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 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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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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Crest X-Eight 1/4", post-EQ, post-fader, post-mute (ground-compensated) Separate 1/4" send and return, TRS

Insert send can be used as a post-HPF, pre-EQ output. A TRS plug in the...

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

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Roland RSS M-400 8 XLR outs, presumedly selectable as direct out or insert out 8 XLR outs, presumedly selectable as direct out or insert out

Most inputs and outputs are via Roland's proprietary REAC (Roland...

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Soundcraft Series 2 Use Group Outputs, XLR?

NOTE: This 1970's model is a different model than the recent "Series...

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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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Avid Stage 48 depends on card configuration, outputs are multi-use as direct outs, aux, main, group, matrix, switchable pre/post fader depends on card configuration, outputs are multi-use as direct outs, aux, main, group, matrix, switchable pre/post fader yes

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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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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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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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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 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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Soundcraft MH3 1/4" TRS separate 1/4" send and return. Switchable pre or post.

The following makes more sense knowing that the signal flow is Filter...

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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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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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