Ok guys, probably a dumb question and I think I know the answer but...
Just picked up a new digital mixer that has a couple Hi-Z inputs for guitars (so no directbox needed) on it that have some decent guitar fx and the channels. My questions is: Can I plug that guitar (one of the guys plays an acoustic) in to the stagebox on the snake and bring it back to the board at one of those inputs? I think it would work, just probably would need a couple 1/4" to xlr adapters to make it work but I'm concerned about carrying that signal over mic cable from the stage to the board?
Post by themaestro on Feb 23, 2020 22:15:06 GMT -5
I would say no. I don't know what mixer you have, but I'm familiar with the Behringer XR18. If I understand you correctly, you want to plug an acoustic guitar into a snake, send it to the mixer and have that snake line plugged into the mixer hi-z input?
The problem here is that the hi-z inputs are like the inputs on a guitar or bass amp. Any cord length more than 20-30 ft is going to cause your higher frequencies of the guitar to start getting attenuated. Those hi-z inputs made to plug in an instrument that is close to the mixer with a short cable, as when the mixer is used as a "stage box" on stage and the mixer is controlled remotely by computer or tablet over a wireless or ethernet connection.
An acoustic guitar usually has a preamp in it that reduces some of the hi-z cable length issues, but if you are driving the guitar signal down a long snake, make it easy on yourself and use a proper DI box that converts the guitar signal to low-z mic level.
Also note that on your hi-z channels, the hi-z part is only on the 1/4 inch jack. If there is also an xlr jack or a combo 1/4-xlr jack, only the 1/4 inch connection is hi-z.
Or plug the instrument into a buffered Boss type pedal, ie not true bypass, then connect the pedal’s buffered output into the stage box / snake. Pedal switched into normal bypass mode, effect doesn’t have to be engaged. If a pedal doesn’t pass any signal (however it’s switched) when it doesn’t have a battery / power connected, then it’s probably buffered. If it sounds good it is good. Equally if it sounds bad then try something else :-)
Thanks guys. In fact I did just buy the XR18 mixer. I'm trying to convince all my bandmates to buy a wireless in-ear monitor now so they can control their own monitor mixes and lighten up how much gear I'm hauling. Read some decent reviews on the XVIVE U4 so I may give that one a shot.