Insert Channels for Multitrack Output from an Analog Audio Mixer

Does your mixer output multitrack audio via USB? No. Does it have insert channels? If so, you can still get multichannel out!

On any mixer, you can get two, separated tracks (max) by hard panning left and right.

But if you want to get even more separated channels out of an analog mixer or even a mixer that has USB but only outputs a stereo channel, you can use the insert channels (if you have them) as independent outputs.

But if you want to get even more separated channels out of an analog mixer or even a mixer that has USB but only outputs a stereo channel, you can use the insert channels (if you have them) as independent outputs.

By inserting a TS to TS, 1/4″ cable (linked below) to only the first click (not pushing the cable all the way in), that channel will be sent out of the insert jack without interrupting the signal being sent to your main mix. If you pushed the cable all the way it, it would interrupt the signal flow to your main mix and the insert jack would simply function as a direct output. You can decide on what you need.

The other end of the TS cable then goes into an audio recorder that has multiple 1/4″ inputs (this side of the cable gets plugged in all the way).

Do this for each available insert channel or for as many channels as you want to independently route out of your mixer and you now have a mixer that can send multitrack audio to a recording device.

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