Recording & Mixing Techniques
The AUX SENDs 1 and 2 allow you to connect external effects processors and apply effects
to MD8 signals. Effects can be applied when recording tracks, using ping-pong, or during
mixdown. Typically, reverb and delay type effects, which are often applied to several sounds
in a mix, are used with this type of connection.
The input channel AUX controls are used to send signals to the effects processors. The pro-
cessed signal is returned to the MD8 through LINE INPUTs 9–10 and 11–12 and mixed with
the original, unprocessed signal to achieve a balance before being recorded to an MD8 track,
or the master recorder during mixdown.
The signal for the AUX controls is sourced post-fader. So as well as turn up the AUX 1 and/or
2 control, you must also raise the fader. This has the advantage that the effect depth of a chan-
nel depends on the level of the unprocessed signal that is controlled by the fader. So when
you fade out a channel, the signal from the effects processor fades too.
1. Connect an MD8 AUX SEND jack to the external effects processor's input.
2. Connect the processor's stereo outputs to the MD8's LINE INPUTs 9–10
The odd channel's signal (9 or 11) is fed to the Left Stereo bus and Groups 1 and 3. The even
channel's signal (10 or 12) is fed to the Right Stereo bus and Groups 2 and 4. So if you want
to send the processed signal to both the left and right channels during mixdown, or both
odd and even groups when recording tracks, you must connect it to both jacks of a pair (i.e.,
9 and 10, or 11 and 12).
The following illustration shows how to connect an external effects processor to the MD8.
Other equipment has been removed for clarity.
Applying Effects at Mixdown
1. To send a signal to an effects processor, set the input channel fader to
the 7–8 mark and turn up an AUX control.
The input channel signal is sent to the effects processor and the Stereo bus.
2. Set the effects processor as required.
3. To mix the processed signal back into the stereo mix, turn up the [9–10]
and/or [11–12] level controls.
Use these controls to balance the processed signal with the dry, unprocessed signal that is
coming directly from the input channel. Use the input channel fader to adjust the level of
the unprocessed signal.
You can apply the same effect to other channels using the corresponding AUX controls.
Effects processor 2
Effects processor 1
TRACK DIRECT OUT
1: GMD 2: HOT 3: COLD