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Split DAW Output and Monitor Mic-line Mix

Computer: 2018 15" MacBook Pro
DAW: Mainstage 3.4.2
OS: macOS 10.14.4

I just recently purchased the M-Audio M-Track 2x2 audio interface for live performance. I also have a new pair of in-ear monitors to eliminate stage noise. I am curious if there is a way to have the monitor mix from the sound board coming back into my audio interface but not get sent back out to the main speakers.

Last night, I plugged an XLR from the mixing board for my monitor mix that I hear through my IEM. I also have my DAW plugged into the audio interface via USB-C. This is sending my signal to the main speakers. However, the signal being sent back to the main speakers also included the monitor mix that was coming in via XLR.

Does this make sense? And is there a way to split those two signals so that my DAW sound is the ONLY sound that goes to the mains. And the monitor mix coming in XLR goes directly to my headphones.

Thank you,
Bobby
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  • Eliza (Official Rep) April 15, 2019 14:51
    Hey Bobby,

    Thanks for posting!

    At least two stereo pair outputs are required to setup a cue mix for independent monitoring from your headphones. The M-Track 2x2 has one stereo output (1,2) that sends an identical signal to the Main and Headphone Outputs. It is not possible to bus specific input signals to the Main or Headphone Outputs because your DAW sees them both as Output 1,2.

    To do this, you would need an audio interface with Outputs 3,4, like the M-TRACK 8x4. That would give you the ability to route a separate cue mix directly to Output 3,4 for playback in the headphones.

    Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions.
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