Hooking my Mackie 402VLZ3 to my PC
Can anyone direct me a bit with this I am really confused. What do I need in terms of cabling to hook my Mackie mixer to my Dell PC and which ports on the computer do I use to achieve this.
The object of the exercise is to be able to listen to backing tracks and/or Songster via my PC through headphones and be able to jam along in silence. I have looked at the ports available on my computer and the ones that seem most likely might be 1. Headphone on the front panel (pink) 2. Microphone on the front panel (green) 3. Line Out on the rear panel (blue). There are other coloured ports but I am unsure what these are for. As there are dual inputs on the mixer presumably I need some sort of splitter cable, from what I've read they might be called Y cables? Would I need stereo or mono plugs/cabling?
Having linked the PC up presumably the sound that I hear externally would be replicated through the headphones, I would hope that the sound quality wouldn't be tarnished and that sound would come through both sides of the headphones, but I don't know? Also would there be any latency issues if I were to use programmes like Songster, Audacity or Cubebase for example.
My bass would be connected from the balanced DI in my amp to the mixer via XLR cables which I believe is correct, at least that is what I've been advised.
All help really appreciated.
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