Hi, I am new to this forum. I joined because I have questions about using my Behringer Xenyx 1622FX mixing board. I am a singer, not a sound engineer, and I found the user manual for my mixer to be too advanced for me! In spite of my limited experience and knowledge, I managed to get the board hooked up and do a basic mix and sent the mix out to my computer to make a recording which I transferred to CD. I want to do some more recording and I have a few problems, so now I want to understand my mixer better so I can fix some of these issues.
I found the book "Basic Mixers" by Paul White and am starting to go through that. I would be interested in knowing what others might recommend as a good place to start to learn about understanding and operating a mixer. Is there a book or magazine or website you would recommend?
A specific problem I am working on at the moment is how do I create a mix in the headphones that is different from the main mix. I use headphones to listen to my accompaniment music while I record myself singing, and to get the sound to balance on my computer I have to turn the music up really loud (I am using an iPod hooked up in the tape in ports). When I turn the music up on the iPod to the volume necessary for it to register on the computer, I can't hear myself singing and I tend to strain my voice to sing over the music. I'd like to be able to send a different mix to the headphones than to the main. I'm wondering if this can be done through the aux sends which I am just learning about. Am I on the right track? (no pun intended) or is there a better option?