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Hooking Up an iPod

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by agreatheight, Mar 21, 2009.


  1. I am hoping someone with some real understanding of such things can answer this:

    To hook an iPod up to my mixer, do I absolutely need to buy a dock to send a line level signal to the board into the tape in, or can I sent the amplified headphone out signal into the tape in? I was ready to buy a dock until I found out they are $50 and don't come with power, an additional $30.


    Thanks!
    Eric
     
  2. BR Audio

    BR Audio Guest

    Apr 13, 2006
    You should have no problem with just an 1/8" to dual RCA(or 1/4") straight out of the iPod. I've been doing that for a long time now. It won't give you the best signal to noise ratio, but it is good enough 90% of the time. Just make sure you don't have your volume cranked all the way up. Around 75% will actually sound a little better.

    Gil
     
  3. Hi.

    I've had no problems with the 1/8" ->RCA stereo adapters.

    Regards
    Sam
     
  4. GregShadoan

    GregShadoan

    Sep 1, 2008
    Oregon
    I agree, and 1/8" to whatever should work fine without the dock. I build my own 1/8" to XLR, as some of the mixers I use don't have any rca, ot 1/4" inputs. Here is a handy reference to build interconnects.:
    http://www.rane.com/note110.html
     
  5. Right on. I have been running it that way for a while, but thought I'd make sure.

    Peace!
     
  6. Godbody

    Godbody

    May 27, 2008
    I do this at gigs and jams where I'm responsible for the sound to play a little music during setups. Volume really does have to be at 50-75% IME, or the high tones of whatever you're playing become overly pronounced.
     

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