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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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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Midas Legend 3000 TRS. Also on EDAC multipin (see notes below). TRS, separate send and return jacks. no

Direct Out is pre-fader, but POST-FOH-mute by factory default. Internal...

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Yamaha MG series no 1/4" TS/RR, post-EQ, pre-fader no

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Mackie Onyx 1220 DB25, Post-Gain, Pre-Insert, Pre-EQ, Pre-Mute, Pre-Fader 1/4" unbal, post-lo-cut, pre-EQ, pre-fader, TS/RR, on ch 1-4 only. Tip is Lo-Z, Ring is Hi-Z. no

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Mackie Onyx 1620 DB25, Post-Gain, Pre-Insert, Pre-EQ, Pre-Mute, Pre-Fader 1/4" unbal, post-lo-cut, pre-EQ, pre-fader, TS/RR, on ch 1-8 only. Tip is Lo-Z, Ring is Hi-Z. no

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Mackie Onyx 1640 DB25, Post-Gain, Pre-Insert, Pre-EQ, Pre-Mute, Pre-Fader 1/4" unbal, post-lo-cut, pre-EQ, pre-fader, TS/RR, on ch 1-16. Tip is Lo-Z, Ring is Hi-Z. no

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Panasonic DA7 Digital only 1/4" send-return unbal TS/RR, +4 10kOhm, pre-EQ, pre-fader no

Insert is pre A/D converter. DO is digitally routable to card slots....

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Tapco Mix60 None None no Price It Details
Mackie 8Bus Series 1/4" unbal (+4?), post-EQ, post-fader 1/4" unbal, pre-lo-cut, pre-EQ, pre-fader, TS/RR no

All busses have 1/4" inserts. Busses have 1/4" +4/-10 switchable...

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Mackie 1604-VLZ Pro 1/4" (+4?), post-EQ, post-fader, impedence balanced, only on ch 1-8. "First click" (-10) insert for ch 9-16 DO. 1/4" unbal, pre-EQ, pre-fader, TS/RR no

The 4 busses have 1/4" outputs. See page 28 of...

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Mackie CR1604 no, "first click" on (-10) insert jack 1/4" unbal, post-EQ, post-fader, TS/RR no

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Yamaha PM4000 1/4", post-fader (internally switchable to be post-pad, post-gain, pre-EQ, pre-HPF) Separate TRS jacks, switchable post-EQ/pre-fader OR pre-EQ/pre-fader via "Insert Pre" switch no

Matrix and group outs are XLR. See page 89 of...

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Yamaha PM5000 TRS, pre-EQ, pre-fader, pre-mute (internally switchable to be post-EQ and/or post-mute) Separate TRS jacks, switchable pre/post EQ via "Pre" switch no

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Allen + Heath GL2200 1/4" TRS impedance-balanced, pre-fader (switchable internally to post), on mono inputs only. 1/4" on mono inputs only, TS/RR. no

Internal link option involving re-soldering of circuit board links...

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Allen + Heath GL3300 1/4", post fader 1/4" no

Internal mod can switch DO pre/post (requires solder), default is post...

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Midas XL-200 TRS, post-fader, internal solder mod changes it to pre-fader. Separate TRS jacks, Pre-EQ, internal jumper makes it Post-EQ. no

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Rane MLM103 On balanced Euroblocks, post-EQ. No no

PRE/post MIX LEVEL DIRECT OUTPUT buttons: “in” position= Direct Output...

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Mackie CFX-12mkii no, "First click" on (-10) insert jack 1/4" unbal, pre-EQ, pre-fader, TS/RR no

The 4 busses have 1/4" outputs. "Utility Out" mirrors the Main out...

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Midas Verona TRS balanced, "impedance balanced" on mono inputs only, post EQ pre mute by factory default, internal jumper mod for pre EQ/pre insert. 0dBu. 1/4" on mono inputs only, TS/RR, Pre-EQ. "Multi Function" channels are different, see manual. no

DO factory default is post EQ pre mute, internal jumper sets DO pre EQ...

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