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PreSonus 24.4.2 AI - Using a Patchbay with Outboard Gear

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asked Oct 9 in AR Hybrid USB Mixers by wyattlowe (120 points)
Hello, I am trying to figure out if I should buy this 24.4.2 AI mixer or not based on it's compatibility with using a patchbay and outboard gear.

I am looking to be able to send my outputs from ProTools 12 back onto the console to use it essentially as a "summing mixer" or to create a mixdown. However, I have a handful of outboard gear and EQs I would like then to run the tracks through.

Would I use the insert input on each channel to run into a patchbay where I can patch the compression or EQ through, and then route (using a "Send" or "return") it back into the PreSonus? Where does the "return" sound go to, the AUX input? I am just trying to figure out the best way to use this mixer with my patchbays and my outboard gear to do a mixdown on the console and to then send back to Pro Tools for print. Thanks!

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