Have an upcoming meeting to record sound for where I will be using my SD552 AES outputs into the 744T. We will be using four mics and want all four recorded separately, that's the reason for using the 744T. But I've never used the 744T before and I'm still learning on my 552.
I think I'd want to monitor each mic separately as well as combined, but at what point? On the 552 headphone output or the 744T output?
I probably should know the answer, that it doesn't really matter where I monitor, but maybe there is a correct way to do this.
I do not have a 744 so I can't provide specific routings, etc., but the general rule of thumb is to monitor at the end of the chain. In this case, that would be the 744. This way you know that the signal is making it all the way to the end of the line. I assume the 744 has a way to solo each track for monitoring purposes? You can also plug into the headphone out of the 552 occasionally if you want to check what is going on there.
Typically you would use the 552 Direct Outputs from the 4 Mic Inputs to connect to the 744T line inputs. You will need 2 regular XLR cables and 2 XLR to TA3 cables to do this.
You can set gain and fader levels on the 552 but only the gain (trim) level affects what goes out of the 552 into the 744T. The 552 channels' Gain, HPF, and Limiters are in the Direct Output signal chain, the Fader is not. The inputs on the 744T would be set to 0 dB line level. Best to connect up the channels and turn on tone at the 552 and set the 744T input levels so 552 out on meter at -20 dB equals 0 dB on the 744T meter. On the 744T Input 1 and 2 turn off 48v, HPF, and limiters as that will be handled by the 552. The 744T will record ISO tracks only, no mix track as there are only 4 tracks on the 744T. You can run a mix out of the 552 L and R XLR outputs to a camera if you want.
You should monitor the ISO's from the 744T using the HP monitor knob settings (and you may need to set up A,A B,B C,C and D,D settings on the HP settings menu). You would monitor a mix (if you do one) from the 552 HP out.