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Creating a Headphone Mix

Unless you are doing live classical recording, you will almost always need to set up a cue mix, which is routed to the headphones so the performers can hear themselves along with any existing tracks. Although it's sometimes sufficient to have them listen to exactly what is coming through your monitors, it's a good idea to have a separate headphone mix. Two of the many reasons you might choose to do this are that it allows you to change the balance of parts the performers are hearing without affecting your mix and it allows you to change the volume of their mix independently of yours. We ordinarily accomplish this by using a send.

Creating an Interface Send

A send creates an exact copy of the audio running through a track. By sending this copy to the headphones, you create the cue mix. Once you have sent the copy, you can use a bus to modify it as needed. We'll start by creating a simple headphone mix that redirects the signal straight out your interface.


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