I have a mixer that someone gave me, which has a built in USB interface, which introduces a horrible hiss into my computer when recording.
I purchased a Focusrite 6i6 interface, which provides recording capabilities without the horrible hiss that the mixer introduces.
However, I have 3 amps which are miked, along with 2 DI's from FX units, and 2 emulated speaker outputs. All these I had going into my mixer.
Now, I also have my computer which I want to use a set of speakers/subwoofer for playback and listening to music/other stuff on my pc. I also have a pair of powered monitors that I am not sure how or where to hook up.
Here is an inventory of my supplies:
- 18channel Mixer
- Focusrite 6i6 Interface
- Tube-based Poweramp (drives non-powered speakers and subwoofer) [used for the higher quality audiophile type stuff, even though I am not what I would consider an audiophile - yet]
- Yamaha NS-10 non-powered speakers
- Presonus powered monitors
- 3 amps which are miked
- 2 fx units which use direct-out
- 2 emulated speaker outputs, one from pedalboard, and one from one of the amps
What I want to accomplish
I would 'ideally' like to be able to play music/games/movies through the Yamaha speakers, which also goes to the subwoofer. I would like to also be able to record things through the mixer, and route that through the Focusrite into the computer. I also have the scenario where I would like to be able to playback a pre-recorded track on my PC to add other 'live' tracks to. If I can enable or disable that backing track from being added to the main recorded sample, that would be great too.
The trouble is, I do not know where to send the signal from my PC to, be it the 1/8" lineout from PC to mixer or focusrite, or directly via USB to the Focusrite and out to the mixer! The mixer has tons of knobs and buttons, and I only know what a handful of them do. I have tried reading the manuals associated but it usually doesn't end well in practice.
The Mixer has Main Mix sliders, control room outs, main outs, monitor sends, fx returns, and the likes. It also has RCA in/out too.
I am a total newbie when it comes to pro-sound like this, and I know I am probably asking a lot with this. I just do not know where to start.