pd~ wrote:I need specific functionality for my apartment playing. I want one piece of hardware that will allow this routing:
1: audio source -> 2: external fx -> 3: pc in via mixer -> 4: pc out via mixer -> 5: external fx -> 6: headphones via mixer.
Reading online, it's not clear whether something like the Behringer Q802 will let me control what comes through the headphones. I only want to hear 6, not 3 or 4.
I have yet to meet a small & cheap mixer that would support this signal path in one pass. I do not believe the 802 will do it. I read it as the following:
1) input channel(s).
2) effects send #1
3) bus #1 (sub mixing both input channel(s) and effects loop #1 return path)
4) bus #2 (to prevent feedback loop at computer)
5) additional channel strips to support effects send #2, which is presumably then folded back into bus #2.
6) headphone amp/control room setting that allows you to mute submix sections (in this case bus #1 which just feeds PC).
The key here is simply multiple effects send/returns (or direct outputs on each channel, at the loss of being able to submix an effects feed from multiple sources) and a 4 buss (so you can have stereo on each path). Mind you, I have NO experience with USB mixers, just hardware mixers and sound cards - I'm unaware of any new features USB implementation allows (if any).