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Making the most of mixer real estate? re sends 5&6 on a Mackie
Old 2nd February 2014
Gear Head

Making the most of mixer real estate? re sends 5&6 on a Mackie

Hi all,

I've been trying to add a new send FX on the 5th send of my Mackie 32 mixer. Up until now I've only used 4 sends. The last 2 sends, 5 & 6, toggle with knobs used for 3 & 4 with a toggle switch.

The problem is that toggling to sends 5 & 6... completely mutes sends 3 & 4.

This seems kind of self-defeating, and makes sends 5 & 6 kind of useless. Is there any wizardry to make sends 5&6 more useful? Any good way to get more mileage out of my mixer real estate?

Thanks for any suggestions.
Old 2nd February 2014
Gear Head

Anyone? :/ Or should I settle on only having 4 practically usable sends?
Old 2nd February 2014
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I think you're correct that there's no way around the 3/4 or 5/6 issue.

That said, if you aren't using the Mix-B capability, you could route the signals for Aux 5 thru Mix-B, then send the output from Mix-B to your effect. Then, if you have free channels, run the return from Mix-B to two channels. If you don't have free channels you could run it back into the 2-Track or External Inputs.
Old 2nd February 2014
Gear Head

Thanks for the advice! I'm new to using Mix-B but that would allow for 1 extra "send", using the gain knob for Mix B? Sweet!

Now if only I could fix my 2 intermittant channels so easily. I have one with a shoddy mute button and one that's intemittant at the trim knob, not looking forward to trying to disassemble this thing to repair.
Old 2nd February 2014
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Dr. Mordo's Avatar

I haven't been into mine, so I can't help you there.

I think you're right though - I seem to remember reading they are a PITA to work on. Also, I think I read that the ribbon cables are delicate, to try not to flex the wires anymore than absolutely necessary.

But yeah, Mix-B can act as another stereo send, or now that I think about it you could wire each side of the Mix-B circuit as a mono send if you are returning to two center panned channels (instead of the 2-Track input, which as assigned to L+R). You'd use the Mix-B balance to control the amount of each effect on the track. I haven't tried this, but seems to me like it would work.
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