Help with using a powered mixer with a power amp
So hook up your 15's or 12's to main out.
Then use 2 trs or ts cables as your monitor out jacks are unbalanced anyway.Keep em short if you can. 3 feet.
Hook those from monitor out L/R on your mixer to L/R in on the power amp.
TURN THE MONITOR OUT VOLUME ON THE MIXER TO "0"
Start with the power amp volume at 1/2 and then bring the monitor out volume on the board up slowly till you see where your at.
I have another question. I actually bought two 15" powered monitors (Behringer 215D) that I would like to use with my PMP2000 powered mixer. I was planning on hooking the 12" passive speakers to the powered outs on the back of the mixer and use those as monitors. My question is how do I connect the powered speakers? Can I XLR (line output) to XLR from the speakers to open inputs on the mixer (this is what the guy in guitar center told me) or do I need to XLR to 1/4" to the main or monitor pre-amp outputs?
NEVER - under ANY circumstances - connect your powered speakers to any inputs on your mixer.
If in fact a GC employee told you that was the way to do it, either they are clueless - or misunderstood the question.
Typically powered mixers have 1/4" TRS outputs, as you describe, that are after the pre-amp and before the amplifier sections (Main & Mon).
If nobody else comes along with specifics, I'll look up the model and exact labels.
chihuly5, post: 376105 wrote: I thought that sounded like an extremely bad idea. The mixer has both a 1/4" main left/right out and a monitor out in the pre-amp section. Can I hook the 12" passive speakers up to the monitor out and XLR them together for monitors and then hook the 15" powered speakers up to main right/left out?The monitor out is pre amplification so the passive speakers will not work there.You could daisy chain the powered monitors to that output but it will be mono.
Use the pre-amp out L/R to hook up the powered speakers.Those outputs are there to send a signal to a power amp or powered speakers.
"DO NOT" hook up powered speakers to the main powered outs, they will blow.
If you are willing to play with MONO out to your mains you can flip the mode switch on the front of your mixer to mono and connect your powered 15s to the LEFT/MONO PREAMP out located on the front of your mixer and dasy chain them, connect your passive 12's to the RIGHT/MONO main out located on the back of your mixer.
As of right now your EP 4000 amp is less than useless to you , if you use it right now it will cost you money by blowing your 12's
Hello, I to have been dealing with this issue. My question is, when running the powered mixer main outs or rec outs into external amp inputs. Do the mixer amps cancel out and the ext amp take over? Or say, the mixer is 500w and external amp is 300w... Thus creating 800w ?
This is straightforward to do as long as you DO NOT run the external amplifier from the loudspeaker outputs of the powered mixer.
Connect up the powered mixer as usual to its matching loudspeakers. This gives you a 500W system. Connect the other set of speakers to the outputs of the 300W external amplifier. Finally, connect the stereo monitor outputs of the powered mixer to a stereo input of your external 300W amplifier. This combination gives you a combined power level of 800W, at least on paper.
You will probably find that the monitor output of the powered mixer has its own level control and is not affected by the level control of the main output. That would mean you would have to operate two faders to control the overall sound level.
I've used a Yamaha Stagepas 500 and a Stagepas 300 in this way, and they run with no problem once you have the overall balance set correctly.