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Mixer Connection!!!!

Discussion in 'Recording' started by knonothin, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. knonothin

    knonothin Guest

    Does anybody know whats the proffesional route to connect my mackie 1604 Vlzpro mixer to my Mbox2 Pro? How about The mic inputs 1 and 2 on mbox to sub outs on mackie 1 and 2 and output of mbox to line in 1 and 2 of mackie? Is this a right routing if im wrong please correct me.
     
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Depends on what you want to do. Your post reads as though you are attempting to mix down several channels to 2-track during recording, and replaying a 2-track output at the same time.

    My guess is that what you actually want to do is record raw individual tracks and mix them down in PT. You may also be wanting to re-play tracks already recorded to headphones. One usual way of doing this is to take the direct outs (1-8) of the 1604 to the line inputs of your interface. However, the MBox 2 pro has only 4 analog inputs (2 line and 2 mic/inst), so you would be limited to recording 4 separate channels in this way. That may be enough for you.

    You don't say why you want to take the MBox outputs back through the mixer. For 2-track monitoring, you are much better off using the headphone outs or line outs of the MBox to drive headphones or active monitors. In this way, you also avoid the chance of a feedback loop.

    On the other hand, if you want to mix several replay tracks down to 1 or 2-track before feeding to the monitors, then you do have to use the mixer. In this case, the recommendation is to split the mixer logically into two: channels 1-4 (say) for recording, using direct outs 1-4 connected to the analog inputs of the MBox. Mbox outs 1-8 connected to line inputs 5-12 of the mixer. Mixer main outputs to headphones or whatever you are using for monitoring. Be sure to keep faders 1-4 at zero (not 0dB!) the whole time.
     
  3. knonothin

    knonothin Guest

    YES UR RIGHT SO I MADE A WRONG CONNECTION SUBOUTS OF MACKIE 1604 TO MBOX INPUTS FOR 2 TRACK MONITORING. IT SHOULD GO TO DIRECTOUTS 1 AND 2? WHATS THE BETTER SOUNDCARD WITH MORE INPUTS AND OUTPUTS IF I WANNA HAVE MULTI TRACKS TO RECORD ON?
     
  4. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Using ProTools, you are stuck with having to use DigiDesign hardware. So an 003R is probably the route to go for new units.
     
  5. knonothin

    knonothin Guest

    thanks 003R is pricy too lol.
     

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