Proper patching to record to USB Stick

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    Ron
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    I’m at wits end trying to record a single stereo channel to my SQ formatted USB stick. None of the patches I have made work. Occasionally there might be an extremely weak signal that gets recorded but has to be boosted severely in order to hear even on headphones. I am using two condenser mics (48V is on) hanging in front of the stage connected to Local inputs 7 & 8. I have turned off inputs 7 & 8 to the mains, sub, monitors, etc. None of the various patching schemes I have tried in the USB tab are working. Can anyone suggest proper patching for recording and playback to accomplish this? I would rather a Wet signal but will accept a Dry signal if that is all I can get. I have read the manual and watched the tutorials – several times! What am I missing??? HELP!

    #113060
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    Brent H.
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    How are you patching it? Direct out? Tie line? I assume your gain structure (preamp) has the level to a good/healthy level?

    #113061
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    Ron
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    I have tried both Tie Lines and Direct Outputs and tried so many different configurations of patching that I cannot remember exactly what I have done! Not a very good scientific way of going about it. Gain structure is pretty high. If I were to add the channels to the Mains it would blow them out. I do get confused by the Inputs and Outputs screens on the USB tab.

    One scenario: On the Outputs/IP Direct Outputs tabs I click on 7 & 8 to USB channel 1 & 2. On the Inputs/Input Channels tab I connect 7 & 8 to input sockets 1 & 2. I know this is one of the patches I tried.

    There is something I am not understanding about this SQ patching and it really has me stymied!

    PS: I have tried recording to USB stick, From USB B to Computer, from Local Outputs A and B to computer. Nothing…

    #113063
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    Tobi
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    This will record whatever goes through your Channels 7/8 to SQ Drive Stereo.

    Best Regards,
    Tobias

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    #113065
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    Tobi
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    Have you checked in the Routing tab the configuration of your Direct Outs?

    #113069
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    Ron
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    Thanks for the replies. I am away from the desk today but will try this patching and check configuration tomorrow.

    #113073
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    Ron
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    Got on the desk this afternoon and with your comments was able to get the recording working. Many thanks to you both!

    #113098
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    KeithJ A&H
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    @ron

    Glad to hear the patching is now sorted 🙂
    Regarding the levels, this article should be useful – https://support.allen-heath.com/hc/en-gb/articles/4403616287889-General-Qu-SQ-Levels-and-Metering-in-Qu-and-SQ

    In short, 0dB on the meters = +4dBu on line outputs = -18dBFS internally and on digital outputs

    Cheers,
    Keith.

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