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What could be causing a strange static sounding noise in the headphones only when pressing PFL on any channel.


The "PFL" Stands fo r"Pre Fader Level". Just in case you did not realize. so when you press the "PFL" button , and the red light goes out?, You're saying that the hissing goes away and that you have clarity. Yes? and the volume presents no issues? Also correct? Part of that simply, is with the PFL in the on position. You are engaging the fader for one, which will add to an already boosted signal ( the the fader is turned Up?). also you may have your Clip set incorrectly. to set this you turn PFL off, then at your signal input level Dial (usually at the very top in-line with your fader. _ set the volume on your device, then input clip level on the board \ to where the clip light comes on. not a steady light, but a blinking light so make it steady, then back it off a hair. Okay? this whole time make sure your mains are down. or off at the faders. Once clip is set., PFL is in off position, gradually turn your mains up to level. Now, the PFL is for when you have more than one signal. say from an instrument on another channel. unless you have that? No need to use the PFL. If you do have an instrument in line,. then, before you turn PFL on,make sure that your fader on that channel is turned off. -turn on your PFL, then gradually bring that to level. never messing with the mains level.

I know that is a lot of info. but it is a process. that should eliminate any hissing you may have heard.
Good luck!!
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Feb 23, 2016 | Allen & Heath AH ZED 12FX 12 Channel Mixer...

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Clipping always lit


  1. Make sure nothing is plugged in.
  2. Turn the GAIN, LEVEL, and FX knobs for each channel, counter-clockwise all the way.
  3. Bring the MAIN fader all the way down.
If the signal LED's above the MAIN fader are still lit, then the board most likely has a short in it and will require repair.

If the signal LED's are dark, repeat the following on each channel...

  1. Rotate GAIN clockwise until the mark on the knob is at "12 oclock".
  2. Rotate LEVEL clockwise until the mark on the knob is at "3 oclock"
  3. Raise the MAIN fader to "0".
  4. Check LED's - if they light up then the channel you are working on is "noisy" or has a short in it.
  5. Return GAIN, LEVEL, and MAIN to "all off".
  6. Repeat with next channel.

Jan 25, 2014 | Behringer Xenyx 1202fx Mixer 12 Input 2...

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Bass audio gets fuzzie once ans while, heat sinks seem warmer that normal


You MAY be driving it too hard. If you are sending large bass pulses like from a drum machine to this, it may be overdriven. Check if the clip light is coming on. If it is coming on, back down the volume. If you can't live with the volume at a level that doesn't clip, then you need to get a bigger speaker. This is a 12 inch which is really not suitable for running drums through. Good for vocals and some instruments. When you run up to clipping level the gain is cut in the electronics to protect the unit and that results in a distortion or fuzzie sounds.

May 09, 2011 | ElectroVoice SXA100 Plus Powered PA...

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My JBL PRX 635 Speakers at all event shuts off during high volume ( No Red Light ) Very Embarrassing during the dance is packed. Volume is always set at one single yellow peak from the mixer and just...


Sounds like you're over driving them. First check to make sure they're on "line level" not mic. Shutting off is amp(s) in speakers going into "thermal shutdown" IE: overheating. According to your description level settings look good - check to make sure speakers are on LINE LEVEL

Apr 12, 2011 | JBL PRX635 Speaker PA Active

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When we are trying to get a reasonable level of sound for vocals before it gets loud enough to be able to hear clearly with the band playing it starts to clip at the speakers now we are only using this set...


Proper level setting of the mixer is important. HOWEVER if the clipping is occuring at the speakers the only possible problem MIGHT be that you have a supersonic feedback that is saturating the speakers above your hearing range, Be sure you don't boost the highs too much with the EQ as this can cause the feedback that you can't hear. Also make sure that you power the speakers from the SAME receptacle as the mixer, even if it means running an extension cord to bring power to the mixer. This is to avoid a low frequency hum and common mode distortion/damage. A low frequency hum could cause the clipping.
It would be a good idea to get a sound meter to check the sound level. You should be able to reach 85 Db from this system without clipping. If you need more than that, you MAY need more speakers if the band instruments are too loud. Also if the band has amps that get into the vocal microphones that adds to the clipping level... make sure the mics don't "hear" the band instruments. Make sure your speakers are toward the audience from the mics to avoid the supersonic feedback problem. If the vocalists can't hear themselves with that configuration you need to set up seperate stage monitors.

