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fiatim 27th November 2012 11:21 AM

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Hi all,
I am after some advice on a very simple set up.
Using imac for itunes and would like to play/mix itunes tracks with vinyl and cd's through a mixer. I have Phonic 808 sound card , a basic stanton mixer and a couple of technics turntables, whats the best way to set up so i can switch channels on mixer between imac, turntable and cd players and how does the phonic fit in to all of this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

AtticaEnumbrea 27th November 2012 05:08 PM


This is not my area of expertise, so take what I have to say with a grain of salt.

Running everything from you mixer which (I imagine?) only has 4 stereo inputs and a mic input, will not be sufficient to run everything, since you have:

Turntable #1: 2 stereo outs
Turntable #2: 2 stereo outs
CD player #1: 2 stereo outs
CD player #2?: 2 stereo outs
Imac: 2 stereo outs

As I see it, you need:
a) A larger mixer with more channels
b) To change your "master controller"

To save $$$, I'd use your CPU. Your phonic 808 can handle the job, so I would just run everything through that into your computer and use a mixing program to handle everything. Which, program to use is another discussion, and again not my specialty.

I personally have a 16 channel mixing board, in which I do live electronic music. I don't run things through a CPU and just bring ye ol' faders for different parts, which is quasi-similar to what you are doing. For me this is a more potentially error-free route with less moving parts.

Just my 3 (yes 3!) cents...