How To Connect Audio Mixer To Audio Interface

Connect Audio Mixer To Audio Interface

If you’re looking to record your stereo mix from an audio mixer, it can be extremely helpful to connect your audio mixer to an audio interface. In this article, we’ll walk through the steps that you’ll need to follow in order to connect your audio mixer to an audio interface.

Quick Answer: To connect your audio mixer to your audio interface use balanced 1/4″ cables or XLR Cables to connect your stereo output into the inputs on your audio interface.

Connect Audio Mixer to Audio Interface

How To Connect Your Audio Mixer to An Audio Interface

  1. Setup Your Audio Mixer & Inputs

    Connect your microphones, line inputs, etc and make sure that you have your mixer setup as per normal.

  2. Option 1: Connect XLR Cables from your audio mixer output to the inputs on your audio interface
    Option 2: Connect Balanced 1/4″ Cables from you audio mixer output to the inputs on your audio interface

    This step will largely depend on the outputs available on your audio mixer.

  3. Keep the inputs on your audio interface turned all the way down.

    Since you’re sending a line level signal, you don’t need any help from the preamps on your audio interface.

  4. Connect your audio interface to your computer

  5. Connect your Digital Audio Workstation (Audio Software) to your audio interface

  6. Press Record

Audio Mixer with Interface

Yamaha MG10XU USB Audio Mixing Console

If you are new to home recording, there is another option:  An audio mixer with a built in Audio Interface like the Yamaha MG10XU. These sound boards combine functionality of an audio mixing board with the connectivity of an audio interface. You plug microphones and instruments into the sound board, then plug the sound board straight into the computer’s USB port.

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