Connecting the iPod to your PA system

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) connect your iPod to your PA system, read my article – it’ll save you a load of time and a ton of headaches!