Rerouting things right before the monitors.

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by EricWatkins, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. EricWatkins

    EricWatkins Active Member

    Feb 10, 2007
    Decatur Il
    Hello. Question. I currently have a MOTU 2408 going straight to my Alesis M1 actives. I have a DM-4800 as the front end to my DAW going digtally into the 2408 via 3 lightpipe cables. If I want to just fire up a keyboard and play it in my studio, I have to fire up everything, open a Cubase project, set a track to monitor, blah blah blah. A major pain and inspiration killer.

    I use a Mackie 1202 vlz to submix all my synths before they go into the DM-4800. How bad do you think it would be to put the Mackie in between the 2408 and the Alesis M1s just so I could play my keys for practice without turning on the whole studio? I could always use sends from the mackie to get synth signals into the recording chain. I'm just trying to simplify a bit so I can practice. Do you think that I am going to be changing the tone majorly by running all my mixes through the Mackie before it gets to the speakers?

    Your advice is very much welcome. Thanks.

  2. AudioGeezer

    AudioGeezer Active Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    I'd hook the monitors up to the DM-4800. There are control room functions for this purpose. The combination of Stereo Bus, 2 TK returns both analog and SPDIF, should handle any and all combinations. Use the DM as it's made to be used, as a recording console with multiple monitoring options.

    I would think you could bring your keyboards into the DM without going through the Mackie.

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