Connecting/daisy chaining multiple mixers

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K-Bee
KVRAF
2138 posts since 9 Mar, 2009 from Copenhagen, Denmark

Post Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:05 am

I own a Behringer RX1602
https://www.thomann.de/dk/behringer_rx1 ... emixer.htm
and I'm in definite need of more inputs! My idea is to get another RX1602 and ending up having 32 inputs instead of 16. Can this be done and are there any pitfalls going about it like that in terms of hiss, noise etc?
Are there any other easy and affordable way to get more outputs besides daisy chaining. My current RX1602 goes into my sound card i(Focusrite Scarlet 6i6) and I'm on a Windows10 PC.

Thanks :)

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BertKoor
KVRAF
11003 posts since 8 Mar, 2005 from Utrecht, Holland

Re: Connecting/daisy chaining multiple mixers

Post Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:44 am

Sure you can. But noise gets added up. And you won't have the benefit of shared buses (aux sends, main/alt outputs)
Plus you'll scratch your head all the time: was this plugged into mixer 1 or 2?

Maybe look for a bigger mixer, or a patch bay is another option if you don't have all the channels active all the time.
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KVRAF
2138 posts since 9 Mar, 2009 from Copenhagen, Denmark

Re: Connecting/daisy chaining multiple mixers

Post Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:29 am

BertKoor wrote: if you don't have all the channels active all the time.
That was what I was hoping I could. A patch bay might be another way to go if the whole thing gets too noisy then.

JCJR
KVRAF
2570 posts since 17 Apr, 2005 from S.E. TN

Re: Connecting/daisy chaining multiple mixers

Post Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:37 am

Do you use the mon/FX busses much?

You speak of more inputs but near the end mention more outputs. Was that a typo or do you also need more outputs?

If you mainly need 32 in and 2 out capability and don't use the the mon/FX sends much, then you could get pretty good noise performance by patching the main output of mixer 1 into an FX return bus on mixer 2 then route mixer 2 main output to your sound card input.

That would be a line level stacking and would not add ridiculous extra noise, and wouldn't even give up any of your current inputs unless you are already using all your FX returns and the tape return. Stacking with the tape return ought to work about as good as an FX return.

You could adjust the main master of mixer 1 and input levels of the return on mixer 2, then put a piece of painters tape by the controls and Mark the position, so that all the inputs of either mixer are equally sensitive at mixer 2 output, and use mixer 2 output as your master for all 32 channels input. You could also get a few extra channels using the FX and tape returns of both mixers if you don't need them for actual FX boxes or tape players, radios, mp3 players or whatever.

There would be other ways to wire it. Depending on what you want to do it could be very convenient, or unworkably kludgy, just depending on what you expect it to do, how you want to work.

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thecontrolcentre
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23823 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Re: Connecting/daisy chaining multiple mixers

Post Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:43 am

I have 2 submixers connected to my main mixer ... one connects to a stereo channel, the other to an fx return. I've not noticed any noise problems.

K-Bee
KVRAF
2138 posts since 9 Mar, 2009 from Copenhagen, Denmark

Re: Connecting/daisy chaining multiple mixers

Post Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:41 am

Do you use the mon/FX busses much?
Not at all :)

Looks like I'm gonna go with submixing then 8)

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