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    joksgez
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    bored shitless so i thought id get my decks out and give them a whirl, but im completely clueless with the technical stuff so i cant get them set up properly

    ive got 2 decks, a mixer and then seperate speakers and sub

    the slots on my speaker are:

    out to r speaker
    sub out
    audio in

    slots on mixer are:

    MAIN OUT: [MASTER L + R], [TAPE L + R]
    EFFECTS: [SEND L + R], [RETURN L + R]
    INPUT 1: [CD L + R] [PHONO L + R]
    INPUT 2: [CD L + R] [PHONO L + R]

    both of the inputs on the mixer have a button to press to select either phono or line. and then on the face of the mixer there is a switch for input selector to be phono or cd

    the wires i have at my disposal are a cable with a red and white connector coming out of my decks
    a wire to hook my right speaker to the left speaker (left speaker has the power)
    a wire with red and white connectors at either end
    a wire with red and white connectors at one end and a headphone slot connector at the other

    apologies if im not explaining this very well but if anyone could explain to me how to set this up (preferably as if speaking to a retard) it would be greatly appreciated. safe

    #1267714
    thelog
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    Right lemmie read again 2 secs

    #1267715
    thelog
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    OK take phonos, plug into declks that is straight forward, then on your left deck plug that set into LINE in 1 and the right into line in 2…

    reading again one sec, wanna get it all right for you

    #1267716
    thelog
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    You do have an amp right? You just say speaker and don’t mention amps??

    #1267710
    General Lighting
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    I assume the decks are vinyl decks and not CDJs..

    the red and white wires from your decks go to the PHONO inputs of the mixer for INPUT 1 and 2. If there is a black wire as well that goes to a GROUND connection which is usually a metal knurled screw connected to the frame of the mixer (this keeps away hum)

    Set the mixer controls to PHONO for everything (or you will not hear any sound)

    Main out MASTER L+R go into the AUDIO IN on the active speakers. Depending on what this connection is you will either need to use the phono lead or the phono to 3.5mm stereo lead.

    Make sure the speakers are both connected and power is on and this should all work.

    #1267724
    joksgez
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    @thelog 527542 wrote:

    You do have an amp right? You just say speaker and don’t mention amps??

    nah no amp mate this is just a small setup on my speakers im assuming they have a built in amp or something, i’ll read over this and try hook it up and let you know how i get on im completely clueless with stuff like this so might take me a while haha

    #1267725
    joksgez
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    @General Lighting 527543 wrote:

    I assume the decks are vinyl decks and not CDJs..

    the red and white wires from your decks go to the PHONO inputs of the mixer for INPUT 1 and 2. If there is a black wire as well that goes to a GROUND connection which is usually a metal knurled screw connected to the frame of the mixer (this keeps away hum)

    Set the mixer controls to PHONO for everything (or you will not hear any sound)

    Main out MASTER L+R go into the AUDIO IN on the active speakers. Depending on what this connection is you will either need to use the phono lead or the phono to 3.5mm stereo lead.

    Make sure the speakers are both connected and power is on and this should all work.

    thanks man ive got it set up exactly like this but im not hearing anything through the speakers. on my mixer there is a thing called ‘monitor selector’ with buttons for channel 1, channel 2, and master. and it comes through on the headphones when ive got channel 1 or 2 selected.. but not when its just on master

    #1267717
    thelog
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    exacatly what GL said. It is very easy ,man.

    #1267718
    thelog
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    @joksgez 527549 wrote:

    thanks man ive got it set up exactly like this but im not hearing anything through the speakers. on my mixer there is a thing called ‘monitor selector’ with buttons for channel 1, channel 2, and master. and it comes through on the headphones when ive got channel 1 or 2 selected.. but not when its just on master

    Right, what volume knobs do you have? and have you got the switches set to input not phono?

    #1267719
    thelog
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    what model mixer??

