DP32 SD

Discussion in '2488 and DP-24/32 Digital Portastudios' started by SteveK, Jan 6, 2020.

  1. SteveK

    SteveK New Member

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    Is it possible to use this as a live board and recorder simultaneously? My wife and I are starting to do a little acoustic gig, and would love to be able to use this as the live board into a pair of powered speakers. Can the efffects be used as effects for both the live sound and recorded tracks?
    Any help/info would be appreciated.
  2. David Porter

    David Porter Well-Known Member

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    Generally speaking - yes. You can use this as both a live mixer and a recorder (8 inputs maximum).

    The effects can be applied for live sound - but "printing" the effects to the recorded performance is something you would most likely want to do later.

    The biggest single limitation in using this as a live mixer is that you can only control the individual mixer output levels with the digital level control found in the input mixer screen (and you can only access that screen one channel at a time) - you cannot control the individual channel outputs with the physical faders.

    So... if you would be using this in a situation where you could dial in your levels, settings, etc... ahead of time and not have a need to constantly tweak and adjust - then this may work for you. But if you were a live sound person who needed to be tweaking levels and other settings throughout a show/performance - then this mixer is not ideal for that.
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  3. Mark Richards

    Mark Richards Well-Known Member

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    I agree with David. Inputs assigned direct to the Stereo Bus and using the Input Send 1 for the Effect.

    For some background on signal flow, look for the post "Using the Stereo Bus" in the Production Tips sticky.


    Phil Tipping's free Video Tutorials in the sticky section (in particular 3a, 3b, 5, 6a, and 6b) may be helpful too in getting you going in the right direction.
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  4. Mark Richards

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    Had another thought.

    Since you'd be recording your performance "live", instead of using the Inputs to feed the Stereo and Monitor Busses you could Assign Inputs to Tracks and use the Tracks to feed the Stereo and Monitor Busses.

    With the unit in Record Ready, you could use the Track Send 1 to engage the Effect, and the Track Faders to set the signal going to the Stereo Bus and Monitor Bus, and thus to your powered monitors.

    When ready to perform, press the Record button, and you're good to go. The Effect won't be recorded, which is good (save that for mixdown), but it will still be heard over the powered speakers.

    There could be several variations on this depending on what you want as the end result for the recorded sound.
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  5. -mjk-

    -mjk- Moderator Staff Member

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    I think that's what most people do when live recording. It has the additional benefit of mixing on the faders which is intuitive and easy for someone else to mix without having to be so familiar with the unit.
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  6. SteveK

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    Thanks everyone! Very helpful information.
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    Also SteveK, by adding something like this, Behringer XENYX QX602MP3 6-Channel Mixer with MP3 Player and feeding it into your DP32/24, you have an additional couple inputs and can plug in a USB drive and have MP3 background or intermission music...just a thought.