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Split monitoring

A post by David Mellor
Sunday June 08, 2003
Description and application of split monitoring in mixing consoles.
Split monitoring

A recording console has two types of signal source. One is from the microphone and line inputs. The other is from the already-recorded signals on the multitrack tape. To record overdubs, these must be mixed together for the monitor mix and headphone foldback.

A split monitoring console has a number of input channels, plus a number of monitor channels with reduced facilities.

Since a simple monitor mix is often all that is necessary, the monitor section of a split console will typically offer only level and pan controls. PFL is handy too.

Although the split monitoring console is now considered old-fashioned, there are still such consoles in day-to-day use. The concept is still valid and we may see a return to split monitoring consoles in the future.

Also, an understanding of split monitoring helps make it clear why current consoles use the alternative inline monitoring.

A post by David Mellor
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