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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Soundcraft Series 2 Use Group Outputs, XLR?

NOTE: This 1970's model is a different model than the recent "Series...

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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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Yamaha LS9-16 8 analog "omni" XLR outputs plus card slot

The Yamaha LS9-16 has 16-mic/line inputs, 8 analog "omni" XLR outputs,...

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Yamaha LS9-32 16 analog "omni" XLR outputs plus card slot

The Yamaha LS9-32 has 32-mic/line inputs, 16 analog "omni" XLR outputs...

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Midas PRO2 yes

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

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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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Soundcraft Vienna 1/4", switchable pre/post EQ? 1/4" yes

Aux 8 knob is switchable to become gain control for DO. (A seperate "...

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Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 16 ch on DB25 pre-insert balanced 1/4"

Built-in FireWire for "up to 32 channels of recording and up to 18...

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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 Venice TRS balanced, on mono inputs only, 1/4" on mono inputs only, TS/RR

Direct Out is post-fader post-EQ by factory default. Internal...

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Midas Verona TRS balanced, "impedance balanced" on mono inputs only, post EQ pre mute by factory default, internal jumper mod for pre EQ/pre insert. 0dBu. 1/4" on mono inputs only, TS/RR, Pre-EQ. "Multi Function" channels are different, see manual. no

DO factory default is post EQ pre mute, internal jumper sets DO pre EQ...

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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

Internal link option involving re-soldering of circuit board links...

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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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Panasonic DA7 Digital only 1/4" send-return unbal TS/RR, +4 10kOhm, pre-EQ, pre-fader no

Insert is pre A/D converter. DO is digitally routable to card slots....

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Soundcraft 200B none 1/4" TRS, Ring=send, Tip=return (!) no

The 200B was available with 8, 16 or 24 input modules (and an optional...

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Yamaha MG series no 1/4" TS/RR, post-EQ, pre-fader no

More MG models:...

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Allen + Heath GL2800M Mic level passive splitter, XLR out 1/4" TS/RR, post-HPF, pre-EQ Has a built-in microphone-level passive splitter on each channel ("Y", not... Price It Details
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