Mixer 2 soundcard?

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Member Since: Nov 28, 2004

When routing a mixer to soundcard so you can record/playback from a pc what ypes of cables are used and wwhich ins/outs are used on both mixer and soundcard,see my soon to be interface has 8 in 8 out but no groups so how does this work?how would I get a stereo signal in and out?

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Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

May 05, 2005 10:08 am

I use yamaha mixer, with channel inserts. Plug in to the first click in each of these with a hosa 8 channel snake, 1/4" mono on one end, and RCA on the other end. The other end of the snake plugs into the 8 analog inputs of my delta 1010lt. Each of these are seperate channels inside of my recording software.

I then send my PC sound out of output 1 and 2 on the 1010lt, back to my mixer on channel 15/16 which is a stereo channel. Monitoring solution is taken from the main output buss (left & right) of the mixer. Or sub group (l & R) if i'm doing two solutions. I can also use CR out for stereo output as well. Or tape out as well. heh.

This way I can hear the individual signals going through the mixer from the sound source (that's why first click on inserts), plus hear the previously recorded tracks from the computer (input into ch 15/16).

works swimmingly for multiple channels, if no need for using your channel inserts. If you wanted to insert a compressor, or eq into the channel insert on the board, you would have to be a little more creative.

as for the stereo, I don't worry about stereo sound until i come back out of the computer. each input is mono anyway (at least mine is: mic, guitar, bass, etc.) I suppose keys maybe stereo.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

May 05, 2005 10:12 am

oop, wasn't done. If your mixer has individual outs, then these would replace my 'inserts' in the post above. Some of the higher mixers have individual outs for each channel. Then you could still use the inserts for the purpose intended, and still get seperate signal into your computer.

If you want to record multiple signals, but only have 2 or whatever inputs on your sound card, then you'd have to mix the signals down to 1 stereo signal, then output from the mixer via the main or sub buss into the soundcard. Still works, but your mixing is done before it gets to the soundcard/computer. You would have to be real sure you like the mix before you record, as it'll be pretty difficult to change later (if not impossible for some things).

Since: Nov 28, 2004

May 05, 2005 09:10 pm

wow,that whent way over my head can someone please simplify?

JR Productions
Since: Mar 03, 2005

May 05, 2005 09:26 pm

Haha I understand what you mean. On the back of your mixer where the mic ins are, there should be something called a channel insert. This is usually where effects such as EQ and compressors would be sent out. But, if you only but the 1/4" cable in till the first "click" (it might not actually click but it will be harder to push in), then you will get a direct out from that channel of your mixer. So if you want 8 ins to your sound card, do that for 8 of your channels, or if you have more than 8 channels coming from your mixer that you want on your computer, do six direct outs (from the channel inserts), and then group all of the remaining channels on your record out (or something like that, it would help if you posted the name of your mixer) and then as a stereo mix into the last two channels of you soundcard. Not sure if you'll understand this any better than renegades words...but I tried. Good luck!

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

May 06, 2005 08:40 am

sorry bout that,

hosa has multiple cable bundles, which have 8 colored 1/4" phone plugs on one end, and 8 corresponding color RCA plugs on the other end. These are pretty handy for keeping things sensible, and having clean cabling.

This would be your connection from the mixer to the soundcard. Some of the soundcards might have 1/4" inputs, like the delta 1010 (not the lt version). Then you would need 1/4" on both ends. This would depend on what equipment you have.

I use the channel inserts on the mixer to tap signal out because

1. they're there
2. I want individual tracks in my recording software
3. to get individual outs, i'd have to upgrade to a more spendy mixer

hope that helps, i guess read this with the other post, hopefully they'll compliment each other.

Post what equip you'll be using, and how you'd like to have it work, and what you'd like to end up with after recording, and we'll see if we can be more descriptive.

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