Im trying to connect my computer to a mixer board. When I connect it to the mixer from PC i get a very bad sound (sounds distorted or some sort).

Bad sound diagram:

(PC headphone) --> 3.5mm cable --> 1/4 Adapter --> Mixer Line in (neutrik xlr trs combo)

Am I doing this wrongly? Or should I even

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yeah you're doing it wrong.

The PC headphone output is a stereo output jack. pinout is :

  • Tip: Left
  • Ring: Right
  • Sleeve: Ground.

In order to connect this to a computer, you need to make an adapter cable.

you will need two XLR's or 1/4 inch adapters.

1/4" adapter or XLR Adapter 1 (Left) will require the following pinout:

  • Pin 1 (ground) (Sleeve)
  • Pin 2 (Left Signal) (Tip)
  • Pin 3 (ground) (Ring)

1/4" adapter or XLR Adapter 2 (Right) will require the following pinout:

  • Pin 1 (ground) (Sleeve)
  • Pin 2 (Right Signal) (Tip)
  • Pin 3 (ground) (Ring)

What you are currently doing (wrong) is connecting the stereo signal directly to the XLR input:

  • pin 1 (ground)
  • pin 2 (left)
  • pin 3 (right).

Because the input is balanced, the signal you are experiencing on the input is actually "L-R" which is the stereo 'difference' signal.

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