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Old 10-25-2023, 08:46 AM
maximumimpactmedia maximumimpactmedia is offline
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Default Signal path, headphones or record first

My question is to avoid latency in the headphone monitoring during recording.

I have an Allen and Heath ZED428 board for headphone monitoring since a client said that he had a slight latency in his head phone mix which came from the Command8 interface attached to the hd/tdm computer.*

I had two 96x16 io interfaces which were stolen so I bought two 192 8x16x8 io interfaces on Reverb.

Now that I am rebuilding my system, which option would you recommend? I would to get an opinion.

Do I record to PT first or get the headphone mix and then record?

Option1: record to pt then out to headphone
16ch Mics to
16 mic pres to
192interface-16ch in to
protools software to
192 16ch out to
ZED428 line in ch 1-16 to
furman 5 station (via ethernet cables) personal headphone monitoring system via aux send on ZED428

​​​​​​​Option 2: headphone first then out to 192 interface via inserts on ZED428
Mics to
mic pres to
ZED428 line in to
furman 5 station (via ethernet cables) personal headphone monitoring system via aux send on ZED428
ZED428 direct out channels 1-16 to
192 ch1-16 interface in to
protools software to
192 ch 1-16 interface out to
Mackie 1604 mixer to CR monitors (if necessary since I have a command8 console to connect to monitors. Otherwise IDK what to do with any outs)

the ZED 428 has
Direct Output Socket
Standard 1/4” (6.25mm) Jack socket. Wired Tip=Hot(+),
Ring=cold (-), Sleeve=Chassis. For recording individual channels,
factory default is prefade signal (post mute).
The nominal level is 0dBu and the output is impedance balanced.

Last edited by maximumimpactmedia; 10-26-2023 at 01:47 PM.
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