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

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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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Soundcraft Delta Theater Post-fader Switchable pre/post EQ

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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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Soundcraft Vi4 XLR/DB25 XLR/DB25

Digital console. The "Local Rack" comes stock with 16 analog outputs on...

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Tapco Mix60 None None no Price It Details
Yamaha M7CL Stock with 16 XLR "omni outs" (M7CL-32/48) or 8 XLR "omni outs" (M7CL-48ES). Stock with 16 XLR "omni outs" (M7CL-32/48) or 8 XLR "omni outs" (M7CL-48ES).

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Yamaha PM5D 24 "Mix" outs on XLR, +4dBu; 8 matrix outputs on XLR, +4dBu. "Direct Out" configurable via software at any point to any output patch. Yes, on separate TRS jacks, +4dBu (PM5D only, not on the PM5D-RH). Post-HPF, configurable via software to any point after that. Note: insert on/off switch.

Two versions: PM5D (Manual Head Amp for input sensitivity and phantom...

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

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Yamaha M2000 1/4", switchable pre/post EQ, switchable pre/post fader ? yes

Aux 6 knob is switchable to become gain control for DO post-EQ/post-...

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Yamaha PM4000 1/4", post-fader (internally switchable to be post-pad, post-gain, pre-EQ, pre-HPF) Separate TRS jacks, switchable post-EQ/pre-fader OR pre-EQ/pre-fader via "Insert Pre" switch no

Matrix and group outs are XLR. See page 89 of...

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Yamaha PM5000 TRS, pre-EQ, pre-fader, pre-mute (internally switchable to be post-EQ and/or post-mute) Separate TRS jacks, switchable pre/post EQ via "Pre" switch no

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Yamaha MC3210M no no

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Yamaha PM1000 None None no

Circa 1975. XLRs are pin 2 hot.

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Yamaha PM3000 The INSERT OUT jack serves as a 1/4" unbalanced +4 direct out if nothing is in the IN jack. Insert IN is balanced, insert OUT is unbalanced

From the manual: "INSERT IN/OUT jacks are wired in a "normalled"...

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Yamaha PM3500 1/4", post-fader, pre-mute (internally switchable to be pre-EQ and/or post-mute) Separate TRS jacks, switchable on/off via "Insert" switch (also internal switch chooses pre/post) no

The matrix and eight group outs are XLR. See page 34 of...

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