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I own a Mackie CFX20. It isn't the MKII. The effects are very weak, and they buzz a little when you try to use them. How can I fix them, and is a service manual available?

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I would spend some time with contact cleaner, apply it to the switch contacts of any 1/4 inch jacks, and all of the connectors to the effects boards- it will entail some disassembly. Check all chassis ground connections you may have one that is a bit loose, broken, or corroded.

The Mackie support downloads for manuals has 2 sections- you needed to look at the top at the "discontinued products" Where these are.

http://www.mackie.com/support/downloads/discontinued.html

http://www.mackie.com/pdf/cfx_om.pdf
http://www.mackie.com/pdf/cfxseries_ss.pdf
http://www.mackie.com/pdf/cfxseries_hu.pdf

http://www.mackie.com/de/pdf/CFXSeries_OM_German.pdf

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SOURCE: have a mackie cfx20 and i'm only geting signal on rightside

Make sure the PAN knobs are centered...

Also you can do a lot of troubleshooting with headphones in monitor jacks, etc.

Remember to use BALANCED lines out of the mixer which are either XLR or TRS type cables.

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Here is the complete service manual:

http://elektrotanya.com/mackie_cfx20_sm.pdf/download.html

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