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    What is the difference between line and phono inputs?

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    Hi, I'm new here, actually new to the whole scene. I just picked up two Technics 1200 MKII's with a Gemini BPM1000 4 channel mixer yesterday. Hooking everything up, I noticed that the back of the unit has inputs for both Phono and Lines. Is one stronger than the other or should I use one over the other ? What's the advantages/disadvantages of using one or the other ? Or are they the exact same with different names? Would it be any advantage to plug my turn tables into the line inputs instead of the phono inputs? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    well first off welcome to futureproducers.com!!

    turntables put out a very low signal, so low that it needs to amplified with a phono pre-amp... the phono pre-amp amplifies the signal to line level..

    a line level is what the outs on something like your cd player at home puts out.. so if you plug your turntable into a line its going to be reaally quiet..

    you don't want to plug anything but turntables into the phono pre-amp it'll be bad and could damage thing..

    the line ins are for hooking up things like cd turntables and such..

    hope that helps!!

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    Originally posted by infradead
    you don't want to plug anything but turntables into the phono pre-amp it'll be bad and could damage thing..
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    So your saying if I have my drum machine running though phono, that would be bad? oooops.
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    Welcome to FP!


    running hte drum machine thorugh phono is a bad idea!
    Hook it up to a line input on the mixer, othewise you'll damage the phono-amp, like infra already said.
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    Oh phewww! And here I thought I was damaging my drum machine! The mixer isn't mine....its on a "30 day trial" from Guitar Center

    Thats good to know though.
    it is better to burn out than to fade away

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    and another thing, make sure you hook the ground wires up.
    there should be a post (or two) in the back of the mixer with a screw in it.
    each turntable will have a wire coming out of it just all by itself, and it should say ground on it.
    make sure you hook those up to those posts if you havent.
    if you have, ignore that, but just wanted to throw that out there, we've all gotten new gear at one time or another.
    good questions, good luck with everything.
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    Originally posted by Butthead
    and another thing, make sure you hook the ground wires up.
    there should be a post (or two) in the back of the mixer with a screw in it.
    each turntable will have a wire coming out of it just all by itself, and it should say ground on it.
    make sure you hook those up to those posts if you havent.
    if you have, ignore that, but just wanted to throw that out there, we've all gotten new gear at one time or another.
    good questions, good luck with everything.
    Josh
    Question, I am getting my turntables this week, and I'll get my mixer next week. What should I do to ground my decks before I get my mixer? I want to listen to my records while I'm waiting for mr mixer, can I just not worry about the grounding?

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    Originally posted by Syrophenikan


    Question, I am getting my turntables this week, and I'll get my mixer next week. What should I do to ground my decks before I get my mixer? I want to listen to my records while I'm waiting for mr mixer, can I just not worry about the grounding?
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    Originally posted by AlurOne!
    something solid and metal.
    But you still need a phono amp. As much as it sucks, you just have to chill out for awhile man. The time will come...
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