I ran a rca cable to 1/4 jack from my cd player to the 1/4 input on the front of my peavey xr 8600 mixer. It sounds like your in a tunnel, or the vocals have been turned off. I can unplug the red channel and it sounds better. I ran the same set up on an older peavey mixer and didn't have this problem. Can you tell me what is happening and how to fix it.
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While not familiar with this unit I beleive you are right assuming that you need to be working with a line level signal(post preamp) not a mic level signal there are several ways to do this I also do not know your board or how convoluted a layout you are willing to go through Most boards that people who use compressors own(for live pa) have post preamp "insert"points failing that you can put your mic on channel 1 and send its signal to the comp via the aux buss(not raising the channel one fader, but instead send the signal out the aux to the compressor, then take the out of the compressor into channel two(which you will not send any aux singal from) and use the channel 2 fader as your mix level or you could route the mic to a outboard preamp then compressor then mixer input
if you hav e subgroups the mic channel could send out a subgroup to the comp the only thing you do not want to do(for live pa) is place the comp after the main mix out
it could be your input section on your amplifier were you rca jacks go in but you should check and make sure it aint your cd player out put on your rca jacks the easy way to check this is with a meter and a cd playing in your cd player turn your meter on volts usually your out put on rca 2.5v some cd players put out 5v so take your postive tester needle and stick it in the inside part of your rca jack and take negative tester needle and touch the outerside of the rca jacks and see if you get any reading if do that good on that part but on your amp no it could be in the input section of your amp it could be as simple as a burnt trace wire on the bottom circuit board or a op amp chip theirs alot in a amplifier but you can test them with a meter to find out witch one bad but i would take it to some one that work on amplifiers if you dont know how to test them
Have you connected the rca plugs to the radio or amp directly? If you've connected it to the radio make sure that the input level controls are adjusted AND available on that model (it will say AUX, INPUT, SUBWOOFER, REAR, etc.) Connecting your mp3 player directly to the amp will not have enough juice to hear sound you need to connect it to the radio first.
REPLACE THE RCA CABLE COULD BE THE GROUND MAY HAVE GONE BAD....CHECK THAT THE AMP HAS A GOOD GROUND TO THE CAR WITH A METER MAKE SURE IF IT HAS A SWITCH FOR LOW IMP OR HIGH IMP IT IS IN THE RIGHT POSITION GOOD LUCK
the advantage is every time you split a pre-amp signal, the voltage, too, divides in half. Your signal (music) is going down the river at 2 volts say, and when it gets to the amplifier, it is split into 4 streams. The signal will be distorted and the amplifier will not work as efficiently. Use the Front AND rear RCAs so your amplifier uses the best possible signal - for the best possible results!
Also, if you are using 4 RCAs you get true stereo FL FR RR RL Instead of L and R
The Peavey A/B controls are output gain controls. Your mixers stereo output goes into the amps inputs, channels A & B. The Peavey is the output stage to your speaker system. If you you connect the outputs from a power amp to the inputs of a mixer you will blow the mixers input stage, amongst many other things and possibly damage the amplifier too. The bias (Bass, Mid, Treble controls) are on the mixer, not the amplifier. Unless you are using a mixer amp, which you are not. A PA system DOES NOT work in the same way as an intergrated hi fi amp.