I have a Mackie Mix 5 mixer. I was going to connect the Main Outs to powered EV PA speakers. Can I connect the Tape Out to powered monitor speakers?
From the Manual:
Main Out: These 1/4" TRS balanced/unbalanced outputs feed the main mix out into the world. You may feed the amplifiers or powered speakers this way.
Tape out: Unbalanced RCA connections tap the main mix output to make simultaneous recording and PA work more convenient. Connect these to your laptop or standalone recorder's inputs.
Since the tape out is unbalanced i would keep the cables as short as possible.
The Mix 8 has a CR out, or control room out that would also work for this purpose..