I'm looking for ways to record 8 channels of sound to a DAW while passing the 8 channels along to the sound guy. The Behringer XR18 has been reccommended to me but I don't want to buy it until I know it will work.

At this point reading manuals I can't figure out how to route 8 channels from the 8 inputs to 8 outputs for the sound guy while recording 8 channels to a laptop DAW through the USB. Is this even possible? I'd like to leave the sound guy completely responsible for FOH and unpowered wedge monitors at this point.

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    Does the mixer have 8 outputs on TRS or XLR jacks? Another way to do this is to get an 8 channel XLR splitter and then any interface you want. – Todd Wilcox Jun 25 '19 at 22:39
  • @ToddWilcox it's got 6 aux outputs and main L R outputs. – pro Jun 26 '19 at 3:22

Yes, it is possible to use the XR18 as a breakout box. I just got some info from a live sound engineer.

All the XR18 sockets except for power are on the front face. enter image description here

Use a mixer app like Mixing Station X Air Pro.

The routing for each XLR output "Aux 1-6 and Main L-R" contains an option for Source and a drop down menu something like:

  1. Input
  2. Pre-EQ
  3. Post-EQ
  4. Pre-Fader
  5. Post-Fader

To send a channel signal through (just like a DI box):

  • Use the Output channels Aux 1-6 and Main L-R
  • For each input channel 1 and each output channel, for example 1: in Aux 1, select Channel 1 for source, and select Input from the drop down, thus grabbing the line in audio on that channel before any further processing or sends to recording.
  • Then assign Channel 1 to USB channel 1 for recording that channel on your DAW on the laptop.
  • Then configure your DAW to accept the USB channel. My DAW is going to be Reaper

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