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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Soundcraft Series Two 1/4" TRS switchable pre/post fader. (0dBu, +22 max, 75ohm impedence balanced) 1/4" insert is pre-EQ. no

"DIR PRE" button makes DO pre-fader/pre-mute. 40 channel model is 26/16...

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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
Allen + Heath GL2400 1/4" TRS impedance-balanced, on mono inputs only 1/4" on mono inputs only, TS/RR. no

Direct Out default factory setting is pre-insert, pre-EQ, pre-fade....

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Midas Siena 1/4" TRS, impedance balanced, 0dBu 1/4", TS/RR, 0dBu no

Direct Out is post fader by default. Internal jumper has four other...

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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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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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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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Crest X 20R 1/4" TRS, on first 12 channels, post fader (50 ohms ground compensated) 1/4" TSRR, post-HPF, pre-eq, pre-fader, pre-mute. no

Complex internal soldering mod to make direct out prefader. Aux send...

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Yamaha PM3500 1/4", post-fader, pre-mute (internally switchable to be pre-EQ and/or post-mute) Separate TRS jacks, switchable on/off via "Insert" switch (also internal switch chooses pre/post) no

The matrix and eight group outs are XLR. See page 34 of...

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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 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

See p. 25 of...

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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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Allen + Heath GL3800 1/4" TRS (impedance balanced, 0dBu) 1/4" TS/RR, post-HPF, pre-EQ, 0dBu no

Direct Out has internal option jumpers for each channel. The factory...

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