Routing Through the Mixer
At any given time while using the DAW, you will be doing at least one of the following tasks: recording to the computer, monitoring an input (mic, pod pro, etc.), or listening to what you have previously recorded. Many times you may be doing a couple of these things at the same time. To make this process simpler, we will explain how to set up the mixer to do one task at a time.
Recording to the Computer
To record to the computer, follow the red path in the diagram below. You should turn the level of both the channel strip volume fader and the 1-2 submix faders up at or below 0dB. Select the 1-2 channel assign button.
Monitoring an Input & Listening to a Recording
To listen to an incoming source, or to listen to what has already been recorded from the computer, follow the blue path in the diagram below. Make sure your input channel volume fader is up (in the case of listening to audio back from the computer, this would be the 15/16 channel fader), select the L/R channel assign button for the desired input or inputs, turn up the Main Mix Volume Fader, and select the L/R selection button in the control booth.
The black dotted line in the diagram denotes the path of audio if you would like to
listen to what is
being sent to the computer in real time. This can be achieved by
deselecting the L/R selection button and selecting the 1-2 selection
button in the control booth.
Note: Audio production programs such as ProTools, Sonar, and Reason send audio through the mixer. All other programs such as Firefox, iTunes, and Internet Explorer still play sound through the computer's internal sound card. To listen to audio from these types of programs, plug your headphones into the computer's headphone jack.