Mackie J1400 Technical information

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“dangerous voltage” within the product’s enclosure that may be
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SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
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Read these instructions.
Keep these instructions.
Heed all warnings.
Follow all instructions.
Do not use this apparatus near water.
Clean only with a dry cloth.
Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance
with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat
registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that
produce heat.
Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or
grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades with
one wider than the other. A grounding-type plug has two
blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or
the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided
plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for
replacement of the obsolete outlet.
Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched
particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point
where they exit from the apparatus.
Only use attachments/accessories specified by the
manufacturer.
Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified
by the manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When a
cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus
combination to avoid injury from tip-over.
Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused
for long periods of time.
Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing
is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any
way, such as when the power-supply cord or plug has been
damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into
the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or
moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
PORTABLE CART WARNING
Carts and stands - The
Component should be used
only with a cart or stand
that is recommended by
the manufacturer.
A Component and cart
combination should be
moved with care. Quick
stops, excessive force, and
uneven surfaces may cause
the Component and cart
combination to overturn.
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15. This apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing,
and no object filled with liquids, such as vases, shall be
placed on the apparatus.
16. This apparatus has been designed with Class-I construction
and must be connected to a mains socket outlet with a
protective earthing connection (the third grounding prong).
17. The MAINS plug or an appliance coupler is used as the
disconnect device, so the disconnect device shall remain
readily operable.
18. This apparatus has been equipped with a double-pole AC
mains power switch. This switch is located on the rear panel
and should remain readily accessible to the user.
19. NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply
with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part
15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and
can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and
used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference
to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to
try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
measures:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
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Increase the separation between the equipment and
the receiver.
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Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is connected.
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Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
CAUTION: Changes or modifications to this device not
expressly approved by LOUD Technologies Inc. could void the
user's authority to operate the equipment under FCC rules.
20. This apparatus does not exceed the Class A/Class B
(whichever is applicable) limits for radio noise emissions
from digital apparatus as set out in the radio interference
regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications.
ATTENTION —Le présent appareil numérique n’émet pas de bruits
radioélectriques dépassant las limites applicables aux appareils numériques
de class A/de class B (selon le cas) prescrites dans le règlement sur le
brouillage radioélectrique édicté par les ministere des communications du
Canada.
21. Exposure to extremely high noise levels may cause permanent
hearing loss. Individuals vary considerably in susceptibility to
noise-induced hearing loss, but nearly everyone will lose some
hearing if exposed to sufficiently intense noise for a period of
time. The U.S. Government’s Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) has specified the permissible noise level
exposures shown in the following chart.
According to OSHA, any exposure in excess of these
permissible limits could result in some hearing loss. To ensure
against potentially dangerous exposure to high sound
pressure levels, it is recommended that all persons exposed to
equipment capable of producing high sound pressure levels
use hearing protectors while the equipment is in operation.
Ear plugs or protectors in the ear canals or over the ears must
be worn when operating the equipment in order to prevent
permanent hearing loss if exposure is in excess of the limits set
forth here:
Duration Per Day Sound Level dBA,
In Hours
Slow Response
8
6
4
3
2
1.5
1
0.5
0.25 or less
90
92
95
97
100
102
105
110
115
Typical
Example
Packed garage concert
VW Bus Peace Train
Cranked psychedelic tunes
High speed chase on C.H.I.P.s
Loudest parts at a Heavy Metal concert
WARNING — To reduce the risk of fire
or electric shock, do not expose this
appliance to rain or moisture.
Contents
Safety Instructions .....................................2
Getting Started..........................................4
Introduction ...............................................5
Hookup Diagrams .....................................6
Rear Panel Features ................................10
1. Power Connection ..................10
2. Power Switch ............................10
3. Speaker-level Outputs .............11
4. Ventilation .................................11
Front Panel Features ...............................12
Connector Section .............................12
5. Mic Inputs..................................12
6. Mono Line Inputs ......................13
7. Stereo Line Inputs .....................13
8. RCA Inputs ................................13
9. Monitor Send ...........................13
10. Tape Outputs ...........................13
11. Main Outputs ...........................13
12. Power Amp Mode Switch .......14
13. Power Amp Inputs ..................14
Channel Controls ................................15
14. High EQ .....................................16
15. Mid EQ.......................................16
16. Low EQ ......................................16
17. Aux Send Mon ..........................17
18. Aux Send FX ..............................17
19. Overload (OL) Led...................17
20. Channel Level ..........................17
21. Gain Switch ..............................17
Master Controls ...................................18
22. Power Led .................................18
23. Phantom Switch and Led .......18
24. Break Switch and Led .............18
25. Main Master Graphic EQ ........18
26. Main Mix Meters .......................19
27. FX To Main .................................19
28. Main Master Level....................19
29. Monitor Graphic EQ ................19
30. Monitor Meter...........................19
31. FX To Monitor ............................19
32. Monitor Master Level ...............20
33. Series 69 EQ ..............................20
Internal Effects.....................................20
34. Preset Selector .........................20
35. OL Led .......................................20
Table of Internal Effects .................21
Appendix A: Service Information ..........22
Appendix B: Connections ......................23
Appendix C: Technical Information ......24
TAPCO Limited Warranty ........................27
Don’t forget to visit our website at www.tapcoworld.com
for more information about this and other TAPCO products.
What me, read a manual?
Your new TAPCO® powered mixer is designed to bring you great joy, as you share your
wonderful skills and love of music with the world. Before you begin, make sure you read the
safety instructions on page 2 and getting started on page 4. You can read the rest of the
manual whenever you get a free moment in your busy schedule.
It is important to keep your receipt in a safe place, and not a bad idea to write your
product information here for future reference (i.e., insurance claims, tech support, return
authorization, etc.).
Product Serial #:
Purchased at:
Date of purchase:
Part No. SW0696 Rev. B 08/08
©2006-2008 LOUD Technologies Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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Getting Started
We realize that you must be
really keen to try out your new
powered mixer, but please
read the safety instructions on
page 2, and this page first.
1.
Turn down all the channel level, mon,
and FX controls.
2.
Set all the EQ controls to the center,
including the graphic EQ sliders.
3.
Turn down the main master level and
monitor master level controls, and turn
on the powered mixer.
4.
For condenser mics, push in the
phantom power switch. If you are using
both condenser and dynamic mics,
don’t worry. Phantom power will not
hurt most dynamic mics. Check the
microphone’s user manual if you’re not
sure.
5.
For each channel 1-6, press the gain
switch in (low gain) if you are using a
line-level source. Press it out (high gain)
if you are using a microphone or other
low-level source.
6.
Play something into an input at realworld levels, and turn up the channel
level to U (unity).
7.
In normal playing, the channel's OL
LED should only light occasionally. If
it stays on for a large portion of your
performance, check that the gain
switch is set correctly.
8.
Slowly turn up the main master level
control until you hear the signal in your
speakers.
You will need a DI box to connect
guitars/instruments to the powered
mixer.
9.
Repeat steps 5 to 7 for the remaining
channels.
Plug your passive speakers (4 ohms or
greater) into the speaker output jacks
on the rear panel. If you plug two
speakers into a side, each speaker must
be 8 ohms or greater to maintain a 4ohm minimum load on the amplifier.
Use at least 18 gauge speaker cable
with 1/4" TS plugs or Speakon® plugs. For
now, set the power amp mode switch
to stereo mains.
11. Adjust the levels to get the best mix.
Keep the level controls fully down on
unused channels.
SETUP
1.
