How to Hook Up a Behringer Mixer to a Computer

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How to Hook Up a Behringer Mixer to a Computer
Hook up a Behringer mixer to a computer with standard audio cables. (mixer image by turkinson from Fotolia.com)

Behringer manufactures a line of audio mixers for managing the sound of live performances and for shaping the tonal qualities of music in the studio. The company's mixers can be connected to a computer or laptop with some very basic equipment to convert the jacks on the mixer into a size that can be hooked up to the computer. Once connected, the computer can be used as an audio source for inputting sound to the mixer, or as a recorder for capturing the mixed sound.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Stereo cables
  • Y adaptor with RCA jacks on two ends and a 3.5mm mini-plug on the other.
  • Computer with recording software or audio playback capability (CD drive or digital music on the hard drive, for example).

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Instructions

    Transmit Audio From Computer to Mixer

  1. 1

    Connect the computer for inputting audio to the Behringer by inserting the mini-plug on the Y adaptor into the computer's audio output jack (use the headphone jack on a laptop), typically located on the back of the tower.

  2. 2

    Insert the two plugs on one end of the audio cables into the jacks on the Y adaptor.

  3. 3

    Connect the plugs on the other end to a set of audio input jacks on the Behringer mixer. Each of the company's mixers is equipped with at least five audio input jacks.

    Connect Computer to Record From Mixer

  1. 1

    Insert the mini-plug on the Y adaptor into the computer's "Line IN" audio jack, typically located on the back of the tower, or the edge of a laptop.

  2. 2

    Insert the two plugs on one end of the audio cables into the jacks on the Y adaptor.

  3. 3

    Connect the plugs on the other end to the "Master OUT" jacks on the Behringer mixer.

Tips and warnings

  • Shut down the computer and unplug the mixer while connecting the two components.

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