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Mic Splitter For Direct Monitoring Purposes?
Old 26th September 2012
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Mic Splitter For Direct Monitoring Purposes?

Hey Everyone,

I did an extensive search of the forums, but didn't happen upon anything that addressed my question specifically (as most of the similar threads pertain to live/remote recording and my question does not).

Anyway, I have an interface that does not provide direct monitoring and was considering something like the ART S8 to split between the interface for recording and a small mixer for direct monitoring.

I am wondering: If I feed the interface from the direct outs and the mixer from the isolated split, is there any reason why the recorded signal would be degraded in any way? (Some of the "Remote Possibilities" thread mention noise transfer and the like across the split, but I am assuming that very little, if any, noise would be likely with the extremely short cable runs and minimal variables involved).

Also, it's fairly late and I'm not sure if I'm perhaps not thinking as clearly as I could be but, would: Mic->XLR->Splitter->Direct Out->XLR->Interface or External Preamp with nothing attached to the isolated out be any different than plugging the Mic straight into the Interface/Pre? (Other than perhaps a slightly longer cable run?)

Thanks in advance for any replies.
Old 26th September 2012
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I have been using an ART split com for quite a few years to split a mic signal. One feed is sent to the input of an outboard preamp and then on into my interface, and the other feeds a channel in my mixing console for a separate monitoring feed when needed. It has worked fine for this and doesn't appear to negatively affect the sound. I have been quite happy with this arrangement on one channel. Can't see any reason why 8 channels wouldn't be fine as well.
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