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How do I listen to my synths over headphones

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:42 am
by pancake_lizard
Hi I have a tb 03 a tr 08 and a volca fm.

I have the tr 08 as master and next the 03 is it’s slave and than I have the volca fm last all daisy chained over midi.

I just want to listen to everything at the same time over headphones in my case earbuds but I don’t know how or where to connect everything to get everything as one output. This seems like a trivial problem but I cannot figure things out

Thanks for the help.

Re: How do I listen to my synths with earbuds?

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:17 am
by zenguitar
The key lesson to learn here is that MIDI and Audio are completely separate.

You can link devices using MIDI to synchronise them or play them all from a keyboard/sequencer/DAW. But there is no audio involved.

Each of your devices has one or more sets of audio outputs (a mono or stereo main output and a mono or stereo headphone output). To listen to them all at the same time you need to send them to an audio mixer of some sort. That could be a a mixing desk, or it could be a multiple input audio interface to a computer DAW. The simplest option would be a simple mixing desk where you could the 3 stereo or mono inputs and connect your earbuds to the headphone output to listen to your mix.

Andy :beamup:

Re: How do I listen to my synths over headphones

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:23 am
by resistorman
Yep, a cheap mixer like this would do

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail ... pact-mixer

Also there is a video called “How mixers work” on that page you should watch.

Re: How do I listen to my synths over headphones

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:29 am
by resistorman
Here’s a direct link to that video.

https://youtu.be/oXFiXWbj7Jc

Re: How do I listen to my synths over headphones

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:32 am
by pancake_lizard
All my units utilize 1/8 inch cables instead of 1/4 inch is there a good mixer that has both?

Thanks

Re: How do I listen to my synths over headphones

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:41 am
by resistorman
Adapters are cheap.

Re: How do I listen to my synths over headphones

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:01 am
by ef37a
resistorman wrote:Adapters are cheap.

Indeed and, the back of that Roland at least seems to sport 1/4" TRS stereo outputs?

As with all things 'connectorbabble' OP will have to look, learn, ask and then buy the right bits.

Dave.

Re: How do I listen to my synths over headphones

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:32 am
by Arpangel
pancake_lizard wrote:All my units utilize 1/8 inch cables instead of 1/4 inch is there a good mixer that has both?

Thanks

Please don’t use 1/8 plug to 1/4 inch socket adapters, they are very unreliable, and the weight of the 1/4 socket makes for undue strain on the equipment socket.

Re: How do I listen to my synths over headphones

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:55 am
by Eddy Deegan
There are plenty of adaptor cables online, (here is an example) or you can make your own if you are handy with a soldering iron.

Re: How do I listen to my synths over headphones

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:05 am
by fatbenelton
Just buy a lead with 1/4 inch jack at one end and 1/8 at the other...no need for adaptors if you buy the right lead!

Re: How do I listen to my synths over headphones

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:30 pm
by resistorman
Arpangel wrote:
pancake_lizard wrote:All my units utilize 1/8 inch cables instead of 1/4 inch is there a good mixer that has both?

Thanks

Please don’t use 1/8 plug to 1/4 inch socket adapters, they are very unreliable, and the weight of the 1/4 socket makes for undue strain on the equipment socket.

I was thinking of the other way around... didn’t even think of that! Gotta be careful of what I suggest to newbies. Anyhow, an adapter cable is the way to go, as has been pointed out.

Re: How do I listen to my synths over headphones

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:56 pm
by wdsteele
Korg have a Volca Mixer specifically for this purpose , less than £100 from some retailers, might provide some interesting options for your set up too as is more than just an audio mixer .

https://www.korg.com/uk/products/dj/volca_mix/

Do check compatibility with you non-Korg kit though.