Discuss Studio 2|4, 2|6, 6|8, 18|10, and 18|24 USB 2.0 Interfaces Here
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I got an 1824c recently, and I'm totally new to recording, mixing, DAWs and all of it. Can someone explain the primary purpose of the "main" output? I see a giant knob to control its level, and presumably the dedicated mute button applies to it as well, but none of that has any effect on what I'm actually hearing through the headphones. What is the philosophy behind "main" and it being different from what goes to the headphones? What do people normally hook up to the main outputs on the back?

As background, I'm using my setup to record drums.
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by SwitchBack on Thu Aug 27, 2020 9:42 am
Hi and welcome to these forums :)

Quick answer: the (powered) main speakers.
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by charlesmcdowell1 on Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:31 am
Thanks. But why would the main speakers want to have different audio from the headphones? Is it to provide a custom mix to a performer or something like that?

StudioOne 5.1 w/ PreSonus 1824c
Recording Drums with 7 mic inputs
Computer: Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core, MSI-7390A Pro, 32 GB DDR4-2666, Samsung 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive, EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB Black Video Card

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