I wrote about my mixer some time ago, and you might wonder how it’s connected and how recording is done.
There are several options to route the signal flow of the Mackie 1202VLZ4, although my setup is kind of generic and should work for many different rigs. It goes like this: The DAW connects to the audio interface via USB, with communication in both directions. The audio interface, through stereo outs, connects to left and right audio ins of the monitor speakers. The main stereo outs of the mixer routes to the audio interface via line in pair. All instruments and mic go to different line ins of the mixer.
DAW > Audio interface > Monitor speakers
DAW < Audio interface < Mixer < Instruments and mic
In this setup, the main stereo out of the mixer is routed to the line in pair of the audio interface, and the monitor speakers are connected to the stereo output of the audio interface.
If you prefer to have all audio signals (software and hardware) going through the 1202VLZ4 mixer, you should be able to connect the XLR main outs to the monitor speakers, and route the TRS second main outs back to the line in pair of the audio interface. Also, on the 1202VLZ4, there are control room outs with selectable source (main mix, alt 3-4 stereo bus, soloed channels, or the tape input) that you can use to route to the line in pair of the audio interface.
Generally when recording in a DAW, you just create an audio track, and select line in of the audio interface as audio input. You can choose to record in stereo or mono. Don’t record too hot, keep some headroom.
Sometimes I miss being able to record to several audio tracks simultaneously (multichannel recording). Although with Overbridge (Elektron’s integration software) the Analog Four – which only has a stereo output – can now output all four tracks individually to Ableton Live. In that way it can function as a multi-tracking USB sound card of sorts.