How to Hook Up a Mackie Mixer to Speakers

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How to Hook Up a Mackie Mixer to Speakers
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A Mackie mixing board connects with different types of audio equipment to blend the sounds into an output signal for playback on speakers. Mackie mixers can accommodate musical instruments, CD players and turntables, MP3 players and other digital audio devices. Getting the signal out to stereo speakers requires an amplifier to boost the volume, since the output from the mixing board alone is not powerful enough to drive speakers. Standard audio cables connect the Mackie mixer to the amp, which hooks up to the loudspeakers with speaker wire.

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Things you need

  • Power amplifier
  • RCA-type audio cables
  • Wire strippers
  • Speaker wire

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  1. 1

    Plug the white and red audio cables into the left and right Master OUT or AUX OUT jacks on the Mackie mixer.

  2. 2

    Insert the plugs on the other end of the cables into the left and right audio input jacks on the amplifier.

  3. 3

    Peel off 1/2-inch of insulation from each end of the speaker wires using the wire strippers.

  4. 4

    Attach the speaker wires to the amp and each speaker by lifting the plastic clips on the terminals to reveal holes for inserting the wires. The red speaker wire connects to the red (positive) terminal. The other wire connects to the black (negative) terminal.

Tips and warnings

  • Take care not to reverse the polarity of the speaker wires when connecting between the amp and the receiver. Always connect the red wire to the positive terminals to keep the polarity consistent.
  • Unplug the Mackie and the amp from the electricity when connecting or disconnecting speakers and audio equipment from either component.

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