There are some pretty good videos on YouTube about proper mixer level setup.

Jan 30, 2011 | Behringer Xenyx X2442USB / Harbinger...

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I AM NEW TO THE COMPRESSION WORLD COULD YOU PLEASE


Compression (not to be confused with data compression such as that used when storing data) is used to reduce the gain automatically when the input level exceeds a certain level. There is usually an attack setup which sets the rate and delay at which the reduction occurs. Use of compression causes distortion of the waveform usually to prevent clipping. It is often used if vocalists go from normal level to yelling and the sound man can't react fast enough to keep the level from going into clipping. When the level exceeds a set level the gain is reduced at a rate the user usually sets.
Think of it as an "automatic volume control" that kicks in to prevent clipping.

Dec 27, 2010 | DBX 266xL Compressor Gate Processor with...

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My mic output is very weak. Music comes out great. I have to set the levels all the way up to get any mic sound and usually there is a lot of clipping. You need to almost scream to get any sound with a...


Thiis amp has plenty of gain for mics. Make sure your mic has a good XLR to XLR cable (balanced) and connects to the XLR input connectors. If you have 1/4 inch jack cables that aren't TRS balanced on the mics, get rid of them and get XLR's.

Then push the PFL button down (LED will light red) for a single channel with a mic and adjust the trim (top knob for the channel) so that the level peaks without clipping on the main LED display when highest input to the mic is being generated. You should not get clipping then during operation.

After that you use the slider tio adjust the level for the mic. The MAIN slider should be at least up around -10 to zero during operation. If your main slider is way down, then you haven't balanced your channels properly. Do the same for each channel as the instructions for the mic above. If the gains of the other inputs are too high and the MAIN slider too low, this is what is causing your problem.

Typically the trims for mics like Shure 58 are about 3 o'clock.

High level guitars may have trims anywhere from 9 to 3 o'clock.

Ideally you will want your channel sliders to be between -10 and zero.

Sep 11, 2010 | Behringer Pmp3000 16 Channel Audio Mixer

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SWR WorkingPro 400 watt head - no sound, Preamp Clip red LED is continually lit, Limiter green LED continually lit - fuse is perfect. It worked for a few minutes, then just stopped.


Since the PA clip is not lit, the problem seems to be up front...

First thing is to look for a bad cable as a broken ground could be putting hum at a clipping level. First thing, test this by unplugging all inputs. If the clipping light goes out, then you have bad cables or a ground loop.

Try sending a line level signal into "Effects return" to test if the power amps are OK.

If the clip light is still on, turn all gain controls down to minimum. If light is still on then take unit for servicing.

May 31, 2010 | SWR WorkingPro 15 200 Watt 1x15" Bass...

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Cliping light comes on at times then makes noise


If it clips, then LIKELY you are driving it too hard.

When it goes into clipping, it truncates the waveforms and will create a disturbing NON musical noise.

Line 6 stuff is NOT noted for reliability, so take it easy and hold the volume below the clipping level. The light coming on means it is protecting itself from overload.

Dec 19, 2009 | Line 6 Music

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My pv6 mixers red clip lights remain on


FIRST check that your power adapter is 16 VAC at 1 AMP and that it is the original unit.

The clip lights monitor levels at several points. If you cranked the EQ's for maximum, say bass, that MAY cause them to illuminate.

As a test, set all EQ's at mid point. Remove ALL input cables. Are the lights still on?

It is possible that you can have a ground loop that is putting signals in that causes clipping. Another source is if you have a microphone that may be FEEDBACKING at supersonic frequency that you can't hear... that is why we disconnect all the inputs as a test.

Finding schematics so one can repair these devices can be a problem. If ALL the clip lights ar on, then it is probably the reference level source for the clip level threshold... however finding a schematic would be necessary and while part cost would be probably under a dollar, the labor and time to find the schematic would be unknown.

Aug 18, 2009 | Peavey 32fx USB 32 Channel Mixer

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