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Mackie DXB Hook Up Guide

Published: Mon August 14, 2006  News Feed

Using the dXb with a Digital Audio Workstation

This example demonstrates how to use the dXb with a digital audio workstation (DAW). Three MIC/LINE 4 cards provide up to 24 microphone and instrument inputs (12 Mic/Line inputs and 12 Line inputs). Three AES cards provide 24 output tracks to the DAW’s audio interface via 25-pin AES/EBU connections. The SMPTE IN/OUTs on the SYNC card provide time code for the DAW. A LINE card provides line-level sends and returns for external effects, and the MIX OUT card provides a stereo line-level control room output and two stereo headphone outputs for monitoring the input sources.

Using the dXb for Surround Sound Mixing

After getting your tracks down, the three DIGI cards provide inputs for 24-tracks from the hard disk recorder via ADAT optical connections. The MIDI IN/OUTs provide MMC (MIDI Machine Control) to the hard disk recorder and MTC (MIDI Time Code) to the dXb. A LINE card provides up to eight line-level sends for monitoring the mixdown in either stereo (L/R Mix) or surround sound. You can use the AES/EBU or S/PDIF outputs (or the analog MIX OUT) from the MIX OUT card to record a stereo mixdown, or one of the ADAT optical outputs to record the surround stems to a digital multitrack recorder.

Using the dXb for Tracking

This diagram demostrates how to use three MIC/LINE 4 cards, providing up to 24 microphone and instrument inputs (12 Mic/Line inputs and 12 Line inputs). Three DIGI cards provide 24 output tracks to a hard disc recorder via ADAT optical connections. The MIDI IN/OUTs provide MMC (MIDI Machine Control) to the hard disk recorder and MTC (MIDI Time Code) to the dXB. A LINE card provides line-level sends and returns for external effects, and the MIX OUT card provides two stero line-level control room outputs (1=NEAR; 1=MAIN) and two stero headphone outputs for monitoring the input sources.

 
 
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