2.
READY, STEADY, GO!
Place the powered mixer in a position
where it is easy to reach the controls.
All the controls and input connections
are located on the front panel so you
can make quick adjustments and
connections on stage.
Make sure there is at least 6 inches of
airspace behind the powered mixer for
ventilation. Use the powered mixer in a
nice clean and dry environment.
CONNECTIONS
1.
Be sure the rear-panel power switch is
off before making any connections.
2.
Push the linecord securely into the
IEC connector on the rear panel, and
plug the other end into a 3-prong AC
outlet that is properly configured for the
voltage of your powered mixer.
3.
4.
5.
Plug a balanced microphone into one
of the mic XLR (3-pin) connectors on
the front panel. Or you can connect a
line-level source (keyboard, or guitar
preamp) to a line input jack using a TRS
1/4" plug.
10. If needed, apply some EQ wisely.
Other Notes
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Only connect the powered mixer's
speaker-level outputs to passive
loudspeakers.
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When shutting down, turn off any
external amplifiers or powered
loudspeakers first. When powering
up, turn on any external amplifiers or
powered loudspeakers last.
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Save the shipping box!
Don’t use guitar cords for speaker
cables! They’re not designed to
handle speaker-level signals and
could overheat.
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Introduction
Thank you for choosing a TAPCO MIX10fxP powered mixer. We grin with happiness over all
the fun you will have.
The TAPCO product line hails back to the days of TAPCO Corporation, Greg Mackie’s
first company. TAPCO revolutionized the audio industry back in 1969 with the very first 6channel mixer specifically designed for keyboards and rock ‘n’ roll.
In essence, TAPCO redefined the price/performance ratio, and made high-quality
professional audio equipment accessible to virtually anyone. Today, TAPCO is reborn
with the same ideals, and is backed by the world-class engineering and manufacturing
horsepower of LOUD Technologies.
This versatile powered mixer can be used in a variety of applications, and we hope you
have a wonderful time using it. With its 10 splendid channels, two powerful amplifiers, and
lightweight power supply, all fitted into a box smaller than a medium-sized pirate’s treasure
chest, it makes the ideal companion for those who want to spread their musical love.
Here’s a quick look at all the features packed into the powered mixer:
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Two internal power amplifiers, each
rated at 500 watts peak into 4 ohms
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7-band stereo graphic EQ on the
main outputs
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Two selectable amplifier modes
(stereo mains, mono-main/monitor)
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7-band graphic EQ on the monitor
output
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10 channels.
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XLR microphone inputs on all
channels
Stereo meters on main mix, and
mono meter on monitor mix
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Overload LED on each channel
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Break switch mutes channels 1-8
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Speakon and 1/4" power amp
speaker-level outputs
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Series 69 EQ switch for enhanced
clarity and low-frequency response
with TAPCO Series 69 passive
speakers
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Top-mounted handle for easy and
joyous transport from gig to gig
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Can be placed in wedge position for
easy access to controls during gig
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Ultra-lightweight and portable
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This powered mixer with all its knobs,
buttons and lights, will make you
almost completely irresistible
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People will love the way you fix your
hair, find you charming, and laugh at
all your jokes
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TRS Line-level inputs (mono on Ch. 1
to 6, stereo on Ch. 7 and 8)
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RCA stereo inputs on Ch. 9 and 10
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3-band EQ on each channel
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Separate Aux mon and FX controls
on each channel
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Monitor send line-level output
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Main mix stereo line-level output
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RCA stereo tape outputs for
recording the main mix
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Amplifier line-level inputs allow the
connection of external mixers if more
channels are needed
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Phantom power can be applied to
all mic inputs
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16 built-in TAPCO-designed effects
from an internal digital processor
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Hookup Diagrams
Club System
Microphones
Electric
Guitar
Acoustic Guitar
and Mic
Amp Mode
switch set to
Stereo Main
DB-1A
DI Box
6915 Passive Speakers
(plays stereo main mix)
Recorder
Keyboard
TAPCO J-2500
Power Amplifier
Pole Mount
TAPCO Thump-15A Powered Speakers
used as Stage Monitors
6918s Passive Subwoofers
This diagram shows microphones attached to channels 1 to 4, an electric guitar connected via a TAPCO DB-1A
DI box to channel 5, an acoustic guitar and mic to channel 6, and a keyboard attached to channel 7's stereo
inputs. A portable recorder is attached to the stereo tape outputs to record the performance.
TAPCO Thump TH15A powered speakers are connected to the monitor send, and are set up as stage monitors.
The aux mon controls of each channel allow you to create a stage monitor mix that is independent of the main
mix. Use the monitor graphic EQ to adjust the stage monitor EQ as desired.
TAPCO 6915 passive speakers are connected to the speaker-level power output of the powered mixer, and they
play the main stereo mix to your audience. The Series 69 EQ switch is engaged to enhance the performance
with these Series 69 speakers. TAPCO 6918s passive subwoofers are powered by a TAPCO J-2500 power amplifier,
connected to the main line outputs to reinforce the low end in your system.
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House of Worship
6912 Passive Speakers
Microphones
Electric
Guitar
Acoustic Guitar
and Mic
Amp Mode
switch set to
Stereo Main
DB-1A
DI Box
6912 Passive Speakers
CD/DVD
Player
Keyboard 1
Thump TH-15A
Powered Speakers
in Overflow Room
or Cry Room
Keyboard 2
TAPCO J-2500
Power Amplifier
TAPCO Link.USB
USB
Laptop
Stage Monitors
This diagram shows microphones attached to channels 1 to 4, an electric guitar connected via a TAPCO DB-1A
DI box to channel 5, a guitar mic to channel 6, keyboards attached to channel 7 and 8 stereo inputs, and a
CD/DVD player connected to channel 9's RCA inputs. A TAPCO Link.USB Digital Audio Interface is attached to
the stereo tape outputs to record the performance via USB onto a laptop.
A TAPCO J-2500 power amplifier is connected to the line-level monitor send output, and powers four passive
stage monitors, two per side.
TAPCO 6912 passive speakers are connected to the speaker-level power output of the powered mixer, and
they play the main mix to your audience. There are two per side, connected in parallel, (minimum impedance
of 4 ohms per side).
TAPCO Thump TH15A powered speakers are connected to the main line-level outputs, and are set up to play
the main mix to an overflow room. Alternatively, you could run Thump TH18s powered subwoofers to reinforce
the low end in your main room.
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Band Practice
Electric
Guitar
Floor Monitors
(play monitor mix)
Vocal
Microphones
Bass
Guitar
Drum Kit Mics
Guitar
Processor
Amp Mode
switch set to
Main/Mon
DI Box
6912 Passive Speakers
(plays mono main mix)
CD Player
iPod Dock
TAPCO Link.USB
Digital Audio Interface
USB
Pole Mount
Laptop
Thump TH-18s Powered Subwoofers
This diagram shows drum kit microphones connected to channels 1 to 4, a guitar connected via a TAPCO
DI box to channel 5, a guitar processor connected to the line input of channel 6, vocal mics connected to
channels 7 and 8, a CD player connected to channel 9's stereo RCA inputs, and an iPod dock connected to
channel 10's stereo RCA inputs. A TAPCO Link.USB Digital Audio Interface is attached to the stereo tape outputs
to record the performance via USB to a laptop.
The amp mode switch is set to main/mon. Passive stage monitors are connected to the speaker-level Ch.B
output, and play the monitor mix for your performers. TAPCO 6912 passive speakers are connected to the
speaker-level Ch.A output, and they play the main mono mix to your audience. TAPCO Thump TH18s powered
subwoofers are connected to the main line-level outputs, to reinforce the low end in your system.
