Channel insert for recording?

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Hi, I'm new to recording, but would like to know if it's possible to use the channel inserts of a mixer for multitrack recording? is there a way to control the level of a channel coming out of the insert?
Thanks,
Juda

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Your best bet is to use the Direct Out if there is one. But if you only have inserts, remember that the signal will (usually) be interrupted in your mix if you tap the insert without returning it.

The level will be controlled by the stages in the channel before the insert (mic pre gain, some EQs etc).

Some mixers have pre/post switches too, check yours.

I've put together a guide to some mixers, covering whether they have Direct Out/Insert recording capabilities:

http://www.silentway.com/mixers

Also, check your mixer to see if it does the "first click" trick as described in my guide...

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Hi Tony,
Thanks for the reply.
I wanted to get information before buying the right mixer for me.
Yamaha has a good reputation and I'm thinking of getting the MG16/6FX, but they don't provide much detail about insert path on their site. Your guide says NO for Do gain control? does that mean that the insert has no levle control at all?
Thanks,
Juda

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I wouldn't hold it against a mixer for not having a dedicated level control for the insert. Very few mixers have a level control for the insert (in fact i can't think of any that do), and only the top-tier mixers have dedicated level control for the direct out.

But if you're just using this for recording, and the stereo mix doesn't matter, you're not as limited as it might seem.

If multitrack recording is very important to you, don't forget that there are other mixers in the same price range that do have direct outs...

...and, outboard dedicated mic preamps are a possibility as well:

http://www.zzounds.com/a--3778/item--FOCMH435

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So did I understand correctly (from your guide) that the gain control of this mixer has no affect on the insert?

I also looked at Behringer's new line XENYX mixers, but reading so many bad reviews about Behringer mixers (though not this one) I'm afraid to buy one.
Do you have any opinion of their boards?

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Juda wrote:So did I understand correctly (from your guide) that the gain control of this mixer has no affect on the insert?

I believe that is true.

Juda wrote:I also looked at Behringer... Do you have any opinion of their boards?

From what I've seen of Behringer products, "you get what you pay for"... they are inexpensive but not built to last.

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