The Mixer Output Guide

Courtesy of Silent Way Remote Audio Recording and Audio Equipment Rental.

Audio mixer inputs are well documented, but output specifications are buried in manuals. This guide to the poor neglected output describes direct outs, inserts, hidden mods and more.

There are two ways to do a live recording: use a mic-splitter with dedicated mic preamps, or hope that the direct outputs on the house board don't suck. House direct outs are risky if they're post-fader/EQ, inaccessible, bad mic pres etc. Whether you call it a console, mixer, board or desk, plan ahead with this list. Your contributions and corrections are encouraged.

TS/RR: tip=send, ring=return. A "first click" insert is a semi-direct out: an unbalanced 1/4" TS plug inserted half-way will send signal without interrupting it to the mix bus. Plugged all the way in, it is a direct out which interrupts.

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Avid Venue D-Show

Formerly branded as Digidesign. This control surface has no inputs or...

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Crest Century LM20

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Avid Venue Profile

Formerly branded as Digidesign. This control surface has no inputs or...

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Crest HP-Eight TRS

"Balanced XLR outs"

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Midas PRO2 yes

The PRO2 comes in two form factors (the PRO2C is more compact). Eight...

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Mackie 1604-VLZ Pro 1/4" (+4?), post-EQ, post-fader, impedence balanced, only on ch 1-8. "First click" (-10) insert for ch 9-16 DO. 1/4" unbal, pre-EQ, pre-fader, TS/RR no

The 4 busses have 1/4" outputs. See page 28 of...

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ATI Paragon II Monitor 1/4" balanced TRS Separate send and return on 1/4" balanced TRS yes

Dedicated knob for direct out level on each channel.

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Soundcraft MH3 1/4" TRS separate 1/4" send and return. Switchable pre or post.

The following makes more sense knowing that the signal flow is Filter...

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Allen + Heath GL2800 1/4" TRS (impedance balanced) 1/4" TS/RR, post-HPF, pre-EQ no Use the channel recessed PRE-EQ switches (under aux send 1-2) to change... Price It Details
Allen + Heath GL3800 1/4" TRS (impedance balanced, 0dBu) 1/4" TS/RR, post-HPF, pre-EQ, 0dBu no

Direct Out has internal option jumpers for each channel. The factory...

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Allen + Heath GL2400 1/4" TRS impedance-balanced, on mono inputs only 1/4" on mono inputs only, TS/RR. no

Direct Out default factory setting is pre-insert, pre-EQ, pre-fade....

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Allen + Heath GL2200 1/4" TRS impedance-balanced, pre-fader (switchable internally to post), on mono inputs only. 1/4" on mono inputs only, TS/RR. no

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Soundcraft Series Two 1/4" TRS switchable pre/post fader. (0dBu, +22 max, 75ohm impedence balanced) 1/4" insert is pre-EQ. no

"DIR PRE" button makes DO pre-fader/pre-mute. 40 channel model is 26/16...

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Soundcraft LX7ii 1/4" TRS switchable pre/post fader. (75Ω) 1/4" insert is pre-EQ. (75Ω) no

When "DIR PRE" button is off, DO is post-EQ/post-mute/post-fader. When...

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Midas Siena 1/4" TRS, impedance balanced, 0dBu 1/4", TS/RR, 0dBu no

Direct Out is post fader by default. Internal jumper has four other...

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Allen + Heath MixWizard WZ3:16:2 1/4" TRS, impedance balanced, 0dBu 1/4" TSRR

Direct Out has internal option jumper for each channel; factory default...

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Crest X 20R 1/4" TRS, on first 12 channels, post fader (50 ohms ground compensated) 1/4" TSRR, post-HPF, pre-eq, pre-fader, pre-mute. no

Complex internal soldering mod to make direct out prefader. Aux send...

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Allen + Heath ML3000 1/4" TRS, post-fader 1/4", TS/RR, post-HPF and pre-EQ yes, via mod

Direct Out (DO) is 0dBu ground compensated line level for connection to...

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Mackie 8Bus Series 1/4" unbal (+4?), post-EQ, post-fader 1/4" unbal, pre-lo-cut, pre-EQ, pre-fader, TS/RR no

All busses have 1/4" inserts. Busses have 1/4" +4/-10 switchable...

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Allen + Heath GL3300 1/4", post fader 1/4" no

Internal mod can switch DO pre/post (requires solder), default is post...

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