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Outdoor gig
Electric
Guitar
Bass
Guitar
Acoustic Guitar
and Mic
Vocal
Microphones
Drum Kit Mics
DI Box
Gtr
Proc.
Amp Mode
switch set to
Stereo Main
6912 Passive Speakers
(play stereo main mix)
TAPCO J-1400
Power Amplifier
TAPCO J-2500
Power Amplifier
Recorder
Stage Monitors
6925 Passive Speakers
(play stereo main mix)
This diagram shows drum kit microphones connected to channels 1 to 4, a guitar connected via a TAPCO DI
box to channel 5, a guitar processor connected to the line input of channel 6, an acoustic guitar with guitar
mic connected to channel 7, and vocal mics connected to channels 8, 9 and 10.
A TAPCO J-1400 power amplifier is connected to the line-level monitor send output, and powers two passive
stage monitors. Monitor EQ can be adjusted with the monitor graphic EQ, and internal FX added.
A portable recorder is attached to the stereo tape RCA outputs to record the performance.
The amp mode switch is set to stereo mains. TAPCO 6912 passive speakers are connected to the speaker-level
outputs, and they play the main stereo mix to your audience. A TAPCO J-2500 power amplifier is connected to
the main line-level outputs, and supplies speaker-level power to 6925 passive speakers to reinforce the volume
for outdoor events.
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Rear Panel Features
2
3
1
4
1. POWER CONNECTION
2. POWER SWITCH
This jack accepts the supplied 3-prong IEC
AC power cord.
Press the top of this rocker switch to turn
on the mixer. The front panel power LED (22)
will glow with happiness, or at least it will if
you have the mixer plugged into a suitable
live AC mains supply.
Before you plug the AC power
cord into the powered mixer, make
sure that the voltage of your unit
is the same voltage as your local
AC mains supply. Use only the power cord
supplied. Also, disconnecting the plug’s
ground pin is dangerous. Please don’t do it.
Press the bottom of this switch to turn off
the mixer, whenever you feel that this would
be a safe thing to do. Half-way through a
guitar solo by RagnaKX, self-proclaimed
Rock-Master-General from the Metal Planet
Tarquin-5 might not be such a good time.
As a general guide, you should turn on
your mixer first, before any external power
amplifiers or powered speakers, and turn it
off last. This will reduce the possibility of any
turn-on, or turn-off thumps in your speakers.
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3. SPEAKER-LEVEL OUTPUTS
4. VENTILATION
These output connections provide
speaker-level output power from the
internal power amplifiers to your passive
speakers. The peak power output is 500
watts per channel into 4 ohms.
Do not obstruct these ventilation slots, or
the internal amplifiers may overheat and
shut down.
Allow at least six inches of free space
behind the powered mixer when in use.
Only passive loudspeakers should
be connected to these speakerlevel outputs.
The outputs can be selected with the
amp mode switch (12) to be either the
stereo main mix, or the mono main mix on
output A, and the monitor mix on output B.
Two common types of connector are
provided for your convenience: Speakons®
and 1/4" TS.
Mono Speakon Connection
1–
1+
COLD
HOT
1–
1+
2+
2–
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Speakon outputs are wired Pin 1+
positive (hot) and Pin 1– negative
(cold).
1/4" TS Connection
SLEEVE
SLEEVE
TIP
TIP
TIP
SLEEVE
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1/4" TS outputs are wired Tip positive,
and Sleeve negative.
These two types of outputs are wired in
parallel, and it is possible to use both types
at once.
The minimum impedance that
the powered mixer can handle
is 4 ohms per channel, and we
recommend that you do not go
below this. If you are using both output styles
per channel, make sure each loudspeaker is
8 ohms impedance or greater.
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Front Panel Features
22
23
24
14
15
25
26
27
16
28
17
29
18
30
31
19
20
32
21
6
5
34
6
5
6
5
6
5
6
5
7
7
8
8
5
5
5
5
35
6
5
33
13
9
10 11
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Connector Section
This is where you plug things in, such as:
microphones, line-level instruments, guitar
preamps and effects, recorders, external
amplifiers, powered monitors, powered
subwoofers etc. (The speaker-level outputs
from the internal power amplifiers are on
the rear panel.) Check out the hookup
diagrams for some connection ideas. See
Appendix B (page 23) for further details
and some rather lovely drawings of the
connectors you can use with your powered
mixer.
Microphone-level signals are passed
through the mixer's splendid microphone
preamplifiers to become line-level signals.
Because more gain is required to boost the
microphone level signals, make sure the
gain switch (21) is in the out (high) position
when you are using microphones. The mic
inputs for channels 7 to 10 have no gain
switch; the mic gain is fixed at the low gain
setting of channels 1 to 6.
5. MIC INPUTS
PHANTOM POWER
We use phantom-powered, balanced
microphone inputs just like the big tour
mega-consoles, for exactly the same
reason: This kind of circuit is excellent at
rejecting hum and noise. You can plug in
almost any kind of mic that has a standard
XLR-type male mic connector.
Most modern professional condenser
mics require phantom power, which lets the
mixer send low-current DC voltage to the
mic’s electronics through the same wires
that carry audio. (Semi-pro condenser mics
often have batteries to accomplish the
same thing.) “Phantom” owes its name to
an ability to be “unseen” by dynamic mics
(Shure SM57/SM58, for instance), which
don’t need external power and aren’t
affected by it anyway.
Professional ribbon, dynamic, and
condenser mics all sound excellent through
these inputs. The mic inputs will handle
any kind of mic level you can toss at them,
without overloading.
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The microphone signals appear equally in
the left and right of the main mix.
The mixer's phantom power is globally
controlled by the phantom (23) switch on
the front panel. (Phantom power for all mics
is turned on and off together.)
Never plug single-ended
(unbalanced) microphones, or
ribbon mics into the mic input jacks
if phantom power is on. Do not
plug instrument outputs into the mic XLR
input jacks with phantom power on, unless
you know for certain it is safe to do so.
6. MONO LINE INPUTS (CH. 1 to 6)
These 1/4" jacks share circuitry (but not
phantom power) with the mic preamps,
and can be driven by balanced or
unbalanced sources.
To connect balanced lines to these inputs,
use a 1⁄4" Tip-Ring-Sleeve (TRS) plug.
To connect unbalanced lines to these
inputs, use a 1⁄4" mono (TS) phone plug or
instrument cable.
The mono line-level signals appear
equally in the left and right of the main mix.
7. STEREO LINE INPUTS (CH. 7 and 8)
In addition to a mic input, channels 7
and 8 each have stereo line inputs. If you
just have a mono source, plug it into the
left input of channel 7 or 8 (labeled mono),
and the signal will appear (as if by magic)
equally on the left and right of the main mix.
Stage monitors allow the talented
musicians in your band to hear themselves
clearly on stage, and this can often be a
good thing. The monitor output can be
carefully adjusted in level using the channel
aux mon controls (17). If they want "more
me, and less Keith," you can turn up their
channel's mon control, and turn down
Keith's.
The monitor signal is the sum (mix) of all
the channels whose mon control (17) is set
to more than minimum. The overall output
level can be adjusted with the monitor
master level (32) and its EQ tweaked with
the monitor graphic EQ (29).
The monitor output is not affected by
the main master level (28), or the channel
level controls (20). This allows you to set up
the monitor mix and level just right, and not
have it change every time a channel level
or the main mix level is adjusted.
