Need help with setup for Mackie 24*8 mixer and Tascam interface
I'm in the process of putting my home studio together, but I'm having a bit of trouble getting two-way communication between my Mackie 24*8 bus mixing board, and a Tascam US-16x08.
I have limited experience with mixing boards, but a friend sold me the Mackie for "an offer I couldn't refuse".
I have tried patching channels 1 and 2 out from the Tascam into numerous line ins on the Mackie, but not getting anything from my monitors (connected to the Control Room outs, which work as a standalone without the interface). Ideally I would like all 8 channels of the Tascam to be connected to the 8 buses of the Mackie, but I cannot figure out how to achieve this.
If anyone wants to give a newbie some advice, it would be greatly appreciated
Do you have a separate control room and tracking room?
If not, I'd start with the basic live stereo mix before you get into the more confusing "Flip" buttons and B-Mix options.
- If your monitor system has unbalanced inputs, try using the ¼" Main Mix outs. If the monitors are balanced, I would connect to the Main XLR Outputs until you get the hang of it.
- Plug the TRS outputs of the Tascam into the corresponding input (Balanced Line In TRS) channels of the Mackie. Preferably with balanced ¼" TRS cables.
- If you use the ¼" inputs, press the Mic/Line button DOWN located by the input connectors to engage the ¼" input.
- If you're using the XLR inputs, the Mic/Line button by the input connectors needs to be UP to engage the Mic connector.
- Make sure you assign the channel(s) to go somewhere. L/R Mix would be easiest at this point.
- Move the channel sliders and main L/R sliders so they are at Unity.
- Set the Gain (Trim), and for this experiment - make sure the FLIP button beside the Trim Knob is UP, so you're listening to the channels, not the Tape Returns.
- If you press the "Solo" button you can get a good visual on your levels on your meters.
- The LEDs above the channel Solo buttons will light up when there is signal present.
I think that should get you started. If that goes well, then you can advance to the bonus round of "Hooking up the Buses and Tape Returns"
No separate rooms yet - in the process of cleaning out the basement to put the studio in. Right now the gear is upstairs in a small spare room.
I think part of my problem may be my use of TS jacks instead of TRS jacks thus far. Now off to try and find some TRSs...
The Control Room and ¼" Main Mix outputs are unbalanced TRS - so it shouldn't matter. The channels, Direct Outs, are true balanced TRS ins and outs. The manual will help.
The combination of buttons pressed can completely derail what you're doing. I have an 8-bus around here in storage that I used to use quite a bit. Mackie had provided a lot of capability, like doubling your inputs for mix down, and a live B-Mix, and clones of the output buses (which was pretty ambitious for an affordable board), but all the routing buttons can be confusing - or easily pressed accidentally.
Success! Thanks, dvdhawk!