Maybe I've missed it in the manual, but is there a way to separately adjust levels for the summed L/R tracks? The individual component track levels are fine, but the summed stereo L/R tracks are recorded way too hot. I grant that the summed L/R tracks are unnecessary since I will do my own matrix in post, but it would be kind of nice just to hear them on the fly.
On page 72 of the manual... In the F8 menu choose...
Output > headphone > headphone routing
When you see the grid, toggle so the red triangle is in the upper left under the L column on the first line. Then toggle so the red triangle is in the lower right under the R column in the second line. Finally continue to toggle on this same screen to set these up as being post fader in the boxes below the grid.
Lock that selection in by pressing the big black knob.
Now go back to the home screen and rotate the big black knob until you get the mixer screen which shows all eight channels. This is the screen similar to page 10 in the manual. (It doesn't look exactly the same as the manual anymore bc of a firmware update.)
Press the big black knob. Now toggle through each channel to set your monitoring details for what you hear in your headphones. Each channel has a pan and level control so you can send whatever you want into the headphones. Remember this is a mixer so you're mixing all of the active channels to the summed l and r output, which youre monitoring through your phones.
So let's say you have four mics flying and they're connected to channels 1 through 4. By monitoring l and r post fader, you can listen to any combination of inputs however you want to on the headphones. Here's what I'd do with four mics...Pan mics 1/3 all the way to the left and 2/4 all the way right. Now if you want to hear what the 1/2 pair sounds like, raise the level of 1/2 and lower the level of 3/4 pair to zero using the individual channel sliders on the mixer controls. If you want to monitor the 3/4 pair raise their level and drop the level of channels 1/2 to zero. Then pay around with the ratio of each to get a feel for whether the combo sounds better than each pair by itself. Once you've figured out which sounds best, make a note of it and replicate that in post.
Another use is simply to use the monitor to boost the monitoring volume during the show so you can hear better what you're recording. So say your inputs are set at -12db and you can't hear through the headphones all that well, just crank the post fader monitor level...i think you can add up to 12db. I do this all the time.
I love the monitoring capabilities of the f8. I do wish the headphone amp was better quality but it does the job for what I need it to do.
Thanks! Let me give that a whirl. I did not consider that the mixing function would control the recording level for the L/R tracks. I have used it for the headphones to monitor the different channels, but not to control the levels of the recorded mixed tracks.
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