10. TAPE OUTPUTS
These stereo unbalanced RCA outputs
allow you to record the main stereo mix
onto a tape deck, hard disk recorder,
automatic CD burner, or a computer, etc.
This allows you to make a recording for
posterity/archive/legal purposes whenever
the band gets back together again.
The tape output is the stereo main mix,
not affected by the main master level (28),
or the main graphic EQ (25).
8. RCA INPUTS (CH. 9 and 10)
11. MAIN OUTPUTS
In addition to a mic input, channels 9
and 10 each have RCA line inputs, suitable
for connecting the line-level, unbalanced
output from CD players, tape decks, iPod
docks etc. These inputs are not affected by
the break switch (24), so you can play CDs
or background music in your system when
the band is taking a break.
These 1/4" balanced TRS outputs supply
the stereo main mix at line-level. You can
connect these outputs to the line-level
inputs of external power amplifiers running
passive loudspeakers, or to the inputs of
powered loudspeakers (or not use them at
all if you don't have the external gear).
9. MONITOR SEND
These outputs play the same signal as the
rear-panel speaker-level outputs (3) (when
set to stereo mains), only at line-level.
This 1/4" TRS connector allows you to
send the monitor line-level output to stage
monitors. These could either be passive
stage monitors powered by an external
amplifier, or powered stage monitors with
their own amplifier built in.
These outputs can also be used to feed
an external stereo effects processor or other
device, and have the processed output
of that device feed the power amp inputs
(13). This places the device in-line and it will
affect the main mix.
Another idea is to run this output to the
inputs of a powered subwoofer to reinforce
the bass in your system.
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12. POWER AMP MODE SWITCH
This two-position switch
lets you choose which signal
paths from the mixer section
are sent to the internal power
amplifiers. It only affects the
speaker-level outputs (3).
Stereo Mains
In the upper switch position, the output
from channel A is the left side of the
main mix, and the output from channel
B is the right side of the main mix.
Choose this position to play a stereo
show.
Mains/Monitor
In the lower switch position, channel A
is the main mix (in mono), and channel
B is the monitor mix. In this setup, you
could run a mono PA system on channel
A, and a passive stage monitor system
on channel B.
13. POWER AMP INPUTS
These 1/4" TS unbalanced inputs allow you
to connect line-level signals directly to the
input of the internal power amplifiers.
The internal amplifiers will then only play
the audio that enters here from the outside
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world. The master level (28), graphic EQ
(25), and amp mode switch [12] will have
no effect, and the meters (26) will not show
the levels. Only the series 69 EQ switch [33]
will affect the output. Plugging anything into
these inputs does not affect the line-level
outputs.
You could patch a device between the
main outputs [11] and these inputs, in which
case, the controls and meters will work,
except for the amp mode switch.
These inputs are also useful when you
need more channels than the powered
mixer provides. You could connect the linelevel outputs from an external mixer, and
use this external mixer to control the mix
and levels playing in loudspeakers attached
to the powered mixer. You could also
connect the main line-level outputs (11) to
the external mixer to merge the powered
mixer’s channels and the external mixer’s,
for even more channels.
The external mixer or device will
control the volume, so turn it down
at first, or the powered mixer may
come on at full volume.
Channel Controls
Stereo Channels 7 to 10
The 10 vertical channel strips look very
similar, with only a few differences between
them. Each channel works independently,
and controls the signals plugged into the
inputs directly below it.
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Channels 7 and 8 are stereo channels,
and their controls affect both the mono
mic input (5), and stereo line-level input
(7). (The mono mic input of each stereo
channel is split equally to left and right).
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Channels 9 and 10 are stereo channels,
and their controls affect both the mono
mic input (5), and stereo RCA inputs
(8). (The mono mic input of each stereo
channel is split equally to left and right).
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The stereo channel EQ (14-16) is a 3band design just like the mono channel
EQ.
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The channel gain is fixed.
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“U” like Unity gain
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The “U” symbol on almost every level
control stands for “unity gain,” meaning no
change in signal level. The labels on the
controls are measured in decibels (dB), so
you’ll know what you’re doing level-wise if
you choose to change a control setting.
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Signal Flow
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The block diagram on page 26 shows the
signal flow, but here is a short description of
the flow through the channel strip section:
1.
The mic inputs and mono line inputs
of mono channels 1 to 6, each feed a
preamplifier whose gain is set by the
gain switch (21). The stereo channel
inputs (mic, 1/4” and RCA) do not have
a gain switch.
2.
The EQ section (14-16) is available
to adjust the signal as required, with
adjustments in the low, mid, and high
frequency range.
3.
The mon control [17] taps the signal off
just before the channel level controls, so
the stage monitor level is not affected
by changing the channel levels. (It is
affected by channel EQ.)
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Mono Channels 1–6
Stereo Channels 7–10
Mono Channels 1 to 6
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Channels 1 to 6 are mono channels,
and their controls affect both the mono
mic input (5) and the mono line-level
input (6).
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The 3-band EQ (14-16) has shelving-high,
shelving-low, and peaking-mid EQ.
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The mono signals are split equally to the
left and right of the main mix.
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The gain switch (21) allows you to select
between high gain for microphone level
inputs, or low gain for line-level inputs or
strong mic signals.
The channel level controls (20) allow
you to adjust how much of each
channel is added to the main mix.
5.
The FX control [18] taps the signal after
the channel level, so any change in
channel level will affect the signal
reaching the internal effects processor.
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CHANNEL EQUALIZATION (EQ)
14. HIGH EQ
Each channel has 3-band equalization:
low shelving, mid peaking, and high
shelving. It’s probably all the EQ you’ll ever
need! Shelving means that the circuitry
boosts or cuts all frequencies past the
specified frequency. For example, the low
EQ boosts bass frequencies below 80 Hz
and continues down to the lowest note you
never heard. Peaking means that certain
frequencies form a “hill” around the center
frequency.
The high EQ provides up to 15 dB of boost
or cut above 12 kHz, and is flat at the center
detent. Use it to add sizzle to cymbals, an
overall sense of transparency, or an edge to
keyboards, vocals, guitar and bacon frying.
Turn it down a little to reduce sibilance or to
mask tape hiss.
With too much EQ, you can really upset
things. We’ve designed a lot of boost and
cut into each equalizer circuit because
we know that everyone will occasionally
need that. But if you max the EQ on every
channel, you’ll get mix mush. Equalize subtly
and use the left sides of the knobs (cut), as
well as the right (boost). If you find yourself
repeatedly using full boost or cut, consider
altering the sound source, such as placing a
mic differently, trying a different kind of mic,
changing the strings, or hiring a new lead
singer.
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15. MID EQ
The mid EQ provides up to 15 dB of boost
or cut at 2.5 kHz, and is flat at the center
detent. Midrange EQ is often thought of as
the most dynamic, because the frequencies
that define any particular sound are almost
always found in this range. You can create
many interesting and useful EQ changes by
turning this knob down, as well as up.
16. LOW EQ
The low EQ provides up to 15 dB of boost
or cut below 80 Hz. The circuit is flat (no
boost or cut) at the center detent position.
This frequency represents the punch in bass
drums, bass guitar, fat synth patches, and
some really serious male singers who eat
raw beef for breakfast.
17. AUX SEND MON
20. CHANNEL LEVEL
This control allows you set up a nice
monitor mix, independent of the main mix.
