Mackie Big Knob Studio Issues

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Re: Mackie Big Knob Studio Issues

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@RexBeckett These mass produced molded cables can be a real issue. I should have known better but I let convenience rule over logic.

Later this evening I'm going to go back to the Monitor section and see how badly that sounds with my new cables. I may have been chasing my tail all this time.
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Re: Mackie Big Knob Studio Issues

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MJKlein wrote: Wed Aug 25, 2021 12:46 pm @RexBeckett These mass produced molded cables can be a real issue. I should have known better but I let convenience rule over logic.
I know what you mean, MJ. If I don't have time to make cables, I only buy from suppliers who use Neutrik connectors and my preferred make/type of cable.
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Re: Mackie Big Knob Studio Issues

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I tried using the Monitor output section, XLR to TRS into the MBKS and TRS out to the Adam T8V monitors. Using my test project as previously described, I found that turning the volume knob on the X32 caused the null to shift throughout the range. But there was one spot on the range that was decidedly better, so I left it there. At that point, any shift was caused by the Big Knob volume control itself and the difference was negligible. Unquestionably, using the L/R output gave better results but I lost the advantage of being able to use the native Solo feature, and also selecting Monitor sources.

It crossed my mind that I should connect both the L/R main bus and the Monitor outputs to different inputs on the MBKS. I have no plans to use it for a line-level audio interface, so I could use the TRS combo inputs in stereo mode which would put them hard L/R, and also have the advantage of those input level controls which would presumably allow me to null the audio to absolute nothing. At this point, I wish I had bought the bigger model with the extra inputs 5/6 so I could at least use a mic in the XLR inputs for live streaming.

The USB input is slightly skewed to one side. The MBKS software allows one to unlink L/R channel playback so I was able to drop one side by -2dB (it works in 2dB increments only!). Fortunately that seemed to be the amount needed to tweak it for the stereo field to be centered. So, at the end of all this futzing around, I can select USB or the X32 sources, and have them very closely balanced, and also the Adam T8V and my Tascam monitors which are also balanced, both for the stereo field and for the loudness level.
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Re: Mackie Big Knob Studio Issues

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Good thinking!

Congrats
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