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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.

  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.

  3. Hi.

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

  4. GregShadoan


    Sep 1, 2008
    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.:
  5. Right on. I have been running it that way for a while, but thought I'd make sure.

  6. 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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