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Need recommendation for mixer

Discussion in 'Recording' started by bhuether, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. bhuether

    bhuether Guest

    I currently have Mackie 1402 VLZ. I don't use its mic pres.

    I record guitar and I send my mics to a Great River 1NV and a RNP. I then record via a Lynx2. Right now I have the preamps going ito the mixer and then I use the channel inserts to output to the Lynx2. I have thoguht that this is transparent (i.e. that the signal gets passed to the lynx2 just as if it were going directly from the mic preamps). But I want to hear what some of you think. Keep in mind that the only reason I do it this way is so that I can play my guitar and hear myself throguh the monitors with the computer on or off.

    So given my above scenario, what are some mixers that are a step up from my current one?

    thanks,

    brian
     
  2. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    If *all* you need it for is splitting a signal, a mixer is probably overkill.

    If you monitor both inputs, then well, fair enough.

    No idea of quality mixers as I don't own or use any.
     
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    If you just want to be able to monitor the outputs of your microphones, because you're dealing with line level sources, you could do this with a "Y" type patch cord. There is absolutely no reason to take your superior preamplifiers outputs to run into your cheapy mixer. That doesn't make any sense.

    So what you need to do is get a Y cord to take an output from your preamps, directly into the inputs into your Lynx & intoalso feeding the balanced TRS jacks on your line level inputs on your mixer. Then you can take the output from your Lynx and run that into the tape return on your mixer for your monitoring purposes.

    Wasn't that simple?? The patch cords are available at your local music store and/or Radio Shaft if you can utilize a soldering iron. You don't need a mixer except for your monitoring purposes.

    Waiting for your next question
    Ms. Remy Ann David
     
  4. bhuether

    bhuether Guest

    My experience with y chords is that they attenuate the signal quite a bit and that you need a splitter box with buffering circuitry. I had such a box at one point to split my guitar signal into two amps.
    thanks,

    brian
     
  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Y cables in by themselves do not attenuate any audio. Attenuation comes from numerous low impedance loads being connected together such as, 2 microphone inputs. Splitting a guitar output is splitting an extremely high impedance low current load which, yes, requires some active circuitry. But that's not what we're talking about here. Here we are talking about line level devices whose output impedances are low, feeding 5000 to 10,000 & 20,000 ohm inputs. There would be no loss of any level in this scenario. But then I guess you been doing this longer than my 38 years and you know better??

    I never knew I could learn stupid things from rank amateurs here??
    Ms. Remy Ann David
     

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