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!