Adjust these controls on each channel until
your band is happy with the stage monitor
mix. The controls are off when turned fully
down, deliver unity gain at the center
detent, and can provide up to 15 dB of gain
turned fully up. Adjustments to the channel
level (20) or main master level (28) will not
affect the monitor output (9), but channel
EQ (14-16) and gain (21) will.
This adjusts the level of each channel sent
to the main mix. The “U” mark indicates unity
gain, meaning no increase or decrease
of signal level. All the way up provides an
additional 15 dB, should you need to boost
a section of the band. If you find that the
overall level is too quiet or too loud with the
level near unity, check that the gain switch
is set correctly.
Speaker-level output B (3) can power
passive stage monitors if you set the amp
mode switch (12) down.
Monitor send (9) is a line-level output
that is used to send the monitor signal out
to external stage monitiors. These could be
powered stage monitors, or power amplifiers
running passive stage monitors.
18. AUX SEND FX
These controls allow you to send a sample
of each channel's signal to the internal FX
processor.
Carefully adjust each control to set up the
FX mix as desired. The controls are off when
turned fully down, deliver unity gain at the
center detent, and can provide up to 15 dB
of gain turned fully up.
If you set these controls too high, the
processor’s OL LED (35) may light, showing
that the internal processor is being
overloaded. If this happens, turn down
these controls down.
21. GAIN SWITCH
Press this in (low) if you are connecting a
line-level input source to channels 1 to 6.
Press this out (high) if you are connecting
a microphone-level signal to channels 1
to 6. A strong mic signal, such as from a
kick drum mic, or hot condenser mic, may
require the low setting.
This is the first control that the input signals
meet. It allows you to choose the level
depending on the type of input source you
have connected. If it is set incorrectly, then
the input signals may overload the mixer,
causing distortion, or it may come in too
low, and be lost in noise.
The gain switch allows you to make the
initial level adjustment, appropriate for the
connected device (mic or instrument, for
example). The channel level controls (20)
are more for fine-tuning, to balance the
channels appropriately for the song.
The processed output from the internal FX
processor can be added to the main mix
with the FX to main control (27), or added
to the monitor mix with the FX to monitor
control (31). Select different presets using
the preset selector (34), experiment and
have fun.
19. OVERLOAD (OL) LED
This LED will come on when the channel’s
input signal is too high. This should be
avoided, as distortion will occur.
If the LED is coming on regularly, check
that the gain switch (21) is set correctly for
your input device: Set it to low if you are
using a line-level input or have a strong
mic signal. Set it to high if you are using a
microphone input.
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Most modern professional condenser
mics require phantom power. Semi-pro
condenser mics often have batteries to
accomplish the same thing. “Phantom”
owes its name to an ability to be “unseen”
by dynamic mics which don’t need external
power and aren’t affected by it anyway.
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Never plug single-ended
(unbalanced) microphones, or
ribbon mics into the mic input jacks
if phantom power is on. Do not
plug instrument outputs into the mic input
jacks with phantom power on, unless you
know for certain it is safe to do so.
24. BREAK SWITCH and LED
This important switch quickly mutes
channels 1 to 8 when the band is taking
a break. This will prevent rogue karaoke
singers from using the microphones at
the interval. The monitor output (9) and
the drive signal to the internal FX are also
muted. The LED will come on as a reminder
that the break switch is engaged. Check
this LED and switch first if you are having
trouble with no sound in your system.
Channel 9 and 10 mic inputs are also
affected by the break switch, but the RCA
inputs aren’t. This allows you to play a
soothing CD while the band is off-stage.
Master Controls
25. MAIN MASTER GRAPHIC EQ
22. POWER LED
This 7-band stereo graphic equalizer
adjusts the main mix output. It affects the
line-level outputs (11), as well as the main
speaker-level outputs (3).
This LED comes on when the powered
mixer is plugged into the correct-voltage
AC mains supply, and the rear panel power
switch (2) is on.
If the LED does not turn on, make sure the
AC power is live, both ends of the power
cord are correctly inserted, your electricity
bill has been paid, and the lights in town are
on.
23. PHANTOM SWITCH and LED
If your microphones need phantom
power, press this switch in to add it to all the
XLR microphone inputs of the mixer. This lets
the mixer send low-current DC voltage to
the mic’s electronics through the same wires
that carry audio. The LED will turn on as a
reminder that phantom power is engaged.
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Each slider allows you to adjust the level
of its frequency band, with up to 12 dB of
boost or cut, and no change in level at the
center (0 dB) position. The frequency bands
are: 125, 250, 500, 1 k, 2 k, 4 k, and 8 kHz.
The graphic EQ section comes after the
main master level (28), and just before the
main meters (26). As you adjust the EQ,
keep an eye on the meters in case you
over-do it and take the levels into overload.
As with the channel EQ, just take it easy.
There is a large amount of adjustment, and
if you are not careful, you can upset the
delicate balance of nature. Although it
may not seem cool to actually turn down
controls, with EQ it is often your best option.
Turn down the offending frequency range,
rather than boost the wanted range. You
can reduce the level of some frequency
bands where feedback occurs.
26. MAIN MIX METERS
Developed from a harmless ex-NATO
hamster hypnotizer, these stereo meters
show the level of the left and right main mix,
after it has passed through the main master
level (28) and graphic EQ (25).
The top LEDs are marked CLIP, and
you should adjust the levels to stop these
coming on.
When power amplifiers are pushed
beyond their maximum rated output, the
peak audio signals flatten out (clip), as they
can go no higher than the amp’s power
supplies. Clipping can easily damage your
speakers, even those that are rated beyond
what your power amp can deliver.
27. FX TO MAIN
This knob lets you adjust the overall level
of the internal effects being added to the
main mix. It is a stereo control, as the output
from the internal effects processor is stereo
and is added to the left and right main mix.
Adjust the FX level being added,
compared to the other channels playing in
the main mix.
and fully up provides 12 dB of additional
gain. This additional gain will typically never
be needed, but once again, it’s nice to
know it’s there. The level control is stereo, as
it affects both the left and right of the main
mix equally. This is the control to turn down
at the end of the song when you want a
gentle fade out into applause (or stunned
and awkward silence).
29. MONITOR GRAPHIC EQ
This 7-band graphic equalizer adjusts the
monitor mix output. It affects the line-level
monitor output (9), and speaker-level output
channel B (3) if it is playing a monitor.
Each slider allows you to adjust the level
of its frequency band, with up to 12 dB of
boost or cut, and no change in level at the
center (0 dB) position. The frequency bands
are: 125, 250, 500, 1 k, 2 k, 4 k, and 8 kHz.
The EQ section comes after the monitor
level (32), and just before the monitor meter
(30). Therefore, as you adjust the EQ, keep
an eye on the meter in case you over-do it
and take the levels into clipping. As with the
channel EQ, just take it easy.
The sliders will help you reduce the levels
in the stage monitors of the frequency
ranges that could cause feedback from
nearby microphones.
At the fully-down position, no effects are
added, the center U mark is unity gain, and
10 dB of effects gain is available at the fully
clockwise position.
30. MONITOR METER
28. MAIN MASTER LEVEL
The top LED is marked CLIP, and you
should adjust the levels to avoid this coming
on.
This knob controls the level of the main
mix, and affects the meters (26), main linelevel outputs (11), and the main speakerlevel outputs (3). The level adjustment
occurs before the main graphic EQ (25).
This gives you ultimate control over your
audience. Adjust it carefully, with your
good eye on the meters to check against
clipping, and your good ear on the levels to
make sure your audience is happy.
