How To Use Solo on DL32R Mixer
We’ve had our Mackie DL32R Mixer for how long now? (nearly 2 years!) And I’ve never bothered to figure out why the Solo channel controls weren’t working as I expected. When I solo a channel, its Solo button turns yellow, and the yellow all-caps SOLO indicator shows up in the top right quick access panel button. But, I don’t hear the channel solo in the audio outputs. Why not?
We don’t really need to use Solo during a gig. But at soundcheck, it sure would be nice! We like to record our soundcheck and then stand out front while playing it back to adjust the mix. Being able to solo a channel would be helpful when dialing in EQ setings, etc.
The idea is that the sound guy in the back can use these solo buttons during a performance to check on a particular channel, without affecting the main front of house mix. Makes sense. Except my band has no sound guy! 🙂 And we don’t use the Monitor L/R outputs- we just use the Main L/R mix connected to XLR outputs 13 and 14.
Well, as with most things on the super-flexible DL32R, there is a way! The answer is in the I/O Patch window on the Output tab.
They’re still connected to AES 1/2, which is fine.
Now, our front of house is actually listening to the Monitor L/R signal from XLR 13/14.
Just gotta be careful not to bump a Solo button mid-set 🙂
I set it to AFL (after-fader-listen) so that the fader still works when solo’d. If you set it to PFL (pre-fader-listen), then when you solo a channel, the audio will be full-volume and probably tear your freakin head off.
Moral of the story: RTFM!
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