Audio Interface to FOH?

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  1. mirflee

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    Hey all,

    This might sound somewhat stupid but I was wondering if it's necessary or an overkill to have the interface's balanced outs through to a DI box before the house's mixer? I'm patching multi-outs stems from Ableton, TRS to XLR cables out from the interface.

    Thanks!
     
  2. bondsong

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    Yes it's overkill and may even degrade the sound.
     
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    As long as the FOH mixer can handle line level signals going through an XLR. (the vast majority can). Some older analog mixers have trouble with that hot of a signal going into their mic pre's.

    I've heard some stories around here where there was an issue with the direct signal from the Axe-Fx being too hot and had to go through a transformer. Some guys carry them with them just in case. But I have not run into that in my area.
     
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    There might be a chance of a ground loop or hum when connecting between various equipment and a transformed based DI box can be handy to provide isolation between the 2 devices. (something like the Radial JDI might be an option here if you run mono, other options for stereo)

    There is a higher chance of this happening if you are powering your interface from a different power circuit to the house mixer.

    Generally it's not needed, but it's not a case of never being needed.
     
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    No DI needed. The XLRs are already balanced to minimize hum.

    Do pick up a couple inline XLR pads and some short XLR cables to patch between the AFX and the stage box for those times when the mixer can't handle anything but a mic-level signal.
     

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