The control does not affect the tape
output (10), monitor output (9), or internal
power amp B if it is playing a monitor.
The main mix signals are off with the level
fully down, the “U” marking is unity gain,
This meter shows you the level of the
monitor mix, after it has passed through the
monitor level (32) and graphic EQ (29).
31. FX TO MONITOR
This knob lets you control how much of
the internal effects is added to the monitor
output. The output from the internal effects
processor is stereo, summed to mono and
added to the monitor mix.
Adjust the FX level being added,
compared to the other channels playing in
the monitor mix.
At the fully-down position, no effects are
added, the center U mark is unity gain, and
there is 10 dB of effects gain at the fully
clockwise position.
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33. SERIES 69 EQ
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If you are using TAPCO Series 69 passive
speakers such as the wonderful 6912,
6915, and 6925, then press this switch for
enhanced clarity and low-frequency
response.
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If you are not using TAPCO speakers,
then press it anyway and listen for an
improvement. The circuit does not affect
the line-level outputs. Only loudspeakers
connected to the rear panel speaker-level
outputs (3) will be affected.
Internal Effects
The internal effects processor is a monoin, stereo-out effects processor, with 16
custom presets. It is fed by adjusting the FX
control (18) on each channel.
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The output from the processor can be
added to the main mix and/or monitor mix
by adjusting the FX to main (27) and FX to
monitor (31) controls.
32. MONITOR MASTER LEVEL
This knob controls the overall level of the
monitor mix, and affects the monitor meter
(30), monitor send line-level output (9), and
the speaker-level output B (3) if the internal
amplifier is playing the monitor mix. The level
adjustment occurs before the monitor EQ
(29) in the signal path.
This gives you ultimate control over your
stage monitors. Adjust it carefully, with your
good eye on the monitor meter (30) to
guard against clipping. Check that your
band are happy with the levels. A happy
band makes for a happy you, and you may
even get paid. The control does not affect
the main mix level.
The monitor mix signals are off with
the level fully down, the “U” marking is
unity gain, and fully up provides 12 dB of
additional gain.
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Each preset has been carefully handcrafted by our Tapwegian engineers for
your enjoyment and listening pleasure. This
processor is also doing the calculations that
hold together the very fabric of the lunchtime continuum. If your lunchtimes seem to
fly by, choose a delay preset 11 or higher.
34. PRESET SELECTOR
Rotate this control to select one of the
16 effects. When you stop the rotation,
that preset will be loaded and become
operational. The different presets are
described in loving detail in the table on the
next page.
35. OL LED
This LED illuminates when the effects
processor is being overloaded with too
strong a signal (OL). Turn down the channel
aux send FX level (18) controls if it is.
LED is short for light-emitting-doohicky.
TABLE OF INTERNAL EFFECTS
No.
Title
Description
Example of its use
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ROOM 1
This room has a bright tone with lots of
scattered reflections to simulate harder,
more reflective surfaces.
Useful on vocals that require a
brighter reverb to cut through
the mix, or for giving acoustic
instruments a livelier vibe.
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ROOM 2
This preset features a medium sized
room/lounge sound, with just enough
enhancement of the lower mids to
produce a warm tone.
Useful for vocals on songs that
require a larger, more “wet” sound,
or for giving dimension to bright
horns without adding harshness.
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ROOM 3
This preset simulates the sound of a small
concert stage, with a medium reverb time
and reverberant space.
Useful for vocals or guitars in fast
paced, high-energy songs that call
for a “live” sounding reverberation.
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ROOM 4
This reverb has a warm bodied tone and
medium long reverb time to simulate the
live acoustics of a theater space.
Perfect for vocals, drums, acoustic
and electric guitars, keyboards, and
more.
5
HALL 1
This reverb simulates the sound of a
spacious, yet cozy, heavily draped and
carpeted concert hall with an especially
warm tone.
Perfect for adding natural concert
hall ambience to close-mic’ed
orchestral instruments.
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HALL 2
This hall reverb is characterized by its large,
spacious sound, long pre-delay, and
vibrant tone.
Adds life to acoustic instruments
and vocals from solos to full-on
symphonies and choirs.
7
PLATE
This preset emulates vintage mechanical
reverberation that was generated with a
metal plate. Its sound is characterized by
lots of early reflections and no pre-delay.
Perfect for thickening percussive
instruments, such as a snare drum,
or tight vocal arrangements.
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CATHEDRAL
This reverb emulates the extremely long
tails, dense diffusion and long pre-delays
and reflections that would be found in a
very large, stone walled house of worship.
Gives amazing depth to choirs,
wind instruments, organs, and soft
acoustic guitars.
9
CHORUS
This preset provides a soft, ethereal
sweeping effect that is useful for
thickening and for making a particular
sound pop out of the mix.
Perfect for enhancement of electric
and acoustic guitar and bass, or to
add a dramatic effect to vocals,
particularly group harmonies and
choirs.
10
CHORUS + REVERB
This preset perfectly combines the chorus
effect above with a large, roomy reverb.
This lets you both thicken your sound
with the chorus effect while adding
warmth and spaciousness thanks to
the smooth reverb.
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DELAY 1 (50 MS)
This effect simulates the sound of a vocal
or instrument being recorded twice
(double tracked) on a multi-track recorder.
Provides a vibe that is similar to
chorus without the subtle swirl.
This effect provides a single, relatively rapid
delay of the original signal, with the added
warmth that vintage tape-based echo
units provided.
Often used on vocals for a 1950’s
era feel, or on guitars for a surf-type
tone. Often used by people whose
favorite number is 12.
These delay presets provide three repeats
of the original signal. The default delay
time for each preset is shown in ms - the
smaller the time, the faster the delay.
These work best with full, up-beat
music like rock where the delay
needs to cut through the mix.
DOUBLER
12
DELAY 2 (180 MS)
TAPE SLAP
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DELAY 3 (300MS)
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DELAY 4 (380MS)
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DELAY 5 (480 MS)
16
REVERB + DELAY
(250MS)
This effect combines the Room 4 reverb
effect with the echoes of the 3-repeat
delay effect.
Perfect for thickening vocals while
adding dimensions, it can also be
used as a spacey effect on electric
guitars.
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PUNK (probably
not available)
Turns all lyrics into those of teenage
rebellion about never having a nice
girlfriend/car/dad/mom/school/job.
Perfect for spelling bees and
primary school concerts.
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Appendix A: Service Information
If you think your TAPCO powered mixer
has a problem, please check out the
following troubleshooting tips and do
your best to confirm the problem. Visit
the “Talk To Us” section of our website
(www.tapcoworld.com) and contact
our technical support heroes and get
some ideas. You may find the answer to
the problem without having to send your
powered mixer away.
Troubleshooting
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Unplug anything from the main line-level
outputs, or other line-level outputs, just in
case one of your external pieces has a
problem.
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You may be overdriving the amplifiers.
Check the loudspeaker average load
impedance is not less than 4 ohms.
Check the speaker wiring. Check that
the meter CLIP LEDs do not come on.
Noise
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Bad Channel
Turn the channel levels down, one by
one. If the sound disappears, it’s either
that channel or whatever is plugged
into it, so unplug whatever that is. If
the noise disappears, it’s from your
whatever.
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Is the break switch on?
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Is the EQ set up nicely?
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Is the gain switch set correctly?
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Is the level up enough?
Power
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Is the channel OL LED on?
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Try the same source signal in another
channel, set up exactly like the suspect
channel.
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Is phantom power required for your
microphones?
