The Mixer Output Guide

Courtesy of Silent Way Remote Audio Recording and Audio Equipment Rental.

Audio mixer inputs are well documented, but output specifications are buried in manuals. This guide to the poor neglected output describes direct outs, inserts, hidden mods and more.

There are two ways to do a live recording: use a mic-splitter with dedicated mic preamps, or hope that the direct outputs on the house board don't suck. House direct outs are risky if they're post-fader/EQ, inaccessible, bad mic pres etc. Whether you call it a console, mixer, board or desk, plan ahead with this list. Your contributions and corrections are encouraged.

TS/RR: tip=send, ring=return. A "first click" insert is a semi-direct out: an unbalanced 1/4" TS plug inserted half-way will send signal without interrupting it to the mix bus. Plugged all the way in, it is a direct out which interrupts.

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Midas PRO2 yes

The PRO2 comes in two form factors (the PRO2C is more compact). Eight...

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Midas XL-3 See Notes TT patchbay?

The XL-3 has 16 mix sends on each mono channel (8 stereo sends on each...

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Yamaha LS9-16 8 analog "omni" XLR outputs plus card slot

The Yamaha LS9-16 has 16-mic/line inputs, 8 analog "omni" XLR outputs,...

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Yamaha LS9-32 16 analog "omni" XLR outputs plus card slot

The Yamaha LS9-32 has 32-mic/line inputs, 16 analog "omni" XLR outputs...

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Mackie SR 24•4-VLZ Pro no, "first click" on (-10) insert jack 1/4" unbal, pre-EQ, pre-fader, pre-mute, TS/RR no

This 24-channel mixer has twenty mono input channels/faders and two...

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Mackie SR 24•4 no, "first click" on (-10) insert jack 1/4" unbal, pre-EQ, pre-fader, pre-mute, TS/RR no

This 24-channel mixer has twenty mono input channels/faders and two...

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Mackie Onyx 24.4 DB25, balanced, post low-cut, post insert, pre EQ 1/4" unbal, post low-cut, pre EQ, pre fader, pre mute, TS/RR no

This 24-channel mixer has twenty mono input channels/faders and two...

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Mackie Onyx 32.4 DB25, balanced, post low-cut, post insert, pre EQ 1/4" unbal, post low-cut, pre EQ, pre fader, pre mute, TS/RR no

This 32-channel mixer has twenty eight mono input channels/faders and...

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Mackie DL1608 none none no

This is a dock for an iPad with 16 mic preamps. Mic inputs 1-12 are XLR...

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Mackie DL806 none none no

This is a dock for an iPad with 8 mic preamps. Mic inputs 1-5 are XLR,...

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Mackie SR 32•4-VLZ Pro no, "first click" on (-10) insert jack 1/4" unbal, pre-EQ, pre-fader, pre-mute, TS/RR no

This mixer has 28 mic/line mono, and 2 stereo line channels.

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Mackie SR 32•4 no, "first click" on (-10) insert jack 1/4" unbal, pre-EQ, pre-fader, pre-mute, TS/RR no

This mixer has 28 mic/line mono, and 2 stereo line channels.

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Mackie 1402-VLZ3 no dedicated direct out. use "first click" on (-10) insert jack on first 6 inputs. 1/4" unbalanced, post-trim, post-low cut, pre-EQ, pre-fader, TS/RR. Send= 120 ohm low impedance. Return= 2.5k ohm high impedance. no

This mixer has no official modifications. However, previous models...

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Midas Heritage 3000 XLR, post-EQ, pre-fader. PRE switch makes DO pre-insert, pre-EQ AND pre-mute. TRS, separate send and return jacks, post-EQ. PRE switch makes insert pre-EQ. INS switch engages return. yes

Transformer Balancing Option on DO.

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Midas Heritage 2000 XLR, post-EQ, pre-fader. PRE switch makes DO pre-insert, pre-EQ AND pre-mute. TRS, separate send and return jacks, post-EQ. PRE switch makes insert pre-EQ. INS switch engages return. yes

Transformer Balancing Option on DO.

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Yamaha PM5D 24 "Mix" outs on XLR, +4dBu; 8 matrix outputs on XLR, +4dBu. "Direct Out" configurable via software at any point to any output patch. Yes, on separate TRS jacks, +4dBu (PM5D only, not on the PM5D-RH). Post-HPF, configurable via software to any point after that. Note: insert on/off switch.

Two versions: PM5D (Manual Head Amp for input sensitivity and phantom...

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Behringer XENYX 1832FX None TS/RR inserts on first 6 mono channels no

USB 2-input/2-output audio interface built-in. Aux sends: 1 pre fader,...

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Allen + Heath GL2800 1/4" TRS (impedance balanced) 1/4" TS/RR, post-HPF, pre-EQ no Use the channel recessed PRE-EQ switches (under aux send 1-2) to change... Price It Details
Soundcraft LX7ii 1/4" TRS switchable pre/post fader. (75Ω) 1/4" insert is pre-EQ. (75Ω) no

When "DIR PRE" button is off, DO is post-EQ/post-mute/post-fader. When...

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