I, an ignorant novice (as will be aparent from the following), have been set-up to ask the knowledgable for guidance. Perhaps this would be better posed in the Mixing forum, but, here goes...
I run a pub open mic night - instruments/mics straight into a PA. We have previously recorded the result out of the PA into a mini-disc recorder.
Now we've been given a Fostex MR8HD.
So can I plug the instruments into the Fostex and, while recording each on a separate track for later editing, push the totsl output of each channel live to the PA (ie simultaneously using the Fostex as a recording device and a mixing desk)?
The only outlets I can see on the Fostex which might enable this are two stereo output jacks (oh yes, and there's a headphone socket).
Please forgive the ignorance (I know it's no excuse) and thanks in advance for any helpful advice.

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Kaos is only a form of insanity
Since: Feb 03, 2005

Sep 11, 2008 12:06 pm

I do not see why it wouldn't work. you would use the stereo outs into your pa amp as normal

Since: Sep 11, 2008

Sep 12, 2008 05:54 am

Many thanks Kaos62. Trial and error will reveal all, no doubt.

we prefer "percussionist"
Since: Jul 21, 2004

Sep 12, 2008 04:02 pm

I've got the non-HD model, but I think they operate pretty much the same. Your output will be stereo, so you can't send seperate tracks out, but as long as stereo out works for it, it should work. The cool thing about the Fostex is that the recording level is set from the trim control, pre-fader. So, you can set your recording levels to where you want them, but still use the faders to have a good sounding live mix, too.

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