My recent article about how to connect your apple ipod to your PA system brought an avalanche of response from readers – thanks to all of you who sent your feedback!
Many of the responses included questions and cries for help regarding other, related problems that some of you are having with connecting your iPod to your PA . It seems that many of you are having sound problems and much of your time is being spent trying to figure out if these sound problems are due to a faulty iPod output, a broken mixer channel or a faulty cable. So, how do you find out which one is at fault and solve the problem?
To help you with this, I’ve devised a very simple test that will help you discover if it’s your iPod, your mixer/PA channels, or your cable that’s causing the sound problem. You’ll find the test half way down the page of the CLICK HERE“>original article, under the heading “troubleshooting”. The troubleshooting guide only takes a few minutes to do and could save you hours (or even days) of headaches trying to find out what is causing that poor sound from your iPod!
You may think that when you buy an iPod to use for singing to backing tracks, all you need to do is load it with a bunch of backing tracks and simply plug it in to your PA system and you’re all set and ready to go…
Well, actually that’s quite correct – it really is that simple to connect an iPod to a PA system, but you would be surprised how many people write to me every week who have done this but find that they get either a very poor sound quality and/or low volume levels fronm their backing tracks, and they can’t figure out what they’ve done wrong!
Nine times out of ten, the mistake that I find singers make when connecting an iPod to their PA/mixing desk, is that they use the wrong type of cable and/or only use ONE channel on their mixing desk (usually they’ve tried to take a jack out of the iPod in to one spare channel of their mixer). I often hear of singers (wrongly) using a single jack to jack cable (usually with a 3.5mm jack at one end and a quarter inch/6.3mm at the other). This is NOT the correct cabling for connecting your iPod to your PA/Mixing desk!
For a full description of how to (and how not to) CLICK HERE“>connect your iPod to your PA system, read my article – it’ll save you a load of time and a ton of headaches!