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    I need to have a volume control for a direct box I'm planning on using to send a backing track out to the FOH PA system for live shows. I am not using a mixing console for this so please only gear responses towards the direct box approach. Too many details to get into.

    The only direct boxes I can find for under $50 have an "attenuation" control but not a "volume" control. My band wants me to be able to adjust the volume of this backing track on the fly as needed. This seems simple but will this work?

    Here is a link to a direct box I found:

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...m=Y&sku=155416


    Thanks!

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    That may do the trick. It attenuates from -20 to -infinity. Its designed for running line level into a mic input. With the pot you should be able to adjust it for instrument level into a mic level input.

    These are more expensive but you can buy them based on impedance needs. http://naiant.com/studio-electronics...ne-attenuator/

    If you use the dropdown you can see they are made for attenuating a Mic or line level, then you have balanced or unbalanced.

    This one doesn't seem to have any min/max impedance requirements. http://www.fullcompass.com/prod/1998...com-SES-MKP-29

    If you were looking for a multichannel which doesn't color the sound this might be the ticket. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...Fci3wAodzfwI8A
    Last edited by WRGKMC; 10-10-2017, 08:19 AM.

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      Originally posted by WRGKMC View Post
      That may do the trick. It attenuates from -20 to -infinity. Its designed for running line level into a mic input. With the pot you should be able to adjust it for instrument level into a mic level input.

      These are more expensive but you can buy them based on impedance needs. http://naiant.com/studio-electronics...ne-attenuator/

      If you use the dropdown you can see they are made for attenuating a Mic or line level, then you have balanced or unbalanced.

      This one doesn't seem to have any min/max impedance requirements. http://www.fullcompass.com/prod/1998...com-SES-MKP-29

      If you were looking for a multichannel which doesn't color the sound this might be the ticket. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...Fci3wAodzfwI8A


      Thanks for the advice and links. I will need a quarter inch input so that 2nd one won't work. I may just try and go with the Rolls one.

      Basically what I am doing is this:

      I'm a drummer playing with a live band using a click track with backing track. These are wave files with the click in the left channel and the track in the right. I have a Yamaha MG06 mixer and run the files off my phone.

      I could run everything through the mixer and have an out from it but that would mean I have to have the click in the left ear since I run out through the right channel. Also, I will have a floor monitor mix going into the Yamaha and in stereo through my in ears. I don't want to send that out to the PA.

      The solution that seems to work best is to just send the backing track directly out through a direct box and have the sound man set the level. That allows me to only hear the click but in both ears with a monitor mix since I won't be sending anything "out" from the Yamaha mixer.

      The band wants me to have level control over the backing track at all times so this is why I came to this option with the Rolls direct box.

      It may be the case of not even having to adjust the level to going up or down a notch or two maybe just once during the show. Figured for something that simple I don't want to spend a lot.

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