Bad Output
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Is the main master level control turned
up?
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Are the graphic EQs set to reasonable
levels?
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Is the FX level going to the main mix too
high (OL LED on)?
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If it’s one of the main speaker-level
outputs, try unplugging its companion.
For example, if it’s the 1/4" left main
output, unplug the left Speakon output.
If the problem goes away, it’s not the
powered mixer.
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If a left speaker is presumed dead,
connect it to the right output instead.
If the problem stays with the same
speaker, check the speaker wiring, or
any speaker fuses.
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The power LED should come on if the
powered mixer is connected to a
suitable live AC mains outlet, and the
power switch is on. Check the power
cord is securely plugged in.
Repair
For warranty repair or replacement, refer
to the warranty information on page 27.
Non-warranty repair for TAPCO products
is available at a factory-authorized service
center. To locate your nearest service
center, call our Tech Support department
at 1-877-827-2669, Monday-Friday, 7 am to
5 pm Pacific Time, to explain the problem.
Tech Support will tell you where the nearest
factory-authorized service center is located
in your area.
Appendix B: Connections
“XLR” Connectors
SLEEVE
TAPCO mixers use 3-pin female “XLR”
connectors on all microphone inputs, with
pin 1 wired to the grounded (earthed)
shield, pin 2 wired to the “high” (”hot” or
positive polarity) side of the audio signal,
and pin 3 wired to the “low” (“cold” or
negative polarity) side of the signal. See
Figure A.
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SHIELD
SLEEVE
TIP
TIP
TIP
SLEEVE
Figure C: TS Plug
TS plugs are used in many different
applications, always unbalanced. The tip
is connected to the audio signal and the
sleeve to ground (earth). Some examples:
HOT
COLD
SHIELD
COLD 3
HOT
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3
Unbalanced microphones
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Electric guitars and electronic
instruments
•
Unbalanced line-level connections
•
Speaker connections
1
2
SHIELD
Don’t use guitar cords for speaker cables!
They’re not designed to handle speakerlevel signals and could overheat.
COLD
2
•
HOT
Figure A: XLR Connectors
Use a male “XLR”-type connector, usually
found on the nether end of what is called a
“mic cable,” to connect to the female XLR
jacks of the powered mixer.
1/4" TRS Phone Plugs and Jacks
RCA Plugs and Jacks
RCA-type plugs (also known as phono
plugs) and jacks are often used in home
stereo and video equipment and in many
other applications (Figure D).
SLEEVE TIP SLEEVE TIP
“TRS” stands for Tip-Ring-Sleeve, the three
connections available on a “stereo” 1⁄4" or
“balanced” phone jack or plug. See Figure
B.
RING SLEEVE
SLEEVE RING TIP
TIP
Figure D: RCA Plug
Connect the signal to the center post
and the ground (earth) or shield to the
surrounding “basket.”
RING
TIP
Speakons
SLEEVE
Figure B: 1/4" TRS Plugs
Balanced 1⁄4" TRS plugs are connected tip
to signal high (hot), ring to signal low (cold),
and sleeve to ground (earth).
When using the Speakon outputs to
connect your loudspeakers, wire the
Speakon connectors as shown in figure E:
1–
1+
1/4" TS Phone Plugs and Jacks
COLD
“TS” stands for Tip-Sleeve, the two
connections available on a “mono” 1⁄4"
phone jack or plug. See Figure C.
HOT
1–
1+
2+
2–
Figure E: Speakon Connection
Speakon outputs are wired Pin 1+ positive
(hot) and Pin 1– negative (cold).
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Appendix C: Technical Information
Specifications
Distortion (THD + N)
(1 kHz, A-Weighted )
Mic mono:
Line mono:
Line stereo:
<0.008% low gain
<0.008% low gain
<0.008% at main out
Main mix output noise
(1 kHz,A-weighted )
Main mix level down, all channel levels down: –106
dBu
Main mix level 0 dB, all channel levels down: –91 dBu
Main mix level 0 dB, all channel levels 0 dB: –86 dBu
Frequency Response
(+0 dB/–3 dB)
Mic mono input:
Line mono inputs:
Line stereo inputs:
< 10 Hz–55 kHz low gain
< 10 Hz–55 kHz
< 10 Hz–55 kHz
Connections
Mic input:
Line mono input:
Line stereo input:
Preamp main outputs:
Monitor outputs:
Loudspeaker outputs:
Loudspeaker outputs
(Both channels loaded and driven at 1 kHz.)
Peak output power @ 4 Ω:
2 x 500 W peak
Average output power @ 4 Ω: 2 x 350 W rms, 1% THD
Average output power @ 8 Ω: 2 x 200 W rms, 1% THD
Recommended load impedance: 4 – 8 Ω per side
Internal Effects
Type:
Effects presets:
Equivalent Input Noise (EIN)
Mic input (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
150 Ω termination:
-114 dB A-Weighted
Gain
Mic mono input:
Line mono inputs:
Line stereo inputs:
45 dB high gain
25 dB low gain
20 dB high gain
0 dB low gain
0 dB
Maximum Levels
–25 dBu high gain
-4 dBu low gain
Line mono inputs:
+21 dBu low gain
+1 dBu high gain
Line stereo inputs:
+21 dBu
Preamp main and monitor outputs: +21 dBu
Impedances
Mic mono input:
2.5 kΩ balanced
Line mono input:
20 kΩ balanced
Main and monitor preamp outputs: 150 Ω
Unbalanced
Channel EQ
High Shelving:
Mid Peaking:
Low Shelving:
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100–120 VAC, 50/60 Hz: 1010 watts
220-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz: 1010 watts
Dimensions
Height:
Width:
Depth:
11.67 in/296.4 mm
18.44 in/ 468.4 mm
11.3 in/287 mm
Weight
22 lb/10 kg
Disclaimer
Since we are always striving boldly to make our
products better by incorporating new and improved
materials, components, and manufacturing methods,
we reserve the right to change these specifications at
any time without notice.
Please check our website in case there are any
corrections and updates to this manual: www.
tapcoworld.com.
©2008 LOUD Technologies Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Dedication
+/- 15 dB @ 12 kHz
+/- 15 dB @ 2.5 kHz
+/- 15 dB @ 80 Hz
7-Band Graphic EQ
Main and Monitor 1:
Internal processor
mono in, stereo out
16 TAPCO-designed presets
Power Consumption
Net weight:
Mic mono input:
XLR balanced
1/4” TRS balanced
1/4” TRS unbalanced
1/4” TRS balanced
1/4” TRS balanced
1/4” TS and Neutrik Speakon
±12 dB @ 125, 250, 500, 1 k,
2 k, 4 k, and 8 kHz
The following trainee technical writers from Mr. Kelly’s
class of 2007/2008, were involved in the production
of this manual: Autumn, Barrie, Brendan, Caswell,
Cormack, Emily, Eliza, Erin, Ethan, Isabella, Jilly, Jordan,
Lily, Max, Mia, Read, Silas, Sol, Spencer, and Steven.
Now they are moving up to 1st grade!
Dimensions
11.67 in/ 296.4 mm
WEIGHT
22 lb
10 kg
18.44 in/ 468.4 mm
11.30 in/ 287 mm
Correct Disposal of this product: This symbol indicates that this product should not be disposed of with your household waste, according to the WEEE
Directive (2002/96/EC) and your national law. This product should be handed over to an authorized collection site for recycling waste electrical and
electronic equipment (EEE). Improper handling of this type of waste could have a possible negative impact on the environment and human health due
to potentially hazardous substances that are generally associated with EEE. At the same time, your cooperation in the correct disposal of this product will
contribute to the effective usage of natural resources. For more information about where you can drop off your waste equipment for recycling, please
contact your local city office, waste authority, or your household waste disposal service.
