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Hi all, i just bought this mixer and don't received it yet. But i read the manual !

I see that we can paire the combo input mic/line. Is it the same for the 4 Line Inputs ? Can i paire them ?

Thank you

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Philippe

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Yes.

 

You can pair any two adjacent inputs

 

1+2

2+3

3+4

4+5

5+6

 

7+8

8+9

9+10

10+11

11+12

 

13+14

15+16

 

If you plug a jack into 13 and then select one of the stereo keyboard input presets, it will auto-assign channel 14 as part of the pair: 13 = Left, 14 = Right

 

Just a quick bit of advice though.... try to always use a DI box though as it will significantly reduce the risk of ground loop hum.

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Our KB player uses the Nord as well, I always give him a stereo DI (well, two identical mono DI's).  But as I don't need much processing on him, I use XLR to balanced 1/4in and plug him in to 13/14.  I occasionally run him direct with unbalanced 1/4in, but that sometimes adds a bit of noise to the line.

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Our KB player uses the Nord as well, I always give him a stereo DI (well, two identical mono DI's).  But as I don't need much processing on him, I use XLR to balanced 1/4in and plug him in to 13/14.  I occasionally run him direct with unbalanced 1/4in, but that sometimes adds a bit of noise to the line.

That's pretty much exactly what I do. I use a Palmer PAN04 2 channel passive DI box. Balanced XLR to balanced 1/4" TRS into 13/14. I even made up a 2 core multicore cable (using VanDamme blue series 2 channel multicore cable) for both sides of the DI box... 1/4" mono TS to 1/4" mono TS on approx. 1.5m cable length for keys to DI, then XLR-F to 1/4" TRS jacks on same cable at approx. 8.5m cable running into 13/14. Only one cable to run out that way ;-)
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Very interesting ! Thank you all. I don't think about xlr-1/4 cable to use 13/14 input.it could be a good idea to keep the other xlr input for mic drum guitars....

An other question: it is not a problem to plug the output of the Di to a line input of the mixer ? No pb of impedance ?

Sorry for probably basics questions !

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Very interesting ! Thank you all. I don't think about xlr-1/4 cable to use 13/14 input.it could be a good idea to keep the other xlr input for mic drum guitars....

An other question: it is not a problem to plug the output of the Di to a line input of the mixer ? No pb of impedance ?

Sorry for probably basics questions !

 

I've had no issues; the signal going to me is loud enough to where I don't need to boost it too much with what would be the mic pre's, and as far as I know the only difference between the signal chain is the mic pre's and the simpler DSP (not as many options for compression/eq/etc).  I could be wrong, but it works well for me

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13, 14, 15 and 16 are still balanced inputs, and have switching pre's though, to my knowledge, the pre's are not quite the sophisticated burr browns that feature on 1-12 so, yes, you can safely insert a balanced input into 13-16 and not have to worry about it not being a "line" level signal.

 

As eklynx has pointed out though, 13-16 do not feature such extensive DSP chains but as the commonest signals placed into 13-16 are DI style, keyboard etc inputs and not vocal mics, this is rarely (if at all) an issue.

 

I typically use 13/14 as a keys stereo pair and 15 for bass DI. 16 rarely gets used though one of the bands I regularly work with, the keys player is talking about getting a second k/b so I imagine it won't belong before 16 is being used!

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Hi, I plug my keyboard in as follows,

Keyboard out mono through DI box into L3t mixer channel, I have been using the - pad, but on my last gig I didn't and I think the sound is much more solid, clearer with more ooph. So is it rule of thumb to always pad a keyboard into l3t or is it a personal choice thing? I didn't suffer any distortion or clipping.

 

Thank you for you anticipated advice.

 

Leigh

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If you're using a DI box, the line level signal from your keyboard is [normally] already converted to a mic level signal, and as such PAD isn't required.

 

Experiment though. Different DI boxes may have different output levels.

 

I know the DI's I use have a -30db switch on them, but I don't use it with keys.

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