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 How do I hook up an effects processor to my mixer?
This setup is called a parallel effects loop, because we will be sending a copy of the original dry signal to the processor and mixing the wet, or processed signal, with the dry signal in the Main Mix. Connect an Aux Send to the Left or Mono Line Input on your processor. Patch the Left and Right wet Outputs from the processor to the left and right Aux Returns on the mixer. Now, turn up the Aux Send knob on the channel you want to process. If there is an Aux Send Master for that Aux turn it up to unity. Turn up the input level on your processor for a line level signal. Turn up the output on your processor to unity. Turn the Aux Return knob on your mixer up to the desired level of effects you want to hear in the Main Mix.

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  How do I hook up a compressor or external EQ to my mixer?
These types of effects are called serial effects because we only want to hear the processed signal. It does no good to use a compressor or EQ with aux sends and returns because then we would be listening to both the unprocessed signal and the processed signal together. Each Mic/Line channel has a TRS insert jack. This jack is both an output and an input. Connect an Insert or Send and Return Cable with the TRS side in the Channel Insert jack. Plug the Tip or Send jack into the input on your processor. Plug the end labeled Ring or Return into the output of your processor. The signal from the channel now will be routed out to the compressor or EQ and returned directly to the channel. What you hear will be post insert or completely compressed or EQed signal.

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  Whats this Low Cut button thingy on the mic channels?
This is a high pass filter, which cuts frequencies below 75Hz at a rate of 18dB per octave. We recommend you use low cut on all microphones except kick drum, bass guitar, bassy synth patches or recordings of earthquakes. This helps cut out unwanted low frequency noises, like the mic stand rumbling around on stage.

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  What outputs should I use for my monitor amp or powered monitors when I'm recording?
The Control Room outputs are for your Studio Monitors. If you have powered monitors, like the Mackie HR824s, connect them directly to the Control Room outputs. If you have passive speakers and an amp, connect the Control Room outputs to the amplifier line inputs and power the speakers from the amp. In the C/R Source section of the mixer, select the things you want to hear in your headphones and the Control Room outputs and adjust the level with the CTL Room / Submix fader (or knob).
 

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