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recommendation on turntable input to mixer

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Suntower, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. Suntower

    Suntower Active Member


    I have a Numark 1002 turntable mixer. It has 'line' outs on RCA jacks. For years I have simply used a RadioShack RCA->1/4" jack to get it into my computer via a Frontier Tango A/D converter and it seems to work OK. The Tango recently went out for service and I was wondering if it would make sense to to try a pair of inexpensive D/I boxes (passive line-XLR) or a stereo box of some sort to get it into the computer via my Presonus Digimax---which has lo-z ins.

    If so, any recommendations on inexpensive stereo D/I box?


  2. nicko

    nicko Active Member

    I don't see any sense in taking a line level signal down to mic level with DI boxes and going through mic pres... does the digimax thing have line inputs?
  3. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    I thought the Digimax had Neutrik Combi input jacks on it. The type that takes XLR or 1/4" line inputs.
  4. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    A line source isn't automatically made mic-level just by going through the passive DI.
  5. MrEase

    MrEase Active Member

    Although if it is passive it must attenuate the signal significantly to give a high input Z and low output Z. This means it will be nearer to mic levels than line levels. It really depends on the input and output impedance.

    However that seems somewhat irrelevant as the turntable mixer should have a low enough output impedance to directly drive the line input of the Digimax. I don't see why the OP cannot just use his existing leads into the Digimax - assuming dvdhawk is right and the Digimax does indeed have combo inputs.
  6. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    From what I'm seeing on the PreSonus website, there are two models of DigiMax.

    The D8 version has 2 x 1/4" line ins on the front panel and conventional XLR females on the back panel

    The FS version has 8 combi-jacks for inputs on the front. Either way you've got all you need.

    I wouldn't bother with the DIs unless you're running a long distance.

    To answer the last part of the original post, if you decide you want/need a stereo DI - I used one of these Rapco db-200 last month while doing a live show where the headliner was a rapper. His DJ gave me two 1/4" cables from his DJ mixer, I ran his L/R feeds through the db-200 into the snake. About $60 - easy.
  7. nicko

    nicko Active Member

    A passive direct inject is for the most part made up of a microphone transformer in the order of something like 8-12:1. Apply a line level signal to the primary of such a transformer and the secondary WILL be showing something in the realm of a microphone level signal.

    Anyway, that's beside the point. The OP says their turntable puts out line level. They should plug the line outputs of the turntable into the line inputs on the digimax box and get down to business :)

  8. MrEase

    MrEase Active Member

    A fine paraphrase of my earlier post! :<)
  9. nicko

    nicko Active Member

    Sorry man, didn't mean to regurgitate what you said. I just felt the need to respond as the guy had quoted me in disagreement. Cheers
  10. MrEase

    MrEase Active Member

    Hey it's no problem, no need for apologies and I understand you wanting to respond personally. I just found it funny that it was such an accurate paraphrase! :<)

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