A little advice needed for a Mackie 1640 VLZ3

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Syndyne, Oct 15, 2010.

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  1. Syndyne

    Syndyne Active Member

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    Hi guys,

    I've been reading through these forums over the last few days and can't thank everyone enough for all the great advice and questions asked here!

    I have what is probably a simple question to most here but I've only had a mixer and mic's set up on my drum kit for two days (been drumming for 29years) so I'm new to all this recording/mixing side of things- but loving the sonic challenges already :)

    The only real question I have is: How can I hear the main mix through headphones (Sennhieser HD280's) on my Mackie 1640 VLZ3? I have read and re-read the manual, set the mic gain/levels etc. using 'Solo' so each track sounds good individually but haven't got a clue on how or where to plug the headphones in to hear what I'm playing after setting the levels via Solo? (Will do this until I eventually set up to record via a PC)
    Do I use the MAIN outs?

    Thanking in advance and kindest regards,
    Shauno.
     
  2. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

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    Assuming you already have the "MAIN MIX" fader up and have signal showing on the meters:

    In the master section, in the box labeled "CTL ROOM SOURCE", press "MAIN MIX". Connect your headphones to the "PHONES" jack. Then turn up the knob marked "CTL ROOM/PHONES" up until you get a good volume.

    Good choice on the Sennheisers, by the way.
     
  3. Syndyne

    Syndyne Active Member

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    Hi bouldersound,

    Thanks kindly for the reply! I will try that asap.
    Yeah I love those Sennheisers too! They seem very comfortable and mask out the kit nicely.

    Kindest regards,
    Shauno.
     
  4. Syndyne

    Syndyne Active Member

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    No luck so far? Tried the method you suggested bouldersound along with all the other C/R Source buttons, turned all faders and knobs up but all I can hear is a faint hissing.

    I can still hear everything clearly when I switch the channels to Solo.


    EDIT: Okay, I think I got it now "lightbulb moment". I hadn't engaged the L/R channel buttons on each channel- assigning through the main mix. All mics seem to be coming through the phones now with fader control.

    Thanks again for the help bouldersound! Much appreciated : )

    Kindest regards,
    Shauno.
     

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