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R
L
PHTM
OL
OL
EFX SUM
OL
PHTM
SELECT
FX PRESET
48V
GLOBAL PHANTOM
POWER
GAIN
-
+
-
+
GAIN
STEREO CHANNELS
CH9-10
(RCA inputs not affected
by Break Switch)
R
MIC
STEREO
CHANNELS
CH7-8
L
LINE
PHTM
2.5K
MID
12K
HI
80
EFX
2.5K
MID
2.5K
80
LO
MID
LO
BREAK
12K
HI
12K
HI
3-BAND EQ
80
LO
3-BAND EQ
MON
LEVEL
MON
LEVEL
EFX TO MON
EFX TO MAIN
EFX
EFX
EFX(POST)
L
R
EFX(POST)
L
R
MICS
MON
MICS
MON
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MONO
CHANNELS
MIC
CH1-6
TAPE
OUT
R
L
MON
LEVEL
MAIN
LEVEL
SERIES 69 EQ
7-BAND
GRAPHIC EQ
7-BAND
GRAPHIC EQ
METER
METERS
LIMITER
NOTE: SWITCHES ARE SHOWN IN THEIR DEFAULT (OUT) POSITION
MONITOR
MICS
BREAK
SWITCH
POWER AMPS
AMP MODE
A
B
SPEAKER-LEVEL
OUTPUTS
AMP B INPUT
AMP A INPUT
MONITOR
SEND
RIGHT
MAIN OUT
LEFT
MAIN OUT
Block Diagram
TAPCO LIMITED WARRANTY
A.
B.
C.
D.
•
•
LOUD Technologies Inc. warrants all materials,
workmanship and proper operation of this product for a
period of one year from the original date of purchase.
You may purchase an additional 24-month Extended
Warranty (for a total of 36 months of coverage). Visit
our website and follow the “Register It” links for details
(www.tapcoworld.com). If any defects are found in
the materials or workmanship or if the product fails to
function properly during the applicable warranty period,
LOUD Technologies, at its option, will repair or replace
the product. This warranty applies only to equipment
sold and delivered within the U.S. and Canada by LOUD
Technologies Inc. or its authorized dealers.
For faster processing, please register online, or you can
mail in the product registration card.
Unauthorized service, repairs, or modification of TAPCO
products will void this warranty. To obtain repairs or
replacement under warranty, you must have a copy
of your sales receipt from the authorized TAPCO dealer
where you purchased the product. It is necessary to
establish purchase date and determine whether your
TAPCO product is within the warranty period.
To obtain warranty repair or replacement:
1. Call TAPCO Technical Support at 877/827-2669, 7 AM
to 5 PM Monday through Friday (Pacific Time) to get
authorization for repair or replacement. Alternately, go
to the TAPCO website, click “Talk To Us,” and follow the
instructions for reporting a warranty issue and submitting a
request for an advance replacement.
2. Advance Replacement: TAPCO will ship a
replacement unit to you along with an invoice for the
suggested retail price of the replacement unit. You must
return the defective unit immediately to cancel the
invoice. If you do not return the defective unit within 30
days, you must pay the full amount stated in the invoice
to satisfy your debt.
3. Repair: When you call TAPCO Technical Support,
explain the problem and obtain a Service Request
Number. Have your TAPCO product’s serial number ready.
You must have a Service Request Number before you
can obtain factory-authorized service.
Pack the product in its original shipping carton. Also
include a note explaining exactly how to duplicate the
problem, a copy of the sales receipt with price and date
showing, your daytime phone number and return street
address (no P.O. boxes or route numbers, please!), and
the Service Request Number. If we cannot duplicate the
problem or establish the starting date of your Limited
Warranty, we may, at our option, charge for service time
and parts.
Ship the product in its original shipping carton, freight
prepaid to the authorized service center. Write the
Service Request Number in BIG PRINT on top of the box.
The address of your closest authorized service center
will be given to you by Technical Support, or it may
be obtained from our website. Once it’s repaired, the
authorized service center will ship it back by ground
shipping, pre-paid (if it qualified as a warranty repair).
Note: Under the terms of the warranty, you must ship
or drop-off the unit to an authorized service center. The
return ground shipment is covered for those units deemed
by us to be under warranty.
Note: You must have a sales receipt from an authorized
TAPCO dealer for your unit to be considered for warranty
repair.
IMPORTANT: Make sure that the Service Request Number
is plainly written on the shipping carton. No receipt, no
warranty service.
E.
LOUD Technologies reserves the right to inspect any
products that may be the subject of any warranty
claims before repair or replacement is carried out. LOUD
Technologies may, at our option, require proof of the
original date of purchase in the form of a dated copy
of the original dealer’s invoice or sales receipt. Final
determination of warranty coverage lies solely with LOUD
Technologies.
F.
Any products returned to one of the LOUD Technologies
factory-authorized service centers, and deemed eligible
for repair or replacement under the terms of this warranty
will be repaired or replaced. LOUD Technologies and its
authorized service centers may use refurbished parts for
repair or replacement of any product. Products returned
to LOUD Technologies that do not meet the terms of
this Warranty will not be repaired unless payment is
received for labor, materials, return freight, and insurance.
Products repaired under warranty will be returned freight
prepaid by LOUD Technologies to any location within the
boundaries of the USA or Canada.
G.
LOUD Technologies warrants all repairs performed for
90 days or for the remainder of the warranty period. This
warranty does not extend to damage resulting from
improper installation, misuse, neglect or abuse, or to
exterior appearance. This warranty is recognized only if
the inspection seals and serial number on the unit have
not been defaced or removed.
H.
LOUD Technologies assumes no responsibility for the
timeliness of repairs performed by an authorized service
center.
I.
This warranty is extended to the original purchaser.
This warranty may be transferred to anyone who may
subsequently purchase this product within the applicable
warranty period for a nominal fee (extended warranties
are not transferable). A copy of the original sales receipt
is required to obtain warranty repairs or replacement.
J.
This is your sole warranty. LOUD Technologies does not
authorize any third party, including any dealer or sales
representative, to assume any liability on behalf of
LOUD Technologies or to make any warranty for LOUD
Technologies Inc.
K.
THE WARRANTY GIVEN ON THIS PAGE IS THE SOLE
WARRANTY GIVEN BY LOUD TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND IS
IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS AND IMPLIED,
INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE WARRANTY
GIVEN ON THIS PAGE SHALL BE STRICTLY LIMITED IN
DURATION TO ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE OF ORIGINAL
PURCHASE FROM AN AUTHORIZED TAPCO DEALER. UPON
EXPIRATION OF THE APPLICABLE WARRANTY PERIOD, LOUD
TECHNOLOGIES INC. SHALL HAVE NO FURTHER WARRANTY
OBLIGATION OF ANY KIND. LOUD TECHNOLOGIES INC.
SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT MAY RESULT FROM ANY
DEFECT IN THE TAPCO PRODUCT OR ANY WARRANTY
CLAIM. Some states do not allow exclusion or limitation
of incidental, special, or consequential damages or a
limitation on how long warranties last, so some of the
above limitations and exclusions may not apply to you.
This warranty provides specific legal rights and you may
have other rights, which vary from state to state.
Please keep your sales receipt in a safe place.
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