Using iPod/CD player, etc.

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  • #47961
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    musicalnut
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    Maybe I am missing something here, but when I plug in my CD player, MP3 player, computer, etc into a channel or or even ST1 or ST2 on my QU 16 and my Qu 24 the sound is unbalanced. I don’t hear vocal, or melody, etc. Just the background recorded track. I have tried playing with different ways of connecting it, either through XLR or 1/4 inch and still the same. Even if I play with EQs which seems odd as I should just play it flat and I should hear how it recorded track should be.

    HELP???!!! What am I missing??

    #47964
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    [XAP]Bob
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    Era, I don’t know what you’re missing, but the QU can’t strip vocals from an input… It’s good, but it’s not that good.

    #47965
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    musicalnut
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    I tried going mini to mini with ST3 and it worked GREAT! why doesn’t it work going mini to 1/4 or 1/4 to XLR?

    #47966
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    [XAP]Bob
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    Is your cable wired up correctly?

    #47967
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    MikeShand
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    Sounds like you are feeding a stereo miniature TRS jack into a balanced TRS or XLR. The effect of this will be to only give you the difference between the L and R stereo signals. So anything that appears in the middle of the stereo image, such as vocals, will all but disappear.

    #47969
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    musicalnut
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    Thanks MikeShand! If that’s the case, is there a way around this? I never had this problem with other mixers. 🙁

    #47970
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    MikeShand
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    It would be the same with any other mixer where you were feeding an unbalanced stereo signal into a balanced mono input. What you need is a cable which takes the unbalanced stereo TRS to two unbalanced TS plugs, or XLRs that you can then plug into two input channels. If you have previously used a mixer which has a stereo unbalanced input then of course it would previously have worked, but they are unusual to say the least on serious mixers.

    Something like this might do the trick

    http://www.amazon.com/Hosa-CMP153-Cable-Inch-Dual/dp/B000068O3C

    Or this

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/HosaTech-CYX-402M-3-5mm-Stereo-Breakout/dp/B000068OEO

    I’m not recommending these particular products, just showing examples of the sort of lead you need.

    #47971
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    Andreas
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    …then the other mixers do not have symmetrical inputs on 1/4 inputs.
    ST3 is a regular stereo input on TRS connector, ST1/ST2 need two cables for stereo, all you need is a proper split cable from mini TRS into two mono 1/4 connetors. This should be common to all mixers or other gear, the Qu behaves absolute correctly.
    [Edit, as been too late] …as Mike wrote

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