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I get a loud crack sound when I switch on the drum machine when I have it connected to the mixer

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That would be normal - the order you power up equipment is very important. Always start with peripherals and work toward the power amp. Powering off is reverse - power amp first. You can also mute the mixer channel you're plugged into before powering up the drum machine but get into the habit of proper power sequence.

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  • Darren Stagg Oct 23, 2013

    That could be as simple as the gain/level settings at the time. Powering up a piece of equipment connected to a live channel will surely generate a noise and can damage speakers. I take it the unit works fine when powered up?

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