Touring the MD8
GROUP ASSIGN switches
These switches are used to assign (i.e., send) the input channel signal to groups. They work
in conjunction with the PAN control. For example, with GROUP ASSIGN switch [1–2] ON
and the PAN control set midway, the channel signal is sent equally to Groups 1 and 2. With
the PAN control turned fully counterclockwise (L/ODD), however, the channel signal is sent
only to Group 1. Likewise, when it is set fully clockwise, the signal is sent only to Group 2.
The same principle applies to GROUP ASSIGN switch [3–4]. Note that input channel signals
are always sent to the Stereo bus regardless of the GROUP ASSIGN switch settings.
This rotary control has two functions: For recording it's used in conjunction with the
GROUP ASSIGN switches to assign the input channel signal to even and odd numbered
groups. For mixdown it's used to pan (i.e., position) the signal in the stereo mix.
This fader has two functions: For recording it's used to adjust the level of the input channel
signal that's recorded to a track. For mixdown it's used to balance the input channel signal
relative to the other input channel signals. For optimum performance, faders should be posi-
tioned about the 7–8 mark.