My confusion with Mixer and Interface

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by Norman Fernandez, Feb 19, 2020.

  1. Norman Fernandez

    Norman Fernandez Active Member

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    Here's a design for the university project.
    And I wanted to know do I make a connection to the interface and Mixer

    Interface is Focusrite 18i20

    Mixer Behringer Wing 48 channel mixer.


    It's a rookie question.
    But what's the best possible solution to it.


    Does the PC type matter too?
    Regards Norman.
     

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  2. Kurt Foster

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    i'm sure there's at least 2 different ways to get from here to there. how do you think it should be connected? if you figure it out yourself you will actually learn something instead of just doing it the way someone else says it should be done. read the instructions.
     
  3. Norman Fernandez

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    Would connect the Microphones to the Mixer.

    Then Stereo Outputs to the Interface.

    Then a digital connection to the PC from the interface.
     
  4. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

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    A few more questions to ask yourself:

    Do you want the computer simply to record a stereo mix of all the microphones, or would you want it to record a separate track for each microphone so you could then experiment with different ways of mixing them down to stereo?

    Is the mixing inside the Wing 48 done in analogue or is it digital? If it's digital, how might you connect that to the Focusrite Audio Interface?

    How could the performers get to hear both themselves and other performers during the recording?

    How might you build up a recording of just one performer playing several different instruments?

    Good luck!
     
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  5. bouldersound

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

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    The interface is redundant. Put it on a shelf and connect the mixer to the PC by USB.
     
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  7. Norman Fernandez

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    Could I just keep the wing or Interface.
     
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    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

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    I would first compare a recording done with both to hear the difference of quality between the preamps and converters.
    Then Keep only one of them (I'm guessing the Focusrite but it depends which revision) ;)
     
  11. paulears

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    You have a wing, and an interface? What crazy teacher set this problem? I assume you don't really have either of these items, and this is just homework? Five minutes on the net would answer this? Clearly, you have no er, talent at all in music technology if you cannot answer this one.
     
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    :eek:
     
  13. paulears

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    I'm sorry - I've got rampant ear ache and no patience today - forgive me! Worse still, I've got 2 X32s and a M32 and then they bring out a new one!!!! Seriously though - if you look up the wing, you'll see it very clearly explained you plug it into a Mac or windows computers and you have loads and loads of ins and outs, making that interface a door stop!
     
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    Your teacher is likely more interested in how you arrive at the answer you give. Consider all of the possibilities and offer a synopsis as your answer.
     
  15. paulears

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    Of course the teacher could be a devious one and is waiting for you to tell them that the two devices are never necessary working together and for you to put them right - a trick question, in other words.
     
  16. bouldersound

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

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    I should be teaching this stuff. That's not to say I know everything, but I could get people from zero knowledge to operating a recording studio in a semester. I suspect most of the regulars here could do the same.
     
  17. paulears

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    When I was in charge of a music and music technology department in a college - we had a huge range of music types - from jazz to classical, through everything on the way, and it meant a great pool of people on hand when people wanted to record. One year we had a guy come in for an audition. I asked what instrument he played - he said Technics 1200's. He was furious he didn't get offered a place, but the course needed people to be able to play instruments. He said musicians make music with technology, and he made it with record decks. Therefore, he was a musician. No argument with a DJ being a music technologist, but a musician? Not on my watch.
     
  18. Norman Fernandez

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    Just to clear up stuff.
    I do have some Tech talent.

    At that time I was confused
    If I should go with the Wing Or Focusrite.

    I ended with the wing..

    It's a silly question.
    And now I feel stupid to ask this question.
     
  19. paulears

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    Sounds like the lyrics to a song.

    Don't worry - I suspect we just expect university education to be a little more structured, that's all.

    On a side point, it's strange they have the budget to buy equipment, but make no effort telling the students what it actually is? Blame the staff. That's what students are supposed to do.
     
  20. bouldersound

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

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    As a staff member at two universities I'd blame administration and let them blame faculty.
     
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