KALX Live Recording Production and Air signal simultaneously

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  Here's a new process that we're employing in KALX Live to simultaneously record the air signal and production studio signal. This way we end up with a version of what actually went over the air, including the interview and any DJ/band conversation, as well as a clean studio version to use to make the edited archive CD.
 We'll use the air signal version as our "backup" CD.
 The majority of the time, the band wants this version of the recording instead of the production signal.
 h1. Process
 Using the patch panel located in the rack with the CD players :
 * Connect a stereo patch cable from the "Air Tuner" output to the "Orban In" input
 * Connect a stereo patch cable from the "Orban Out" output to the "Digital Audio Workstation In 7/8" input
 NOTE : The input plugs on the patch panel are the upper horizontal sequence of plugs in each of the 3 pairs of horizontal sets. The output plugs are the lower horizontal sequence. The following is a diagram of the patch panel to clarify. The "I" characters indicate input plugs and the "O" characters indicate output plugs.
 I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I
 O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O
 I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I
 O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O
 I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I
 O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O
 Once you're hooked up the 2 patch cables, you'll need to associate the air signal and the production signal to 2 separate "tracks" in your protools session.
 * In ProTools, after creating your session with "File... New Session...", create 2 tracks by going to "File... New Track..."
 * Create 2 new "Stereo" tracks.
 * Once you can see the 2 new tracks that you've created in the "Edit" window, you'll need to set the input interfaces for each track. The first track will most likely be correct by default. In the "I/O" column of the track you'll see 2 buttons that say either "#1/1-2|88824" or "A1-2". These are two ways to indicate the same thing. The upper button is the inputer interface and the lower button is the output interface.
 * Set the first track's input interface to either "#1/1-2|88824" or "A1-2", whichever is an option. You can leave the output button alone.
 * Set the second track's input interface to "#1/7-8|88824" or "A7-8", whichever is an option. You can leave the output button alone.
 * Press the "R" button on the second track to put it in record mode. If you've set everything up correctly you should see the air signal coming in and showing up on the VU meters for that track in ProTools. Use the left and right volume controls on the Orban Graphic Equalizer to set the level going into the computer. Use the VU meters on the track in ProTools as a guide to set the levels.