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Orange County,CA /Las Vegas NV

can I use radioshack 4 channel mixer for my gameboys, to plug into the venues PA? Thank you

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Matthew Joseph Payne

sure

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Orange County,CA /Las Vegas NV

thaanks

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washington

just a heads-up, if you ask vague questions, you'll get vague responses. the majority of this forum's population consists of sarcastic douches (myself included)

anyway, probably. it depends on what kind of outputs it has, but generally, you can get a cable or adapter to accommodate pretty much any type of connectors. generally, a sound system wants stereo 1/4" jacks, so if your mixer has stereo RCA outputs, get a DI box (http://www.musiciansfriend.com/direct-boxes) to convert them.

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Matthew Joseph Payne

sorry, I was being sarcastic, I'm not usually a douche. wink

basspuddle's comment isn't entirely accurate. Playing live you're going to generally encounter one of three situations:

1. There is one mixer on the stage table that everyone is using to play their sets. Often this mixer will be a DJ mixer with RCA inputs primarily or only. This often happens at "chip shows".

2. A professional or semi-professional soundsystem is set up but they have no DI boxes, or only one DI box.

3. A professional soundsystem is set up and they have two DI boxes or a stereo DI box.

DI boxes almost universally take a 1/4" unbalanced input and output a balanced signal via XLR.

So the minimum to be prepared is to adapt whatever the output of your mixer is to stereo RCA, and then carry RCA->1/4" adapters for that (minimum cables, maximum flexibility). The next step would be to carry a stereo DI of your own, as well - that way you're ready to plug directly in via RCA, 1/4" or XLR.

So the extended version of my sarcastic answer is "Of course, you just need the right cables and maybe a DI box."

Last edited by kineticturtle (Mar 16, 2013 5:32 am)

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Orange County,CA /Las Vegas NV

I appreciate the response. It's very helpful. Yeah it was a bit vague too smile Wasn't sure on how to go about asking. So can I have a little list of an affordable stage setup? ex. like a di box, a litttle mixer and some cables. I'm sure everyones first time, well me I'm naive to live sound and I appreciate advice

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washington

sorry

kineticturtle knows what's up

edit: first you need a cable like this that has a stereo 1/8" jack on one side, and dual RCA jacks on the other (or multiple, you need one for every gameboy you are running). Some RCA-1/4" adapters like these are handy if you need flexibility. Get a stereo DI like this one and run a XLR cable from that to the house mixer/system.

random side note: XLR equipment sometimes isn't in stereo, so you may want to run stereo 1/4" cables.

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basspuddle wrote:

random side note: XLR equipment sometimes isn't in stereo, so you may want to run stereo 1/4" cables.

even if you have a stereo 1/4" cable it's (almost certainly) going to be plugged into a mono input. bring two! tongue

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Victory Road wrote:
basspuddle wrote:

random side note: XLR equipment sometimes isn't in stereo, so you may want to run stereo 1/4" cables.

even if you have a stereo 1/4" cable it's (almost certainly) going to be plugged into a mono input. bring two! tongue

Yes especially since they may not even tell you that your jacked in mono.