Y Splitter Cable

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by huskerdu, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. huskerdu

    huskerdu Active Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    I bought a Y cable splitter because before I would simply plug in a single guitar cable from my behringer xenyx 802 into my pod xt live. There is a "L" and an "R" on the MAIN OUT for the xenyx 802 and I would just plug into the left channel and then record. Since I was only technically plugged into one channel I'd assume I was recording in mono.

    Since I got my Y Splitter I am now plugged into both "L" and "R" on the main out yet when I lay tracks down I don't know if I really hear much of a difference.

    My real question is whether or not I really needed a Y Splitter cable


    edit: also I hope I posted this in the correct forum!
  2. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Well, some might argue that asking about Behringer in a "Pro Audio" forum is taboo, but that's for another day... :roll:

    This is a confusing description, to be honest. Sounds like you are plugging your guitar into the mixer, then into the POD. Then it sounds like your plugging INTO the OUTS on the Xenyx.

    I'll assume you have the guitar plugged into the POD, then IN to the Xenyx inputs, and then out of that IN to whatever you use to record.

    Using the left/mono of the POD out will give you a mono signal, with effects in mono. That would go IN to one INPUT channel of the Xenyx. That would then go in to the recording device.

    Using a left and right OUT of the POD, then IN to two INPUT channels (or a stereo input channel, if one exists) of the Xenyx, then OUT of that IN to the recording device will give you POD stereo effects, if you have a stereo-sounding patch chosen. You also have to either pan the left Xenyx channel to the left, and the right to the right if using two mono channels of the Xenyx, or center the pan pot if using a stereo channel of the Xenyx.

    Actually, it almost even sounds like you are combining the two output channels of the Xenyx into one. DON'T DO THAT! Even if you don't blow up the cheap outputs of the Behringer, you ain't gonna get stereo.

    I guess I may have cleared this up? I dunno. I'm confused. Did I cover everything?

    The path you should be using: Guitar into POD. POD L/R outs into two Xenyx channels, or stereo channel. Xenyx L/R outs into L/R inputs of recording device. NEVER combine two outputs with a MONO "Y" cable. You can, however, split one OUTPUT to two INPUTS without damage, except for possible noise or signal degradation.

    Good luck,

    Kapt.Krunch :wink:
  3. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    Probably should be Guitar and Bass forum, certainly not Pro Audio Gear.

    By using a Y-cable on the Pod output, you are shorting together the L and R outputs. Not a good idea.

    Assuming you are talking about the Pod outputs feeding the mixer inputs, set the Pod switch to "line" and use two separate TS jack cables from the L and R Pod outputs to the line inputs of two separate channels on the mixer. Pan these two channels L and R. You will then get stereo effects from the Pod.
  4. Kent L T

    Kent L T Active Member

    Oct 28, 2003
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    Actually I believe he is using the POD's usb port to get sound into his computer and running the mixer into the inputs of his POD. Based on what he said this is a more plausible explanation. Either way ditch the y cable. You can't have a stereo signal with the mono input of the POD.
  5. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Well, that one got by me! :oops: I didn't even consider that he would be running a mixer into a POD. I've never had occasion to try that, or see anyone else do it. I was seeing everything in his description run bass-ackwards! Makes more sense now.

    See, I learned something today :D

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