I've recently bought a small mixer (YAMAHA MG102C) for my semi-complex routing needs and have trouble incorporating it in my current setup. The mixer works flawlessly but when the time comes for recording the sound I cannot find a reasonable way to connect the mixer to my sound card (E-MU Tracker Pre).
There is an obvious output, but I need a good explanation why it was made like that...
So, there are basically 5 ways to get sound out of the mixer:
- stereo outs
This produces noise when recording, but works fine when connected to an amp > speakers.
- monitor outs
Same as above, and I need it for my monitors anyway
I don't think I should be recording off here, and I need it for my phones
This is a single mono line, what the... why would I even need that?
- rec out
This looks like the right one to use but I have a few problems with that:
First off, why RCA? These cables are unbalanced and are thinner than a TS line == more prone to picking up noise. On top of that, unlike the +4dBu (~1.8dBV) lines on other outs, this thing is -10dBV which results in almost 12dBV difference in signal level while the noise floor stays the same. Shouldn't the recording signal be of top quality and be given more priority than the other outs?
What would be the correct way to connect the mixer to my sound-card for the best recording quality?