I would like to play virtual instruments in Ableton Live in rehearsal setting. At my disposal are:

Mixer offers 1/4 inch line ins per each channel and few RCA labeled "unbalanced" - I am not sure what this means in this situtation.

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Question: How do I connect interface to mixer, in order to hear interface output in the monitors?

Thank you for your consideration.

  • I can't figure out what you mean by "columns", by the way. That's not a term normally used to describe a part of an audio mixer. – Todd Wilcox Jan 22 '18 at 16:47
  • "Columns" would be local word for "monitor speakers". Apologies for the confusion. – Ponyman Jan 22 '18 at 21:05
  • Interesting. Old people like me would be likely to call monitor speakers "wedges", since they used to be almost always wedge-shaped speaker cabinets on the floor. I guess a lot of people now use the new style of column speakers that Bose invented. – Todd Wilcox Jan 22 '18 at 21:08
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    Here (in Poland) word "kolumna" singular / "kolumny" plural is used loosely to mention various specialized and/or high end speakers of considerable power. And most likely it stems from popularization of the standard mentioned by you. – Ponyman Jan 22 '18 at 21:21

Those red and white outputs on the back of the Scarlett Solo are called RCA jacks. In the case of the Scarlett, those jacks are outputs. You can connect them to any RCA inputs using an RCA cable.

This is what an RCA cable looks like:

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Get an RCA cable and connect it to the outputs of the Scalett, matching the red plug to the red jack and the white plug to the white jack. Plug the other end of the cable (white to white and red to red) into the left side of the group of four RCA jacks on the Mackie. That's the side the says "Tape In" to the left of the jacks.

Now look at the main fader, which is the one farthest to the right. Right above the main fader is a knob labelled "Tape Level". Play sound from your computer and turn the "Tape Level" knob slowly to the right until you hear the volume you want.

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  • You could also use the 1/4" outputs of the Scarlett interface and go into the Line In. – Basstickler Jan 22 '18 at 19:21
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    @Basstickler It appears the Scarlett Solo does not have 1/4" outputs, only RCA. – Todd Wilcox Jan 22 '18 at 19:22
  • Right you are! My apologies, I should have known you were thorough enough to not miss that. The only other thing I can think of that could be helpful in the event that RCA is not the preferred option would be to use the headphone output. That's actually what I use to go out of my interface to get into my headphone preamp, so I use a Y cable that goes from the 1/4" stereo to L and R mono 1/4". – Basstickler Jan 22 '18 at 20:17
  • This answers my question sufficiently. Thank you! – Ponyman Jan 22 '18 at 21:09

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