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Breaking out to the mixer/computer
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Author Breaking out to the mixer/computer
Longjonlebon
Hi all, just wondering how you all break out of the rack to a mixer or a multi channel sound card for recording onto separate channels?

I’m looking for (or to make) a module that takes 8 3.5mm ins and connects to an 8 way 1/4” loom. I have lots of 3.5-1/4 cables at the moment and it’s a mess and defo not a permanent recording solution.

Any advice?

Also - if I make one, can anyone foresee issues with noise or lack of shielding?

Thanks
ersatzplanet
I use a bunch of 3.5mm to 1/4" cables myself. I output from different modules in separate cabinets (I'm part of the many small cabinet crowd) so a snake would not do well.

If I had a single large cabinet, I would make a "Trunk" module that wired a bunch of 3.5mm jacks to a snake that went to the mixer or patchbay and dedicate inputs to the jacks on it. Use lots of shielded cables and have some large multi-pin connector on the rear of the rig to connect to. Doesn't have to be a super expensive audio connector, a SCSI or a couple of DB-25 connectors would work. Have the panel made on Front Panel Express so it looks pro and make it yourself.
EATyourGUITAR
something like this.

https://nw2s.net/products/nw2s-io

then you can buy a DB25 snake to 1/4 TS unbalanced. this one has a built in pad which is probably a resistor divider. if the pad is going in the right direction, that will probably help get modular levels down to +4dB. what matters is that it attenuates the modular signal before it goes into a +4dB input on the audio interface. you would be putting your -10dB side of the snake into the +4dB input on the audio interface.

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/DigiSnTS--avid-db25-ts-4-dbu-1 0-dbv-padded-digisnake-12-foot

I would stay far away from any kind of mixer if you already have a good audio interface. you will only make your noise floor worse. if you are using a passive summing mixer or some professional console with remote power supply then that is a different story.
Longjonlebon
Ohhhh...didn’t think about using DB25! I have loads of old looms from when studios use to be a thing...time to get soldering!

Thanks for the advice dudes!!
ersatzplanet
EATyourGUITAR wrote:
something like this.

https://nw2s.net/products/nw2s-io

then you can buy a DB25 snake to 1/4 TS unbalanced. this one has a built in pad which is probably a resistor divider. if the pad is going in the right direction, that will probably help get modular levels down to +4dB. what matters is that it attenuates the modular signal before it goes into a +4dB input on the audio interface. you would be putting your -10dB side of the snake into the +4dB input on the audio interface.

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/DigiSnTS--avid-db25-ts-4-dbu-1 0-dbv-padded-digisnake-12-foot


If you get the nw2s-io module, you won't need the padded snake, that module can do the padding and gain all by itself. You just need to make the snake.
3hands
I’m currently going from the modular, through a simple Drawmwr LX20 (to add some gain),into a MOTU 2408. I have 2 patchbays and a pro recording console that I need to plumb into eventually. Waiting till after the holidays to do that!
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