Welcome to our comprehensive guide on how to Connect Powered Speakers to Mixer.

Whether you’re hosting an event, giving a presentation, or just need a reliable sound setup, this step-by-step tutorial will help you connect powered speakers to a mixer with ease.

Here’s what we’re going to go over in this article:

  • Component Overview
  • Speaker Placement
  • Setting Up Mixer
  • Connecting Mixer to Speakers
  • Using the Mixer

Component Overview

When you rent a two-speaker, one-microphone system from us, you’ll receive the following components:

  • Two powered speakers
  • Two tripod stands for the speakers
  • A mixer with its power supply
  • Two adapter cables
  • One microphone with an XLR cable
  • Additional XLR cables for connecting the mixer to the speakers

Speaker Placement

Start by placing your speakers in the optimal location. As the saying goes, “location, location, location” – it’s critical to position your speakers in front of the microphones to reduce feedback and maximize volume.

Attach each speaker to its tripod stand and position them at the desired height.

Setting Up Mixer

The mixer is the heart of your audio setup. Begin by plugging in the power supply to the mixer. You’ll know it’s powered on when the green light illuminates.

If the adjacent red light is on, don’t worry – it won’t affect performance.

For this setup, we’ll use the first channel of the mixer. Connect an XLR cable to the top input of the first channel on the mixer.

Then, connect the other end of the XLR into your microphone.

Connecting Mixer to Speakers

With the microphone connected to the mixer, it’s time to link the mixer to the speakers.

Plug the quarter-inch connector of your two adapter cables into the two inputs labeled “main out.” Ensure the connections are secure to prevent any signal loss.

Then, connect the other side of the adapter cables into two XLR cables.

Run these two XLR cables to the top inputs on each of your two speakers. Ensure that the input switch on each speaker is set to “Line” (not “Microphone”) because we are connecting from a mixer. Adjust the volume control on each speaker to about the 12:00 position for a balanced start.

Plug in the power cables for the speakers and turn them on. You should see a green light indicating that the speakers are powered correctly.

Using the Mixer

To set the microphone correctly, move the master volume on the mixer to the “U” or zero position.

Then, set the channel level dial to the 12:00 position.

Speak into the microphone and adjust the gain control dial until it is just right – too loud and you’ll need to back it off slightly.

Once you’ve adjusted the gain, leave it there! From now on, if you need to adjust your volume, use the channel level dial which you adjusted to 12:00 a couple steps earlier.

Use the equalizer (EQ) controls to fine-tune the sound. The high-frequency control adjusts the sibilance, the mid-frequency control adjusts the mid-tones (this is the most significant dial, as this range tends to be where the human voice sits), and the low-frequency control adjusts the bass.

Be cautious with these settings to avoid feedback. If unwanted frequencies creep in, you may be able to prevent them by turning the gain control dial back slightly.

Contact Us

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to connect powered speakers to a mixer. You’ve set up your speakers, connected the audio signal, configured the mixer, and adjusted the microphone levels. You’re now ready to deliver crystal-clear audio at your event.

Feel free to reach out with any questions or if you need a hand with your setup. Call (780) 424-6001 or email us at info@rivercityevents.ca. We’re open 9 AM to 5 PM Monday to Friday, and from 10 AM to 4PM on Saturday!

Thank you for choosing River City Events for your audiovisual needs. Have a fantastic event!