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Will this work for running backing tracks?

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by Spoono Ghiefardi, Feb 23, 2018.


  1. Spoono Ghiefardi

    Spoono Ghiefardi

    Nov 20, 2015
    So i'm starting a hip hop side project and need to run my backing tracks live. I've had issues using computers and just my tablet and am hoping that the mixer will help out. Im thinking of using an android tablet into a mixer. Then from the mixer into a passive DI to the FOH. This way I can give them more signal if needed. Or could I got tablet into preamp di pedal? Does this sound like a simple idea that'll work? Thanks much.
     
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2018

  2. We’ve done backing tracks from a tablet before and it worked fine. The only thing to keep in mind that the tablet’s output is stereo. If your tracks are mono, all you need is to send one side of a splitter cable to a direct box. If your tracks are stereo, then you’ll need two direct boxes, and as such two channels of the FOH console. If that’s not acceptable to the FOH, you’ll need to send your stereo signal to a mixer that will combine it for a mono output to the FOH.

    Regards,
    Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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  3. Spoono Ghiefardi

    Spoono Ghiefardi

    Nov 20, 2015
    Thanks for the reply. So a stereo 1/8' to 1/4' mono from the tablet to a mini mixer and then a instrument cable from the mixer to a di box? That sound right. Also my tracks are mono with no click needed.
     
  4. Spoono Ghiefardi

    Spoono Ghiefardi

    Nov 20, 2015
    I was adding the mixer just encase they need more gain than my tablet can provide. I've had issues there my mixes would be too quiet or something and couldn't feed the FOH anything more. Just a backup I guess.
     
  5. Spoono Ghiefardi

    Spoono Ghiefardi

    Nov 20, 2015
    Would Mono 1/8" to Mono 1/4" do the same?
     
  6. Spoono Ghiefardi

    Spoono Ghiefardi

    Nov 20, 2015

  7. Mono 1/8” plug into a stereo jack is a bad idea.

    OTH, I’ve seen stereo 1/8” to mono 1/4" (link below), but I’m not sure I’d trust a cable like that, not knowing how it’s internally wired. If it’s tying both L/R leads from the 1/8” together - I don’t like that at all. I'd stick with the mixer, or the splitter cable I linked before

    Hosa 3.5 mm TRS to 1/4" TS Mono Interconnect Cable - 5'

    Regards,
    Wayne A. Pflughaupt

    Ecclesia: Unique Arrangements of Hymns, P&W Standards, and Original Tunes
    Administrator, Pedulla Club #45
    Administrator, Tobias Club #133
    Fretless Club #943
    Big Cabs Club #23
    My Rig: Stage and FOH Friendly
    My Basses


     

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