Old 09-28-2015, 08:07 AM   #1
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I have a 12 channel Behringer Eurorack mixer which has been lying around for some time. I'm thinking of using it - more for convenience - so I can have mics, guitars bass etc plugged in and levels set and trimmed. I know that it sums all to left and right output channels so I'm thinking the following.
I have 2 inputs in my Focusrite AI - one line and one instrument. So could I put the mixers left output to line and right to instrument and just pan the instruments in the mixing panel accordingly? Eg, a mic would be panned hard left and a guitar hard right.
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Old 09-28-2015, 08:10 AM   #2
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No, because the mixer will output left and right at line level.

Which Focusrite interface do you have?
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Hi! I have the Saffire LE - inputs are both switchable to line or instrument..
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Old 09-28-2015, 09:11 AM   #4
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I have a 12 channel Behringer Eurorack mixer which has been lying around for some time. I'm thinking of using it - more for convenience - so I can have mics, guitars bass etc plugged in and levels set and trimmed. I know that it sums all to left and right output channels so I'm thinking the following.
I have 2 inputs in my Focusrite AI - one line and one instrument. So could I put the mixers left output to line and right to instrument and just pan the instruments in the mixing panel accordingly? Eg, a mic would be panned hard left and a guitar hard right.
The Behringer is going to be a stunning downgrade in fidelity compared to the Focusrite. IMHO the convenience of having things connected and ready to go but at the expense of degrading the fidelity doesn't add up.

Try it of course.
But don't be surprised at the noise, hiss, and thick layer of harmonic distortion that comes along for the ride.


You'll tend to remember trim settings for your different mics in different situations as you go. Changing a mic for a different instrument isn't a big deal or time consuming.

What IS time consuming is discovering that the "rough sketch" you started is turning into something you want to keep and produce but now you have to start over because you recorded it with your cheap mic preamps and through a cheap board "to save time". YMMV
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Hi! I have the Saffire LE - inputs are both switchable to line or instrument..
Serr gives some food for thought, and I agree. But, if you want to try it out, just set both inputs to line and pan hard L/R. Don't use the instrument input setting.
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Old 09-28-2015, 02:08 PM   #6
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This is what fully balanced patch bays are for... to change your routing of signals at will easily.
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Thanks guys - it goes on e-bay
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