PEAVEY 6 CHANNEL MIXER (PV6) - Right Fader Crackles
The right main fader is very crackly. There are quite a few (a dozen?) points where the sound cuts out very briefly but completely. If you leave the fader still, the rest seems to work fine, but adjusting the volume while the band or a CD was playing would sound rubbish on the left. I slid the fader up and down for a couple of minutes to see if there was dirt on the slider that would shift; no improvement.
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PV series mixers from peavey suffer from horrible sliders pots quality, so be prepared to change that pot, it is pretty easy to change, real difficult comes out when you are trying to reach it, let me know a bit further to help you out troubleshoot accurately the issue.
There is NO way to select channels to "Source"... The selections on this mixer are to send the channels to SOLO, Sub1-2 or Sub 3-4 and/or main L-R. You should have the bottom button for each channel punched down to L-R. NEVER connect ANYTHING other than an external effects unit to the INSERT jacks!!!! These jacks are combined output/input jacks with send and return on the same jack. Special insert cables are used for these. An external drum machine should be connected to a line input for one of the channels USING a TRS balanced cable. Page 28 of your user manual shows the block diagram and signal flow diagram. The trim control is the input gain control. Start with those say at 12 o'clock and advance the fader for the channel of interest...you should get signal at the main outs. MAKE SURE that the lines from the mixer to the amps are BALANCED TRS type cables... You cannot use unbalanced cables for this. The user manual explains balanced cables and what they look like. I just repaired one of these mixers that some foolish people plugged stuff into the MAIN INSERT jacks and blew out the driver that drives the MAIN insert which kills the input to the MAIN output drivers. There is one small chip between the AMAIN fader and the sub next to it and one has to remove every knob and take the unit all apart to get to it... It is a tiny surface mounted part the size of a matchhead with 8 leads... not for the faint of heart to repair. As a test of this part, you can plug a st of headphones into the RIGHT MAIN insert jack and drive audio into a channel... turn trim control up fully for the channel and the fader on full, and set the PAN control to 12 oclock and punch down the L-R button for that channel. You should hear the audio in ONLY the left ear... Now try the phones in the LEFT INSERT jack... you again should hear the audio in the left headphone only (these jacks are not stereo like the headphones). If you cannot hear anything, then likely somebody has blown that driver in your unit... It is painful and time consuming to repair this... there are hundreds of knobs to pull off and put back on... dozens of screws and cables and to get it all back together. Also make sure ALL of your interconnected equipment is powered from a SINGLE receptacle or power module. Read your user manual thoughroughly. You can get one online download if you need it.
It appears that AUX6 is default factory strapped as POST FADER. If you want to change that you will have to disconnect jumper L to A for all channels you want the AUX to be pre-fader and instead connect K to S for the option jumpers. I don't know if this requires soldering or whether they are push on jumpers. These should be available in the back cover. In ADDITION you will have to run the switched pre/post fader switch in the PRE position which will make ALL AUX's that are strapped this way PRE FADER.
You MUST turn off the echo from the computer OR remove the sound card to line in connections. The tape out goes through the sound card and immediately back out to the tape in and around it goes for feedback.
You probably wrecked the faders putting De-Oit in them!!! NEVER use that in pot and faders... It is for switch contacts only.
You have ONE chance to save them. From Home Depot get a can of CRC226 in the electrical dept. Put some of that using the spout into each fader near the middle and work the faders. The CRC226 costs about $2.70 a can. Make sure it is the 226 as there are OTHER CRC products there and only 226 is the one that is suitable.
The De-Oxit will have cleaned out the lube of the faders and if you are unlucky, one or more of the wipers will have folded back which is fatal... The CRC226 is an electrical lube that I have restored faders and pots with... It has many other uses including lubing plier joints...
there is the manual
But to actually answer some questions for you as well.
1. How do I connect it to my monitors?
Out of the back of the console there is a Main Out : Left and Right.
there are two sets, one is XLR, second is 1/4 in.
Run those to Powered Speakers and Voila.
If you are using unpowered speakers then you will need a poweramp to run speakers.
2. and 3.
first make sure your fader is all the way down
Once you plug in your microphone the top white knob is your gain preamp actually turning your voice going into the board up.
Second set your Main Mix fader: far right faders to 0.
Then, the channel your microphone is on bring up the fader and you should start hearing some of your vocal through the monitors.
At the Top right there are two sets of stereo ins (RCA) all you need is a 1/8 in to RCA cable coming out of the Headphone/Line Out of your computer.
you can run one amp from the main out puts and the second amp from the CTRL Room out puts. The CTRL ROOM are outputs that are linked to the same bus as the master fader. This will work fine...
Best of luck