need help - old mackie mixer for live recording!

Discussion in 'Consoles / Control Surfaces' started by intomuzik, Aug 28, 2005.

  1. intomuzik

    intomuzik Guest


    My friend has a karaoke cafe bar. He is using some kind of 16- mono channel live Mackie mixer (old one i guess, i can't remember the model). I have a problem finding the Record Out on that mixer.

    On that one, it has Alt-Out 3/4, Bus Insert, and Aux Send something like that (no Tape In/Out). And on every channel it has a small button " Mute/ ALT 3/4".

    I used the Alt-out 3/4 as a record output to the M-Audio Audiophile 2496 PCI inteface with Adobe Audition. Then i pressed the Mute/Alt 2/3 button on the mic input channels and stereo input channels receiving signals from karaoke player. Then i used the sequencer to record it live.

    The result: the instrument signal (from karaoke players) is fine, but the mic signal is so weak that u can hardly hear (this happens whenever i press the Mute/ALT 3/4 button on that mic channel, but if i don't press it, no signal will be sent out)

    My question: is the Alt-Out 3/4 the right Record Out? Can i use the Aux Send on the mixer to output to the PCI soundcard?
  2. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2005
    Isn't there a "stereo out"on that old Mackie (early 1604?)? I seem to remember that there was. It takes the feed from the 4 subgroups (1/2 and Alt 3/4) and creates a stereo feed. Not 100% on that, though, so maybe not. I would still check into that. Were your subgroup faders trimmed up properly (probably, but...).
    And, yes, you should be able to use the Aux sends to feed the recorder/sequencer...
  3. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA

    Well, kinda...

    It takes the feeds from channels 1 and 2 and sends them out to the main outs. Channels 3 and 4 are sent to the 3&4 bus (unless otherwise directed). That way, even using a 2-bus mixer, you still have the possibility of a 4 channel output. So, instead of a true "mute" function, the Mackies simply redirect the signal away from the main bus. Actually, it's kind of a good idea...

    J. (y)

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