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total novice seeks 8 channel mixing desk
Old 15th December 2010
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total novice seeks 8 channel mixing desk

hi gear guys,

i read here a lot but this is my first post. it may seem similar to others but i actually can't find anything specific to this situation on these forums, so here's a new thread!

i have a nice microphone and a macbook with Logic Pro. thus far i have had good results recording directly into the computer with just that microphone. this has been mono, one track, guy-with-guitar stuff. i have never taken audio from more than one mic at once, so i need a bit of help.

i want to extend this setup to getting drums, amps and stuff together at the same time. so i need more than one mic. i think 8 channels will be plenty cos i like simple, spartan recordings (neil young, beatles etc). 8 channels, treble/bass, L/R. a send for an old tape echo i'm buying could be good, but i guess they'll all have that.

things i don't know that i need help with are:
- if i run the mixing desk into the computer and i've panned things L and R, will it just turn into one mono track? if so how does one avoid this? mono's fine, but i do want the stereo option!
- and what's a good mixer to get? i don't know exactly what to look for in a desk. what makes them good or bad?

looking to go second hand/ebay etc. not cheap, not expensive, just does the job. (what i don't need is the more professional setup, where the computer records all your tracks to separate, editable lines in the program. one stereo track coming in from the desk will be fine.)

thanks, help appreciated. (and sorry about my lack of any technical terminology)
Pat
Old 15th December 2010
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You'd be running the stereo output of the desk into the computer I believe? So with panning etc on the desk, you should get a stereo output into the computer. Good way to do this is with a desk that has an Alt 3-4 output or similar.

This is a great guide, read it all thoroughly.

Have a look at some Allen and Heath, Soundcraft and Mackie desks that have the features you want.

Good luck with your recording ventures
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