This guide will talk you through connecting a microphone in the live room to the mixing console in the control room, setting a suitable gain structure, monitoring the incoming microphone signal via Mix Bus A, and recording the microphone signal via the channel direct output on the mixing console into Pro Tools
1. Enter the live room and connect a microphone to XLR socket 1 on the stage box.
1. Go into the control room and on the XLR patchbay use an XLR patch lead to connect ‘From GR Live Room - 1′ to ‘SSL XL Mic Inputs - 1′. This connects the microphone from the socket on the stage box in the live room to the mixing desk’s mic input 1 which appears on Channel 1.
1. On the SSL channel you are using, ensure none of the DAW, 500, Phase or Insert buttons are pressed in.
2. If the microphone requires phantom power (i.e. a condenser microphone) turn it on with the phantom power switch at the top of the channel you are using.
Always switch phantom power on after connecting microphones and off before disconnecting.
3. Ensure the master volume on the SSL XL Console is turned down, then on the bantam patchbay connect ‘Monitor Out’ L+R to ‘Monitor’ L+R using a Bantam patch cable.
4. Ensure the mix bus ‘A’ button is pressed in on the channel you are using.
5. Push the channel fader up to 0dB.
6. Use the gain control at the top of the channel strip to adjust the incoming mic signal.
7. As mix bus A is selected, you will see the incoming level on the Mix A VU meter in the master section of the desk.
8. If the signal is too ‘hot’ (peaking on the level meter), push the pad button at the top of the channel strip to decrease the level.
8. Once you have set the gain level, ensure the ‘CHOP Post’ button is not pressed in. This results in the fader not affecting the level being sent to Pro Tools.
Hearing the Incoming Mic Signal:
1. In the master section of the SSL XL Console, ensure Mix A is selected as the Monitor Source.
2. To hear the incoming mic, gradually increase the Bus A fader to ‘0’, then adjust the ‘Monitor volume’ to a comfortable monitoring level.
1. In Pro Tools, arm the track labeled ‘Audio 1′ by clicking on the circular ‘record enable’ button — it will flash red to indicate it is armed for recording.
2. Press ‘Record’ on the transport bar — it will also flash red.
3. Press ‘Play’ on the transport bar whilst ‘record’ is also selected and you will see and hear your audio being recorded.
To stop recording press the ‘Stop’ button on the transport bar.