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we will show you 4 different ways to connect a phone to an audio mixer to play music at a live event. these same methods will also work for your tablet and laptop.
Reading: How to connect iphone to mixer
quick answer: a 1/8″ to dual 1/4″ cable offers a simple solution when the phone is less than 10′ from the mixer. for longer distances add a di box to the setup as this allows you to use balanced cable. We never recommend relying on bluetooth at a professional live event.
audio mixer assumptions & equipment required
In this article we focus on connecting a phone to your mixer, so we assume you already know how to set up your mixer and speakers. If you’re not sure how to get there, check out our guide to using an audio mixer.
all of the methods we show you require a 1/8″ to double 1/4″ cable. if you have an iphone without a headphone jack, you’ll also need an apple lightning to headphone jack adapter.
- headphone jack to dual 1/4″ cable: https://currentprice.io/14_to_dual_18
- apple lightning to headphone jack adapter: https://currentprice.io/ lightning_18in
method 1: 1/8″ to dual 1/4″ cable using microphone inputs
headphone jack > 1/8″ to dual 1/4″ cable > mic level mixer inputs.
With this method, we are connecting a line level source to mic level inputs. so you’ll need to use the audio mixer’s pad button to reduce the signal strength to microphone level.
then all you have to do is turn up the level of each channel, shifting them left and right, respectively, to keep the stereo sound coming from your phone.
The disadvantage of this method is that it uses 2 microphone inputs. on smaller mixers like our yamaha mg10 you only have 4 to play with. the following method solves this problem.
method 2: 1/8″ to dual 1/4″ cable using line inputs
headphone jack > 1/8″ to dual 1/4″ cable > line level stereo pair mixer inputs.
many mixers will have a series of dedicated 1/4″ stereo pair inputs; the yamaha mg10 in the attached video has 3 of these pairs. Since this method uses line level inputs, there is no need to reduce the signal.
These stereo inputs were created for this, so it’s a much better solution than using 2 mic inputs. all you have to do is turn up the channel volume and you’re good to go.
The downside of this method is that it uses an unbalanced cable, which can only run up to 10′ – 20′ before the audio degrades. If you need a longer cable than this, the balanced solution below is for you.
headphone jack > 1/8″ to dual 1/4″ cable > di box > dual xlr cables > mic level mixer inputs.
- radial stereo dibox: https://currentprice.io/radial_prod2
- xlr cable: https://currentprice.io/xlr_cable
di box outputs a balanced version of the signal, reducing it from line level to mic level at the same time. so all you need to do is connect it to your mixer’s mic inputs using xlr cables.
increase the channels and place them to the left and right, respectively, to keep the stereo sound of your phone. the cable run between the di box and the mixer can be much longer than 20′, giving you greater flexibility.
The downside of this solution is that you reuse 2 of your mixer’s mic inputs. if you’re limited to 4, this is far from ideal. Next, we’ll look at a di box solution that mono sums the left and right signals into a single channel.
monkey sum di box
headphone jack > 1/8″ to dual 1/4″ cable > di box > xlr cable > mic level mixer input.
- radial a/v box: https://currentprice.io/proav1
- xlr cable: https://currentprice.io/xlr_cable
This method brings together everything we’ve seen so far. the line level signal from the phone is split into left and right and goes to the di box via 2 x 1/4″ cables.
The di box reduces incoming signals to mic level and mono sums them into a single balanced output that you can send to your mixing console via a long xlr cable.
This frees up a mic input on your mixer while maintaining the benefits of using a balanced cable!
wireless audio and amplifier; bluetooth
There are many bluetooth and wireless solutions out there, and we recently reviewed a bluetooth to xlr radio receiver. While it worked in our controlled test environment, we never recommend using a bluetooth connection at a live event. why…?
- user errorwhen pushed to use this solution, the person with the phone often goes out of range, killing the music.
reliabilityThere is too much wireless interference, especially at large events where hundreds of guests connect to Wi-Fi and use other wireless devices. bluetooth is simply not a reliable option for professional use in such environments.
how to connect phone to audio mixer
equipment to connect telephone to audio mixer
- yamaha mg10: https://currentprice.io/yamaha_mg10
- yamaha dxr12 active speaker: https://currentprice.io/yamaha_dxr12
- headphone jack a dual 1/4″ cable: https://currentprice.io/14_to_dual_18
- apple lightning to headphone jack adapter: https://currentprice.io/lightning_18in
- stereo dibox radial: https://currentprice.io/radial_prod2
- radial box a/v di: https://currentprice.io/proav1
- xlr cable: https://currentprice. io/xlr_cable
connect phone to chapters audio mixer
- 0:00 – introduction
- 0:21 – 1/8″ to dual 1/4″ cable on microphone input
- 1:33 – 1 /8″ to dual 1/4″ cable in line input
- 2:05 – di box stereo
- 3:30 – di box mono sum
- 4:30 – wireless audio and amplifier; bluetooth
- 5:16 – final thoughts