How to Connect a Mixer to Audio Interface

How to Connect a Mixer to Audio Interface


in this audio mixer tutorial I’m going
to show you how to use an audio mixer with an audio interface now there’s a
few ways that you can do this and I’m going to look at that in this video plus
I’m going to show you how to record with your audio mixer setup
welcome to simple green tech I’m Radio Zane and on this channel I do audio tech
tips tutorials and reviews to help you unleash your creativity now today I’m
doing an audio mixer set up by connecting a mixer to an audio interface
now the hardware that I’m using today is a Behringer mixer it’s the xenyx 1002
and the audio interface that I’m going to be using is a focusrite 2i2 now
near the end of the video I’m going to show you another way that you can
connect a mixer by using the behringer ub 502 mixer and I’m going to be using
the behringer um2 audio interface just to give you a little bit of variety
links to all of the gear mentioned in this video will be in the description
below so you can easily check it out whenever you like but right now we’re
going to get started with the audio mixer setup first we’ll look at one of
the easiest ways to connect your mixer to an audio interface for this you’ll
need a couple of quarter-inch cables you can plug the quarter-inch cables
into your main output on your mixer and go into the quarter inch input on the
front of your audio interface make sure that the gain knobs for both
channels are turned completely off you’ll be controlling the levels from
the audio mixer also if you’re using a focusrite scarlett interface like this
or any other interface that might have these switches on them make sure that
the switch is on line for both channels now on your audio mixer on the channel
that you plan on recording set the level knob to 0 some mixers might also have it
as a u and this is typically at 12 o´clock then you can adjust your gain
knob near the top to control the level of your mic or your instrument that you
might be recording leave the master fader at 0 and I suggest opening your
DAW and using the meters in it to determine your levels as the meter on
the behringer xenyx mixer isn’t the greatest if your mixer has better meters
you can use those and once your levels are set you’re ready to record if you
want to record two inputs at the same time and have them record on two
separate tracks in your DAW use the pan or balance controls on your mixer and
set one all the way to the left like this and the other one all the way to
the right now in your DAW or digital audio workstation set track 1 to record
input 1 and track 2 to record input 2 now you’ll be able to record two
separate inputs at the same time that method is super easy to set up and
it’s going to get your signal going into your system and if that’s all you care
about then just go with that method but if you want your mixer to control both
your input and output meaning you want to record into it and also listen back
through your headphones or through studio monitors that are connected to
the mixer then you’re going to need to do a little more of a setup and we’re
going to get into that right now you’ll need a set of cables like these they
have left and right RCA connectors on one end and left and right quarter-inch
TS connectors on the other side if your audio interface has RCA style connectors
on the back for the main output then you can use one cable like this and the
other cable would be a straight RCA to RCA cable you’ll also need two
quarter-inch TS cables unless your mixer has balanced outputs then you can use
TRS cables which I recommend connect the quarter-inch cables to your
mixers main outputs then connect the other end to your audio interface right
we’ll go into input two and left will go into input one now connect the second
set of cables to the two track in your audio mixer then the other end to the
output of your audio interface you’ll now want to connect your monitors or
speakers to the control output of the mixer the main mix is what’s getting
sent to the audio interface and the control room output is what we’ll be
monitoring as that’s going to be the playback of whatever you have going
through your audio interface your connections are now set but before you
turn your mixer on make sure that the two-track to mix button is not pressed
in you do not want to send the two track to the mix but you do want to track to
control pressed in so to recap two track to mix not pressed
in but two track to control is Pressed in if you were to send the two track to mix
you’re going to create an audio feedback loop
if that’s all set up you can turn your mixer on and remember when you’re doing
your level checks you want to adjust the levels on your audio mixer not on the
interface and not in your DAW software once the levels are set you’re ready to
record if you’re using one of the stereo channels on your audio mixer and you’re
only recording a mono source meaning a single plug-in like maybe a guitar cable
or the output of a guitar pedal then make sure you plug it in to the left
input on the channel on your audio mixer now this makes the balance control
actually become a pan control so you can pan it all the way right if you want
to record it two input two or all the way left if you want to record it into
input one let’s try a quick recording with this mixer setup I’m going to plug
my guitar into the left input of a stereo channel and then I’ll pan it all
the way right just to show you how that works then in my DAW I’ll select input
two which is the right channel alright now I’m going to show you
another way that you can connect an audio mixer to an audio interface this
time I’m going to be using a little bit different hardware this time I’m going
to use the behringer UB502 audio mixer and the behringer um2 audio interface
just to give you a little bit of variety but again the same method will work with
other mixers and other audio interfaces so this method is very similar to the
last method except instead of connecting the mains
out on the mixer to the input on the audio interface we’re going to use one
of these RCA to quarter-inch cables and connect the two-track output on the
mixer to the input on the audio interface and the output of the audio
interface will go from the main output on the back of your audio interface
that’s going to go into the RCA two-track inputs on your mixer now if
you’re going to be using monitor speakers with this particular mixer
you’re going to have to get a splitter from the phone’s output so you can send
the left and right channel to your monitors or you can just plug your
headphones into the headphone jack and monitor that way now on this mixer
you’re going to want to make sure that you have the tape to phone’s button
pushed in and that’s going to send your audio interface signal to your
headphones and that’s the way you’re going to monitor this the main mix knob
on this audio interface should be set to zero and you’ll use the phone’s dial to
adjust the volume of what you’re monitoring
and just like before you’re going to control your gain by using the gain knob
and set the main level on the channel to zero click here for my di box vs audio
interface vs mixer guitar recording video or click down here to see what
youtube thinks you should watch next thank you so much for watching if you
like this video please give it a thumbs up also subscribe if you’d like to see
more videos from me for simple green tech I’m Radio zane and we’ll talk soon

2 thoughts on “How to Connect a Mixer to Audio Interface

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *