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AFL (After Fade Listen) is used in mixing boards to override the normal monitoring path in order to monitor a specific signal at a predefined point in the mixer. Unlike PFL (see WFTD archive “Pre-Fade Listen“), the AFL signal by definition is taken after the fader of a channel or group buss such that the level of the fader will affect the level heard in the AFL monitor circuit. AFL is sometimes also taken after the pan pot which also allows the engineer to monitor the signal with the pan position as it is in the mix. AFL is a handy way to monitor a small group of related instruments by themselves with all of their eq, level, and pan information reproduced as it is in the overall mix. An AFL circuit that includes pan information is often called “solo” (see WFTD archive “solo“) or “solo in place” depending upon who builds the mixer.

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