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Tech: Ipod to desk

Herge 15 Feb 09 - 06:14 AM
s&r 15 Feb 09 - 06:49 AM
SteveMansfield 15 Feb 09 - 07:05 AM
Richard Bridge 15 Feb 09 - 03:12 PM
Musket 15 Feb 09 - 03:14 PM
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Subject: Tech: Ipod to desk
From: Herge
Date: 15 Feb 09 - 06:14 AM

What's the best way to connect an Ipod to a mixing dexk - I had used a cable that converted small jack to XLR, but suspect the phantom power damaged the ipod. Any suggestions? Desk is a behringer XENYX 2442FX

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Subject: RE: Tech: Ipod to desk
From: s&r
Date: 15 Feb 09 - 06:49 AM

Phono. You can buy a dock to phono connector


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Subject: RE: Tech: Ipod to desk
From: SteveMansfield
Date: 15 Feb 09 - 07:05 AM

I've got a 3.5mm jack to stereo phonos lead, which plugs into the headphone socket of my MP3 and the tape inputs on the desk.

Any decent electrical store [and no doubt many rubbish ones] should be able to sort you out with one. Don't know where in the world you are so Maplin might not be your best local solution, but something like this is what you're after.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Ipod to desk
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 15 Feb 09 - 03:12 PM

It looks as if the desk has tape ins, on phono. Go there. It also appears to have two non mic-channels - line ins on jack. You could go there.

Or you could use a DI box to get into a mic channel. Is the phantom not switched channel by channel on that desk? If so switch it off on the channels you use for the ipod if you go that route.

On a decent desk, and with decent power amps and speakers you WILL hear the limitations of MP3s!

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Subject: RE: Tech: Ipod to desk
From: Musket
Date: 15 Feb 09 - 03:14 PM

Just one small point. Depending really on the quality you are looking for.

If this is for live work, then the quality of MP3 as stored on the iPod is not an issue, and the comment regarding 3.5mm jack to whatever your mixer can take, phonos etc is fine. Watch for earth loop hum from some cables though. If you do get a buzz, try removing the earth tag on one end, (easiest at the jack end if it is not a moulded plug) as this can sometimes alleviate the problem. Some leads do, some don't and the price / quality is not a real indicator.

If you are looking at studio work, using the iPod as a convenient store of music tracks, (especially in a higher supported format,) then consider taking the signal out of the iPod digitally via the USB to a half decent DAC (digital to analogue converter) of which most makes and models have phono output.

I find a small iPod, with it's solid state memory to be a robust piece of kit for storing tracks, and away from the well advertised uses, really does take it's place in the PA and indeed small / home studio application. (Ditto many other makes, and the inbuilt DAC being the only real quality comparison.)

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