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FDP Forum / Home Recording Forum / Splitting a vocal mic to send 1 channel to mixer and 1to a recorder

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Mar 30th, 2015 11:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Any suggestions?

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Mar 30th, 2015 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A passive XLR splitter should work fine in most cases. I do it regularly for monitors at music festivals.
If you get a hum as a result of the split it is usually correctable by ensuring that both the mixer and recorder are on the same circuit or by lifting pin 1 on the mixer input side of the split.
If the hum persists, an in line isolation transformer and a pin 1 lift may be needed.
As transformers can color the signal (not always a bad thing) it should be on the monitor split side.

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Mar 30th, 2015 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Any more specifics? Generally, you should be able to send mic to mixer and then tap out to a recorder through most mixer's configurations.

Achase4u

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Mar 30th, 2015 02:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yea - in the analog domain, I'm not sure why I wouldn't use an out from the mixer to the recorder.

Ebtech makes iso transformers though, if you want to split. There will be an impedance change from the mic, though.

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Mar 30th, 2015 03:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Yea - in the analog domain, I'm not sure why I wouldn't use an out from the mixer to the recorder."

Seconded.

Why not just use the channel insert or an aux send on the board?


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Mar 30th, 2015 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I assumed you were using separate mic preamps for tracking.

Taking an out from the mixer will add the color of the mixer preamps. Unless it's a damn good mixer, I wouldn't go there.

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Mar 30th, 2015 06:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Actually this is for a friend from work while I am on the road in Durham. I always Go to my fdp friends for ideas. Will ask more in the morning.


Achase4u

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Mar 30th, 2015 06:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I feel as though as long as the mixer has decent pres, youll be ok. But Roly is right - if you have a much better pre, it could be worth splitting. Otherwise, if they are both decent, it would really be splitting hairs in my mind. Many budget pres are better than some pro pres 40 yrs ago.

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