There were so many options when I was looking for speakers, and so many criteria for evaluating them; tower vs. bookshelf, in-ceiling vs. cabinet, etc.
In addition, I had to decide between using active speakers or passive ones.
I've decided to go with passive speakers after a lot of thought and study. After that, I had to figure out how to hook up my speakers to a mixer.
I finally got it out after a lot of reading and experimenting.
The following is a condensed version of the article.
What are some fast tips for connecting a mixer's passive speakers?
To connect the speakers to the main system.
Connect the Main out jacks to the power amplifier inputs for passive speakers.
Connect the speaker inputs to the outputs of your power amplifier.
So, let's get this party started! (or power amplifier).
To adjust the speaker output level, set the mixer levels to unity.
Turn the Main Mix fader to 0 dB. (unity).
You can now use a microphone, phone, or computer to play back audio. Make sure that the channel's gain knob is set while the level fader is at 0 octaves (unison).
Set the volume control knobs on each passive speaker to the desired level.
What I've said here, while simple on the surface, is actually quite sophisticated. But don't be alarmed. Allow me to delve a little deeper into the details of how this all works.
Because I am in the same situation, this article is for you because I plan to explain how to connect the passive speakers to a mixer while also providing some helpful tips.
To make things easier, I'll first explain the difference between active speakers and passive speakers.
When it comes to speakers, there are two types: active and passive.
Passive speakers are powered by a separate amplifier while active speakers are powered by a built-in amplifier in their cabinet.
Speaker wire is used to connect passive speakers to an amplifier.
There are passive and active speakers. Passive speakers are typically used in the house, whereas active speakers are more commonly used in professional environments like sound systems.
It's impossible to say which speaker is superior unless you know what you're going to use them for.
When it comes to personal use, I favor passive speakers since they have a few characteristics that are relevant to my situation.
In order to use passive speakers, all that is required is a simple wire connection.
Passive speakers, on the other hand, may have their amplifiers swapped out more readily than active speakers.
A new amplifier and speakers are all you'd need to get more oomph, for instance.
Finally, because I frequently need speakers when on the road, I decided to go with passive speakers.
They are lightweight and portable due to the lack of a built-in mixer.
Using a Mixer to Power Passive Speakers
Users of passive speakers, such as myself, frequently inquire as to whether we may use a mixer to power passive speakers.
There is no doubt about that. To power passive speakers, a Powered mixer is needed.
However, not all mixers can be referred to be "powered" just because they need to be plugged in to operate.
Passive speakers need to be powered by a power amplifier if you're using a typical mixer.
If you choose, you can use powered speakers instead.
Mixers with built-in power amplifiers are referred to as "powered mixers."
A built-in power amplifier is included in this mixer model.
One power supply connection is all that is needed for the mixer and power amplifier, which both require a power source, because they are integrated into the PA system.
Setup a Mixer with Passive Speakers
You need to keep in mind a few things while setting up a passive system with passive speakers, the most significant of which is that the amp must be able to handle the power of your speakers.
Follow our upcoming posts on all things relating to power rating to learn more about this topic! However, we're making progress!
The following elements are required before you may connect passive speakers to a mixer:
1 Amplifier for Power
1 Mixing Console
Spike - The Spike Head
Two 1/4′′ Jack Leads for XLR Females
The 1 XLR Lead and the 1 3.5mm Jack to RCA Connector
It's important to note that the power amplifier is different, and there are new leads that don't exist in a passive system.
The new leads connect the mixer to a power amplifier and the amplifier's output to the speakers' input, which power the speakers via a power amplifier.
You must first set up your mixing desk and power amplifier before you can connect the passive speakers to the mixer.
Connect the mixing desk's MAIN OUT L&R to the power amplifier's equivalent inputs using XLR-Jack leads, as I did, but this will depend on your amplifier's inputs and outputs.
Do this: connect the speaker wires from each power amplifier's input to its output on each speaker – If you're not sure where to place the speakers, apply your own judgment based on how the desk appears in relation to them.
Once a path has been established, be aware of how it will pan out! It's almost time to start getting some signal through there now that everything has been joined up!
Turn on the mixer first because we're dealing with a passive system; next turn off the power amp, which is flipped.
This is to keep the speakers and amplifier from becoming damaged.
It's best to connect directly from the mixer to the speakers when you think you're wiring both plugs into your speakers.
Both of the jacks on the speaker's rear can be used to play music. If you're utilizing a monitor configuration, connect the mixer's wire to one speaker.
Is there anything more you'd like?
A built-in FX can be an added benefit if you have a mixer with an FX built in.
Delay, reverb, and other special effects can be added to your mix using mixers with built-in FX.
Basically, a mix made up of all the send levels for the FX will be needed to apply that effect to the channel.
Some mixers offer additional settings for adjusting how much of the overall FX bus is sent to the Main and/or Monitor mixes, but these will vary from mixer to mixer.
Every channel's level in the main and monitor mixes must be balanced to produce a good mix.
Take some time to get a decent sound check in before each event.
Mixing the band on the fly is the only way to accomplish this.
Play one or two songs from their set and make sure that each microphone is working before you begin.
To get the best sound, have the musicians and singers play or sing as loud as they'll be on stage, and then place them in the main and monitor mixes by adjusting the level of their individual channels.
Talk to each artist and be on the lookout for excessive volume (too loud), feedback (strong ringing tones), or problematic sound conditions (boominess).
Make sure your mixer's Main mix level is set to zero (unison).
Turn up and fine-tune the volume of each channel one at a time.
Mix the event/performance with EQ, compression, and FX.
A few pointers for successful mixing are as follows:
The frequency content of a channel can be formed via equalization (EQ). Boost (raise) positive frequencies or reduce (slash) negative ones, depending on the situation.
Is it too loud? Low frequencies should be slashed.
Add or remove body/warmth by adjusting the mids.
Is there a lack of precision? Boost the frequencies in the upper ranges.
In order to reduce the amplitude of fluctuations, compress them.
Use reverb sparingly, and avoid overdoing it. A little extra room can make a big difference.
Things to Keep in Mind!
The balanced or unbalanced line is the most frequent connection between a mixer and a powered speaker.
Longer cable runs between the mix station and the speakers are possible because to the balanced line's superior noise rejection.
Most powered speakers have either XLR or TRS balanced jacks, or both, on them. It's common to find balanced output jacks on nearly any mixer on the market, whether they're TRS or XLR or even both.
Unbalanced outputs from your mixer are possible (though rare).
These are problematic in the long term because of their increased sensitivity to noise and interference.
A limit distance of 20-30 feet is generally recommended for these; longer runs considerably increase the risk of sound pollution.
A variety of techniques exist for balancing imbalanced signals, but they are outside the scope of this piece.
Other Relevant Conditons are also available.
How to drive speakers passively without using an amplifier
In order to get better sound from a computer, you can attach passive speakers to the computer's headphone jack and use the computer's built-in amplifier to power the speakers.
Additionally, passive speakers can be purchased at a reasonable price.
Use 8 or 16 impendence passive speakers to avoid destroying the headphone output by overloading it.
Today's speakers should include a cord with a jack for connecting to other devices, such computers.
You'll need one to connect your speakers to your PC if you don't already have one.
If you aren't conversant with electronics, I'd steer clear of the do-it-yourself route. If you can't find an electrician to complete the job for some reason, you could attempt doing it yourself.
By the time you've completed this step, your passive speakers should be powered and linked.