Live recording: group track bounce or aux send?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by chompersdeluxe, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. When recording off of a live console, do you prefer using the group tracks or aux sends as your audio source into your DAW?
     
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

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    Neither. Use the channel direct outs (pre-EQ, pre-fader) if the live mixer has them, or, if not, the insert sends.

    If you use the insert sends, you will need correctly-wired looms with the TRS plugs at the mixer end having tip wired to the ring, and TS plugs at the other end. Never use the "half-inserted" or "first-click" kludge, especially on a board that is being used for live sound.
     
  3. I agree, not absolutely sure if the crappy console I'm going to have to use has normalized plugs or not for the insert sends (its a behringer...ugh!) but I only have a few hours to get together my set up for recording and sound for a benefit concert. I always enjoy not knowing anything until a few hours before the gig ya know?

    If the insert sends and returns aren't on a shared normalized plug, do I typically have to supply a signal back into the return for the channel to still go to the stereo main outs? I don't recall signal flow well enough to remember.
     
  4. GentleG

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    how about splitting the mic-signal before it is even near the live-board...
     
  5. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

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    It depends on the console. Many of the higher-end consoles have sends that are permanently active and returns that can be switched in as an alternative to propagating the pre-amp output into EQ section. The unmentionable board that you mention will not be like that. It will have channel direct outs and/or TRS insert jacks (tip=send, ring=return).
     

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