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Running a Spirit Folio SX into a Peavey XM6 mono mixer amp?

Postby Bunzer » Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:53 pm

I'm running band rehearsals through an old Spirit Folio SX mixer and plugging it into an even older Peave XM 6 mono PA mixer amp.

There are several ways I could connect the two, but I'm wondering what's actually the RIGHT way to connect them.

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The only balanced inputs on the XM6 are the 6 channels' XLR mic sockets. So, I'm using the "TAPE IN" stereo socket with a modified TRS cable, coming from the "MONO SUM" balanced output of the mixer (Hot > L+R, Cold > GND, GND > Lifted).

It works, but it's not pretty. Have I done good, or is there a better solution?

Thank you!

PS. I'm guessing the 6 XLR inputs are not designed for line level inputs (the manual says "low impedance microphones or low level sources"). It doesn't seem right to plug the mixer into one of the input channels, even though I get a free EQ section to play with.

Here's what the XM6 manual says about the other connectors:
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Re: Running a Spirit Folio SX into a Peavey XM6 mono mixer amp?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:46 pm

It would be worth trying a connection between the balanced outs of the Spirit and the XLR inputs of the peavey. You'll need to have the peavey gain at minimum, and you will need to experiment with the master fader setting on the spirit, but you mind find a setting that works acceptably.

But the alternative is going to be along the lines you've described... And if it works satisfactorily, it's fine!

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Re: Running a Spirit Folio SX into a Peavey XM6 mono mixer amp?

Postby Bunzer » Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:59 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:It would be worth trying a connection between the balanced outs of the Spirit and the XLR inputs of the peavey. You'll need to have the peavey gain at minimum, and you will need to experiment with the master fader setting on the spirit, but you mind find a setting that works acceptably.

But the alternative is going to be along the lines you've described... And if it works satisfactorily, it's fine!

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Thanks for the suggestion. I've just ordered a TRS-XLR cable, because I think it would be good to give it a try at least. I get a balanced connection and a bit of EQ, if it works. Nothing ventured, and all that. :thumbup:
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