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P 150 system fails when 2 or more inputs are used at once

If two guitars and a mic are plugged in and one line 's volume has a spike in natural volume ie., the singer sings louder or the guitarist hits harder, t.he sound shuts of for a moment coming back on in a second or two

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I agree with Michial, Try using the other channels for normal use or turn off the VIP feature. Here is the link for the manual.
http://oit.williams.edu/files/2010/09/Passport-PD-500.pdf

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    Joe Patch Mar 08, 2013

    Sorry, this isn't the correct manual it's for the pd500, still looking for it, though. The fender site doesn't actually have it either.

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If you have an owners manual make note that channel one has a VIP feature with a control. This feature makes channel one override the other channels and is used for voice over announcements. The manual explains how to use the threshold control to set this. It can be downloaded at Fender.com/support.

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I just bought a fender passport 150 and it isn't very loud and the channel lights aren't even coming on when I plug in my guitar or my mic. You can hear the guitar and mic but only when the volume...


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http://support.fender.com/manuals/pro_audio/Passport_P150_manual.pdf

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You will use microphone with balanced XLR connector into the XLR mic input. Note, the ALpha does NOT have phantom power so you cannot use condenser mics.

A guitar can be plugged into the hi-z instrument 1/4 inch jack on the left front of the unit.

To use the line 1/4 inch inputs you will use BALANCED TRS 1/4 inch cables from your source.for these channels. The level on these needs to be line level.

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I am not sure what you mean by making your "amp record"... An amp PLAYS the audio, usually into a speaker.

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