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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Allen + Heath GL2800M Mic level passive splitter, XLR out 1/4" TS/RR, post-HPF, pre-EQ Has a built-in microphone-level passive splitter on each channel ("Y", not... Price It Details
Yamaha MG series no 1/4" TS/RR, post-EQ, pre-fader no

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Yamaha MC3210M no no

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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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Mackie 1402VLZ no dedicated direct out. use "first click" on (-10) insert jack. 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

Also known as the Micro Series "MS1402VLZ". See p. 26 of...

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Mackie 1402VLZ PRO no dedicated direct out. use "first click" on (-10) insert jack. 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

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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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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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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 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 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 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 2404-VLZ3 no, "first click" on (-10) insert jack (post-gain, pre-EQ, pre-fader, pre mute) 1/4" unbal, pre-EQ, pre-fader, pre-mute, TS/RR no

The Mackie 2404 VLZ3 is a 24-channel mixer with twenty mono input...

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Tapco Mix60 None None no Price It Details
Soundcraft 200B none 1/4" TRS, Ring=send, Tip=return (!) no

The 200B was available with 8, 16 or 24 input modules (and an optional...

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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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Roland M-480 None None no

48 mono input (or 24 stereo in) line-level rackmounted mixer with no...

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Yamaha PM1000 None None no

Circa 1975. XLRs are pin 2 hot.

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Allen + Heath Zed-14 none 1/4" TSRR, 0 dBu, post 100Hz filter, pre EQ no

Insert is post-HPF, pre-EQ and operates at 0dBu. Aux sends 1 and 2 are...

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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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