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Why does my mackie cfx12 mkii have low output across all 8 xlr inputs at unity gain with distortion above that?


Where are you getting the low output? It would be very strange if all channels failed in the same way so it is probably something common to them all. Can you get the clip light to illuminate at all by turning the gain up on a mic channel and shouting into the mic? You are referring to the gain at the top of the strip not the slider aren't you? What happens if you assign a channel to the other sub channel, does the level come up through that? What happens if you take the output from the aux send and you send signal there, is it the same issue?
I may be completely wrong but I suspect if it is only mics that are causing a problem you may have the routing set up wrong or not set a level somewhere else right.

Aug 10, 2014 | Mackie CFX 12 mkII 12 Ch. Compact SR Mixer...

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When setting up xr8600 is it best to start mains and monitors master at 0DB?


1. Turn the main and monitor volumes all the way down (off). Plug a cd player into channel 9/10 and play a track of music of your liking. With the main/monitor volumes still off, adjust the gain on 9/10 until the clip light turns on, then back it down until the clip light just turns off. Put the channel volume at 12 o' clock.
2. With the music still playing, turn up the mains to the desired listening level first, and then adjust the graphic eq until the music sounds good in the room. Remember or mark the position of the volume control. Do not use the channel eq on 9/10 for music that has been mastered properly, leave the eq flat. Once this step is completed then you have now set the main eq.
3. Repeat the same for monitors. Turn off the main volume and then bring up the monitor main volume to the desired level first, then set eq. Now your monitor eq is set properly. Remember or mark the position of the monitor volume.
4. Set up microphone - plug a mic into channel 1 with volume all the way down. Speak or sing into the microphone and adjust the GAIN until you see the clip light, then back down a litttle on the gain. Put the monitor and main volumes back up to the mark from step 2. Now adjust the volume and monitor send on the mic channel to the desired loudness first before adjusting the mic channel eq. Use subtractive eq method to minimize distortion and feedback. ...i.e. if the mic is bassy then turn down the lows, do not ADD highs. If the mic needs bass, turn down the highs.

Jun 08, 2014 | Peavey Xr 8600 8 Channel Powered Mixer

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How to setup a vocals


Turn gain CCW. plug microphone in, mute the channel. turn gain CW until peak LED flashes (while singing loud!) and turn gain back a little bit.
Take the channel fader down, unmute the channel. Put masters at 0dB (near maximum) and adjust the loudness with the channel fader to what you like.
EQ: it always depends on your location. Keep it flat. You might like to reduce at about 200-300 Hz. Cut the low end (Hi Pass Filter = on) or if no HiPass reduce "bass" for about 6...10dB.
ok?

Mar 29, 2014 | Mackie 1604 Vlz3 16 Channel Mixer

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Soundcraft Gigrac 1000st distortion in the mic inputs. The rca line in is fine and clean. No effects on the mic pre sounds like its breaking up at any volume level. really dissapointing.


You should be using Dynamic mics such as a Shure SM58. They go into the first FOUR channels and if there is excessive gain and distortion, push in thee Pad button below the connector for those four channels. Inexpensive consumer microphones used with some Karaoke home systems are not suitable for this unit. You should be using XLR cables on the mics (balanced lines). The Pad buttons reduce the gain by a fixed amount of -20 Db for mics that have too much output to be controlled by the gain controls right above the connector. Ideally those should be no less than 12 o'cloock for good signala to noise ratio. Additional channels beyond the first four do not have as much gain and they do not have the -20 Db pad option.

May 15, 2011 | Soundcraft GigRac 1000st Powered Mixer...

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Mixer does not sound "clean"; almost distorted


If more than one input is bad, then problem has NOTHING to do with the preamps. Check list:
1. Make sure you are using BALANCED lines everywhere... either XLR or TRS cables.

2. Make sure ALL interconnected equipment, mixers, amps, powered speakers, CD players, etc. are ALL powered from the SAME receptacle or power distribution unit.

3. Do proper setup. Select each channel PFL and set the trims so the indicator never goes into clipping, but is in the 70% range during max volume input to mics, etc..

4. During operation the sliders should be at least 50% up on used channels and the mains. Setting of levels throughout the system is important for noise free operation. Using EXCESS gain at some point results in distortion and noise. Using sliders near the bottom position results in poor signal to noise ratio.

Now re-read #2 above... and believe it. I have seen a lot of equipment blown due to ground bounce of building power. That is why the pro's run power back to their mixer from the area where the amps are powered.

Apr 28, 2011 | Behringer EURORACK UB2442FX PRO Mixer

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Im having distortion problems on my microphones, how do I activate the compressor on my mixer?


You can't activate something you don't have. The XENYX do not have compressors built in.

If you are getting mic distortion you are not properly setting up the mics.

You one at a time press the PFL down and have someone yell at the mic the loudest they will ever be. You adjust the trim control for that mic to be below the clip on the LED display. The you turn that PFL off and go to the next mic.

From that point all mic adjustments are from the slider. If you can't get enough gain, then back off ALL the other non-mic inputs and crank up the main slider and/or the power amp gains.

You have to learn to balance all the gains.

There are instruction videos on YouTube under "Soundboard".

Sep 16, 2010 | Behringer XENYX 2442FX Mixer

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Mic output of my pmp3000 is weak,levels must all the way up to get any mic sound louder,Im using balanced xlr's for my mics, Is there any adjustable sensitivity adjustment inside the mixer? like the one...


Some mics will require the trim gain to be full on. Check the mic gain by pressing the PFL for each channel and set trim to be below the clipping level with maximum vocal into the mic.

There are some low output mics that may be inadequte as far as output goes. Shure SM58 are industry standard mic... If you don't have one to try, borrow one to test with.

After that, the slider, EQ controls and the MAIN sloder has all the control.

Sep 15, 2010 | Behringer Pmp3000 16 Channel Audio Mixer

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I have a YAMAHA GA 24/12 mixer and 10 aux (all) no


Check that you have the gains INTO the aux channel from each strip you want routed there turned up... AND... the gains OUT of the aux turned up. Two places to adjust the gains.

The AUX LIKELY use TRS balanced outputs... check that you are using those.

These are a starting point, I do not have a manual for this device.

Feb 11, 2010 | Yamaha Music

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I have behringer xenyx802 Iam urgently looking to buy a wireless headphone and mic for my mixer and skype which I use for podcasting. The headet must be padded both ears and mic over mouth due to me being...


Here is a link to what your looking for,
http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-CM500-Headset-with-BuiltIn-Microphone?sku=245012

I can't tell from the add but hopefully it comes with adapters for both plugs that will work on your mixer. It does have the one for the headphones but the one for the mic is not clear, they are not interchangeable.

You would obviously plug the headphones into the headphone jack. The knob labeled "Phones/Control Room" will control the volume without changing what's being broadcast. What you hear in you phones is exactly what you are broadcasting.

The microphone needs to go into either mono channel 1 or 2. The adapter for it needs to be a mono Tip/Sleeve adapter as the more common stereo Tip/Ring/Sleeve adapter may cause some problems. You can tell the difference by looking at how many sections are on the plug divided by a little black line. Two sections is mono, three is stereo.

Adjust you microphone level by setting the volume knob, the one on the very bottom, to the 12 o'clock position. Then turn the gain knob, the smaller plastic one on the very top, until the desired volume is reached. If you experience any clipping or distortion turn the gain knob down until it goes away. These are general settings, you may want to experiment until you get the best level without noise.

Nov 30, 2008 | Behringer Pmp3000 16 Channel Audio Mixer

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