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Where on a 16:2 allen heath wizard would you hook up a 482i sonic maximizer?

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The answer all depends on what you want to achieve.

  • If you just want to enhance the sound of 1 or 2 instruments / voices you could take a signal out from an individual channel on your mixer using the direct out and insert jack sockets on that channel however this may make it difficult to control in conjunction with teh E.Q. controls on that channel as the Sonic Enhancer would be pre-fade and pre E.Q.
  • Alternatively you could send several mixer channels of your choice through the Sonic by using one of the sub-mix outputs to give a feed to the Sonic, returning it to the main mix either via a couple of spare channels, or the paired stereo inputs that are only routed to the main outputs.
  • Thirdly you could use one of the auxiliary sends to allocate different levels of signal from any number of channels to the Sonic. These are normally used to supply a separate mix to on-stage fold-back systems, monitors etc. Here I would use one of the 2 post fade ones rather than the pre-fade - to avoid negating what you have set on the main mixer e-q (tone controls)/. One advantage of this option is that it allows you to only enhance part of the signal from a particular channel and to allow part to bypass the Sonic without enhancement. I think that this would be my preferred option unless all the auxiliary feeds are needed for other purposes.
  • Lastly you could just put the Sonic on the main outputs of the mixer. This would mean that the same level of enhancement would be applied to the whole mix. As the Sonic Enhancer only has unbalanced (mono) jack sockets this later option does reduce the likelihood of you introducing unwanted radio interference to the system, compared to putting it at an earlier stage in the mix because, as the Sonic is unbalanced, everything else after it in the mix chain will also be unbalanced.

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