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The Mic/Line Switch


The Mic/Line Switch allows you to either use the channel for a 
microphone or a line level (line level devices typically send more electrical current than a microphone. Examples of line level devices are keyboards, CD players, etc.).



Your mic input will be the female XLR connector (sometimes called a jack); the line input will be a female 1/4″ jack connector.




As a vocalist, your mic will enter the mixing board in one of these inputs.

Your microphone will almost always connect with the mixing board using XLR to the Mic input.

If you’re using a vocal processor, it may be a mic or line device.

That is, you will connect your mic to the processor and then you will connect the processor to the mixing board into either the mic or line input.

Note: if you don’t know if your processor is a Mic or Line device – try the Mic input first starting with the Gain as low as it can go.

Back To VC’s Brief Guide To The Mixing Board


  • Mike

    I just purchased the T.C. Helicon Voice Live 2. and I have just a Yamaha MG10/2 mixing console going through my E-MU 0202 audio interface USB 2.0 (Sound Card)  in to my computor which is a Acer Extensa 4620Z that has Windows Vista in it with Cubase 5 .
    Now my question is What is the best way to hook my T.C. Helicon up with my mixer to get the most out of it ” To hook it up by going direct from Helicon to mixer gives only one channel at a time or to wire it in to the mixer so every channel on the mixer would be able to use the helicon at the same time , instead of just one vocal channel at a time just as if the helicon is the singer or the one delivering the audio.
    How would I wire into a mixer with the Helicon