Mix down, Input select switches, Aux send controls – Yamaha MT120S User Manual

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Mixdown is the last stage in the recording process at which time you can blend and polish the sounds to create the final

A “MIX” is created by finely balancing the four tracks to achieve just the right sound. This final balance is achieved using

MT 120S’s mixer section and is re-recorded onto a conventional stereo tape deck. Tracks can be faded in or out as required,

and refinements such as overall reverberation or equalization can be added using external signal processing equipment and
MT120S’s 5-band on-board GRAPHIC EQUALIZER. The mixer’s PAN controls can be used to position each track at their
appropriate location In the stereo image, and you may even want to move or PAN a sound from one channel to the other to
create a dramatic effect.

Here’s how your system should be set up:


Make sure that all four INPUT SELECT switches are set

to TAPE.

•Input Faders

Set all channels to “0” (minimum).


Set all REC SELECT Switches to OFF.

•AUX SEND Controls

Set all four AUX SEND controls to MIN for the time


Switch this OFF for the time being.

•PAN Controls

Start with all PAN controls set to center.


Set to about "7” or “8” on the scale.

•A UX RETURN Control

Set to MIN for the time being.


You will want to monitor the same signal which appears

at the STEREO OUT jacks, so set this switch to STEREO.

We recommend using an external sound system or a

pair of powered monitor speakers (such as the YAMAHA

1^ MS101 Monitor Speaker) for mixdown.

• MONITOR Controls

Set all MONITOR controls fully counter-clockwise.

• METER Switch


•dbx Switch

if you started recording with the dbx switch set to ON,

leave it there. If OFF, it should stay OFF.

1. Sit in a comfortable, central position in front of your

monitor speakers.

2. Listen to, evaluate, and adjust the sound of each track

individually. This simply means raising the fader of a

single track, adding effects or other signal processing
as required, then repeating the process on the next

track until all tracks have been carefully checked. MT 120S’s

5-band GRAPHIC EQUALIZER can be used to add or
subtract high, mid, and low frequency components from

the overall mix, creating a more exciting and coherent

marriage of the tracks. If you have an external signal
processing device such as the YAMAHA EMP100 Multi­
effect Processor connected into the MT120S’s AUX SEND/

RETURN loop as described in the following section

matter to select the desired effect on your signal processor
and add the required amount of effect to each track
using the AUX SEND controls. The AUX RETURN con­

trol must also be set to an qppropriate level.

3. When all tracks have been individually checked, bring

all input faders up to about “7” or “8” on the scale and
play back the tape. Adjust the faders for the best overall’
balance. Now adjust the PAN controls to place each

track at the desired location in the stereo sound field.

Now listen carefully — too much or too little reverb on

any track? Readjust the AUX SEND controls to achieve

the desired effect. Balance not quite right? Keep readjusting

until you are satisfied. You should also rehearse any

fades or pans you plan to do while actually recording

the mix.

4. When you’re sure everything is ready, prepare to actu­

ally record the mix. Connect the MT120S STEREO OUT

jacks to the inputs of a stereo cassette recorder. Plug

your monitor headphones into the stereo cassette deck

phones jack if you want to listen as you record the mix,

or simply leave them connected to the MT 120S PHONES

jack and listen with the MONITOR SELECT switch set

to STEREO. Use the stereo cassette deck record level
control(s) and, if necessary, the MT120S MASTER fader
to set the optimum record level, then go ahead and

record. The MT120S MASTER fader can also be used

to add a slow fade at the end of the piece.