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LHW

Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Jun 4th, 2019 08:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

I received a small mixer for Christmas. It's a Mackie Mix 8.
Can I use passive speakers with it?

Thanks!!!

Cal-Woody

USA/California

Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Jun 4th, 2019 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Mix8 is a passive mixer and requires that you have either a power amp or powered speakers.

LHW

Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Jun 4th, 2019 11:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks!

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Planet Peegoo

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Jun 4th, 2019 12:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

A very cool thing you can do with small mixers like that is use them as a sub-mix and send the line-out signal to a larger/powered mixer It's a simple way to add channels and makes a small PA scalable for larger gigs.

LHW

Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Jun 4th, 2019 05:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, Peegoo, I didn't know that!

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numb, yes...comfortable? Not so much
Aug 6th, 2019 01:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

"...send the line-out signal to a larger/powered mixer" Can you clarify "line-out" for me. My passive mixer has outs for the mains, 1/4" Aux Send outputs (used for monitors) and a headphone jack. If I want to mic the drums and amps using the passive mixer, which line-out do I use to send to the powered mixer, and what would I plug into on the powered mixer? I'm looking at getting all the instruments as well as 5 vocal mics thru the pa

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Aug 6th, 2019 03:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

“A very cool thing you can do with small mixers like that is use them as a sub-mix and send the line-out signal to a larger/powered mixer It's a simple way to add channels and makes a small PA scalable for larger gigs.”

I did this back in the ‘80s with the band. I had a RS 8 channel mixer I ran the drums through. That mix went to the main board - which was also not very expansive.


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Whitehorse Canada

I don't get out much
Aug 6th, 2019 05:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

" which line-out do I use to send to the powered mixer"
Any post EQ post fader out will work.
So.....you can use the signal from an effect aux, or one of the main outs.
If you want to pan things on the sub mixer, both main outs will have to be sent to two spare channels of the main mixer, each channel should be panned hard left and hard right.
Be aware that the signal from the sub mixer will be at line level.
If you connect the out(s) to mic level in(s) (xlr) you will exceed the voltage capability of the inputs.....so....let's not go into the inline pads thing.....just be careful, check the metering and turn down the source....don't be surprised if you have to turn it down a lot to avoid clipping the input(s)
cheers

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If irritation occurs

discontinue use.
Aug 6th, 2019 06:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

GREAT advice as always!

cagey
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Canada

numb, yes...comfortable? Not so much
Aug 6th, 2019 06:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Roly. I knew you would have the answer

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