    #1267711
    General Lighting
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    @joksgez 527549 wrote:

    thanks man ive got it set up exactly like this but im not hearing anything through the speakers. on my mixer there is a thing called ‘monitor selector’ with buttons for channel 1, channel 2, and master. and it comes through on the headphones when ive got channel 1 or 2 selected.. but not when its just on master

    check that the faders are up for the master volume control, and that your channel faders are up and the position of the crossfader or any crosssfade assign buttons (if you have them) are not set to something strange

    Also are the active speakers working correct?

    either plug in a laptop or device you know creates good sound, or carefully set the volume of the speakers to something low (but enough to hear), then touch the tip of the 3.5mm plug or phono plug connected to the audio input of the active speakers. You should hear a hum, which proves that the amp is working.

    #1267726
    joksgez
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    okay so it seems that theres something wrong with one of the turntables, ive got the both set up now exactly as GL said but the one turntable is only playing through the headphones but the other is coming through the speakers aswell as the headphones – not sure why, but i can settle for this atleast now i can dig up some old vinyls and have a listen

    thanks for the help guys and sorry again i really dont have a clue about this stuff

    #1267727
    joksgez
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    @thelog 527553 wrote:

    what model mixer??

    mixer is behringer DJX400

    #1267712
    General Lighting
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    @joksgez 527555 wrote:

    okay so it seems that theres something wrong with one of the turntables, ive got the both set up now exactly as GL said but the one turntable is only playing through the headphones but the other is coming through the speakers aswell as the headphones – not sure why, but i can settle for this atleast now i can dig up some old vinyls and have a listen

    thanks for the help guys and sorry again i really dont have a clue about this stuff

    is there a crossfader on the mixer? a fault in this might create the problem you mention.

    or swap the “faulty” turntable to the channel that works. That way you isolate whether the turntable is kaputt, or some part of the mixer circuitry.

    #1267728
    joksgez
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    @General Lighting 527557 wrote:

    is there a crossfader on the mixer? a fault in this might create the problem you mention.

    or swap the “faulty” turntable to the channel that works. That way you isolate whether the turntable is kaputt, or some part of the mixer circuitry.

    ah yeah it is a problem with the crossfader i think i switched the ‘faulty’ one into the working channel and it plays through, but when i move the cross fader the sound crackles a bit

    #1267720
    thelog
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    the crackle is a common mixer issue. I wish I could be there now, i want to wire you up. hmmmm

    #1267729
    joksgez
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    @thelog 527559 wrote:

    the crackle is a common mixer issue. I wish I could be there now, i want to wire you up. hmmmm

    i hope thats not a euphemism log

    #1267721
    thelog
    Participant

    lol,lemmie get you some help from a fresh brain brb

    #1267722
    thelog
    Participant

    tech support says faders broke. unless you have the switches set to phono on one side

    🙁 sorrys

    #1267730
    joksgez
    Participant

    @thelog 527563 wrote:

    tech support says faders broke. unless you have the switches set to phono on one side

    🙁 sorrys

    wounder! anyone home remedies or does that mean i need a new mixer?

    #1267723
    thelog
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    ummm not sure, you can get replacement fader units but, I’m not your man for that. GL might know.

    #1267731
    joksgez
    Participant

    sound i wouldnt be forking out for anything anyway i only use my decks occasionally for fun but thanks for the help

    #1267713
    General Lighting
    Moderator

    sometimes you can clean out the worst of the crap with Isopropyl alcohol

    6130011000 – AMBERSIL – AMBERSIL IPA, 400ML | Farnell United Kingdom

    and then lubricate the crossfader with this stuff..

    SUPER SERVISOL 10 – SERVISOL – CLEANER, SWITCH/CONTACT, 200ML | Farnell United Kingdom

    but these are not usually the things you have at home (well I actually do have a half litre can of isopropyl in the downstairs cupboard, but the switch cleaner is in my desk drawer at the radio station 2 miles away)

    unfortunately mixers tend to get hammered and if they are being used in places where people smoke they fill up with crap even quicker…

    #1267709
    Anonymous

    OK take phonos, plug into declks that is straight forward, then on your left deck plug that set into LINE in 1 and the right into line in 2…

    reading again one sec, wanna get it all right for you

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