Originally Posted by Kyleseglin
I'm confused, what do you mean when you say to normal the bay to the daw I/O? I'm working with a 32 ch I/O interface, a 96 pt bay and a few hardware compressors, eqs and pres.. What would you do in this instance I'm trying to understand..
In your case, I would wire 24 of the DAW IO to the patch bay half-normalled. The DAW output will be on the top and the DAW input will be on the bottom, for each channel. The signal will flow freely from the top to the bottom with no patch cable. The signal can only be interrupted when a patch cable is plugged into the bottom (see video on previous post). Use the remaining 8 DAW channels for master outs, monitor outs and any gear that you want hard-wired to the DAW (like a master buss chain or reverbs).
I would also wire all of your mic pres NON-NORMALLED (so the signal never flows from top to bottom creating a feedback loop) into the patch bay. Output on top and LINE in on bottom (for now plug the mice directly into the MIC input on the pres).
Also wire your hardware (compressors, EQs etc..) into the patch bay NON-NORMALLED.
Now you can do things like:
* When tracking, patch a pre into a compressor, EQ, then into any channel on the DAW.
* When mixing select a DAW channel and patch it into a compressor, EQ etc… and back into the DAW.