Define 2-bus please?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by mallardduckman, Aug 4, 2006.

  1. mallardduckman

    mallardduckman Active Member

    Oct 1, 2004
    Ok so I'm pretty new and please excuse the lame question here. When people refer to 2-bus, or 2 buss, or 2-buss etc. are they simply referring to the master stereo output of a mixer? Or is it a different bus before the main outs? I read this term everyday on recording forums, articles and texts and yet after countless hours of internet research I cannot find a clear definition of this term! Probably because it's so simple and accepted but a newbie like me sometimes needs things spelled out. Believe me I wouldn't post this question if I could find the answer anywhere. Thanks a bunch, love this site by the way, an absolute fountain of info.

  2. natural

    natural Active Member

    Jul 21, 2006
    Yeah, I don't know where this started, but you're right, it refers to the final stereo mix output.
    Perhaps it started with the digital software, where you had to assign your mix outputs.
    In older days, we refered to it as the '2-bus', later it became the 'mixbus'
    So now it's the '2-bus'
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  3. mugtastic

    mugtastic Active Member

    Dec 9, 2005
    i haven't heard of the master outs called "the 2-bus" so that may be the exact answer to the question but a 16 channel 2-bus mixer has 2 sets of assignable stereo outs (l-r mains and l-r aux/mon) as opposed to a 16 channel 4-bus mixer which has 4 sets of assignable stereo outs.
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