Roland Cube-120XL recording problem

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Pidea, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. Pidea


    Apr 15, 2012
    This may be a daft question but I'm a drummer so go easy on me :)

    At band practice today we tried to record directly from my bass players Roland Cube 120XL into a Behringer 1202 mixer.

    Initially we tried connecting the 'Recording out' socket to the unbalanced 'line in' on the mixer but doing this muted the amp's speaker - which gave the bass player a shock!

    We then plugged in an XLR to jack cable into the 'Line out/DI out' socket and then plugged that into the mixer to an unbalanced socket.

    Although we had sound from the amp there was no sound at the mixer end. Flicking the little toggle switch 'Line out/DI out' on the amp didn't make any difference either.

    What am I doing wrong ? The only thing we didn't try was another cable so that could be the problem but assuming that it's not, have we done everything else right or is there another setting somewhere on the amp that needs to be twiddled ?

    Thanks in advance !
  2. DuraMorte


    Mar 3, 2011
    Use a mic cable to connect the amp to an XLR input on the mixer.
  3. Pidea


    Apr 15, 2012
    Thanks for the reply. The only XLR inputs on the mixer are designed (as I understand it) for microphones as they have pre-amps on them.

    Or is it just a case of turning down the gain?

    This is the mixer in question:


    As you may have guessed, this isn't my strongest area !

  4. jkramer5


    Jul 14, 2008
    Fairfield, CA
    DuraMorte is correct, use an XLR cable to connect the DI out of the amp to an XLR on one of the mixers channels. Adjust the output volume of the amp, the channel fader and the input trim on the mixer to suit and your doing it the way it's supposed to be done.
  5. DuraMorte


    Mar 3, 2011
    Just keep the input gain at a reasonable level (according to the meters) and you'll be fine. Don't redline anything.
    How are you connecting that mixer to your recording device/computer, out of curiosity?
  6. Pidea


    Apr 15, 2012
    OK, thanks for the help guys. Looks like I need to order another XLR-XLR cable then.

    There's two ways to record from the mixer. It has a pair of phono sockets that you can plug an mp3 recorder into. Unfortunately mine is away for repair so yesterday so we used a Samsung netbook so record. The level from the phono's was quite high and led to some distortion as we couldn't turn down the laptops mic sensitivity.

    What we ended up doing was recording from the control room out sockets and using the control headphone level to prevent distortion. It all worked well.

    However, when I get my mp3 recorder back today I'll use that as it has the ability to adjust the line level on the input to avoid overload.


  7. DuraMorte


    Mar 3, 2011
    Always have a few extra XLRs handy; you never know when you might need another one.
    Also, what's stopping you from using the main outs?

    (Also, if the netbook had a line-in, that wold have been the better option. Mic inputs on computer soundcards are rarely stereo.)