Audio Cables 101: tell me exactly how to feed a stereo mix from my mixer to my breakout box.
This cannot be hard. I have got to just be stupid. Please take pity on me. Here's what I've got:
Mixer: a Yamaha MG10/2
Breakout box: an M-Audio Fast Track USB
Simple task: take a stereo mix from the mixer and feed it into the breakout box. The mixer has a variety of output options -- stereo RCA, stereo 1/4" headphone jack, etc. The breakout box has two inputs -- a stereo** 1/8" minijack, and an XLR female jack.
(**Is it possible? fathomable? reasonable? that M-Audio would have a mono input jack here?)
I ought to be able to do something simple like run an RCA-pair-to-stereo-1/8" cable from the mixer to the jack on the breakout box and just call it a day. And I tried that, and it didn't effin' work. Buh?
I've been getting by on a frankensteinian kluge, handling each half of the stereo singal with a seperate solution:
- single-RCA-to-1/8" running from one channel of the mixer's stereo RCA out into the minijack on the box
- 1/4"-phone-jack-to-XLR-male cable running from an unrelated output channel on the mixer into the XLR-in on the box.
And doing some crazy panning and leveling control on the mixer to get these signals isolated to left-and-right respectively and approximately equalized in volume.
And that's been working, but it's a pain in the ass and just seems wrong
besides. And all I can figure is that I am just plain missing
something, something obvious/essential/basic. Help! Reveal my fundamental ignorance!