When I connect a single balanced 1/4 inch cable to the Right/Mono out from the T8S to the analogue input on the LI.... 

Inputs 2 and 3 are from Mainstage via my MacBook Pro via a 1/8th inch output from the Mac to 2 Quarter Inch in's to channel 2/3 of the T8S.

If I PAN channel 2 to the LEFT, it goes away completely in the LI--If I pan it RIGHT, it gets louder. (Same is tru if I use either one of the XLR OUTS)

Shouldn't there be a way to get a MONO sound from the T8S to the LI? Ok, yes, I can pan both channels 2 and 3 Hard RIGHT, BUT... then I want to send Aux 1 and 2 to the House PA--and the FOH engineer wants Mainstage panned Hard Right and Hard Left for his FOH imaging. But if I do that, then I'm only going to hear one side of Mainstage through the LI. Of course I can also use BOTH outputs and connect another speaker---this seems to be possibly the best solution--it's just more gear, and really I find the LI sounds fine by itself. Maybe I should just leave both channels 2/3 panned to the Center---but then I guess the FOH is not getting a true stereo spread.

Thoughts please? Thanks in advance.

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Hi Dr.Mike,

You're using the one of the 1/4" (6.3mm) output for your L1 and both XLR Outputs for the Front Of House.  The 1/4" (6.3mm) Outputs (left and right) and the XLR Outputs are clones.  They can't be configured separately (e.g., mono on 1/4" (6.3mm) and stereo XLR.

We spoke about this in your other thread

Best way to record output of keyboards and Mainstage from T8S?

Normally, you can configure one of the Aux outputs to be mono, but you're using all four of them for recording.

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Maybe I should just leave both channels 2/3 panned to the Center---but then I guess the FOH is not getting a true stereo spread.


Is the Front Of House running stereo?

ST

Thanks for your reply.  I just thought I would start a new thread for this stereo mono issue.  Actually I have decided that it is best to use the auxiliary outputs 1/2 to send to the front of house. That way the volume of my main out is not tied to the recording or live sound. And I can easily give myself a little boost if needed in the heat of battle. So you’re saying that I could configure one aux out to be mono? (I don’t know why part of this reply is in a grey block—lol) What is the best volume settings for the aux sends—default is 50% I believe. I don’t think it would be as convenient to use an aux for my monitoring with the L1. Not as easy to make small tweaks to levels while leaving the house sound levels alone. I guess my question is why is one output marked mono when it seems to be just half of a stereo send? Would the issue be the same with the rj45 output on the smaller mixers or is this unique to the T8S?  Thank you.

Hi Dr.Mike,

Dr.Mike posted:

Thanks for your reply.  I just thought I would start a new thread for this stereo mono issue.  Actually I have decided that it is best to use the auxiliary outputs 1/2 to send to the front of house. That way the volume of my main out is not tied to the recording or live sound. And I can easily give myself a little boost if needed in the heat of battle.

Sure, I understand the heat of the battle. 

So you’re saying that I could configure one aux out to be mono? (I don’t know why part of this reply is in a grey block—lol).

Each Aux output is mono. You can send any or all channels 1-8 to any Aux output. If you send all the channels, then you'll have one mono output.

What is the best volume settings for the aux sends—default is 50% I believe.

This depends on the gain staging of the device at the other end. 50% is good place to start.

I don’t think it would be as convenient to use an aux for my monitoring with the L1. Not as easy to make small tweaks to levels while leaving the house sound levels alone.

This is the heat of battle thing again.

 I guess my question is why is one output marked mono when it seems to be just half of a stereo send?

If you pan everything up the middle (or hard right), you're running mono. Then you can can get a mono signal from the 1/4" (6.3mm) output marked Mono.

You're right, you can't treat the inputs as stereo (pan some inputs hard left, and some hard right), and get a mono signal out of the just one of the Main outputs.

Would the issue be the same with the rj45 output on the smaller mixers or is this unique to the T8S?  Thank you.

The T1 is a mono device (no pan, only one Master Output).

The T4S functions the same way as the T8S, except that it has fewer inputs and only two Aux outputs. The T4S Right RJ45 output will be mono if you pan everything up the middle (or hard right),

To deal with the heat of the moment changes, you might consider a Mackie Big Knob Passive

I haven't researched it thoroughly, but it looks promising.

Check out the Owner's Manual.

ST

Man, thanks so much for the detailed replies! I really appreciate the feedback. I think I'm beginning to understand the T8S better. While the "Big Knob" is interesting--I would prefer not to add more gear into the mix. And I guess I could experiment with using one of the auxes for my mono out (and just get used to tweaking the Aux gain out "in the heat of the battle")---but it seems to make more sense to maybe just add another speaker to my set up if I'm going to run Stereo, and send a stereo pair (of auxes) to the FOH. As you alluded to I'm not exactly convinced they are truly running stereo in the FOH anyway--LOL.  Also, I guess if I leave everything panned to center, or hard right, then the FOH would really just need one aux send..? AnywayI do like the idea of adding a second speaker like another LI or one of the other Bose options--suggestions? That way I could run in stereo. And the FOH could have the OPTION of getting stereo signal. Couldn't they also just tap off of each of my outputs with a DI before it reaches my T8S? (Sometimes I use more than 5 or 6 inputs)---It seems I shouldn't have to think about this so much and I could just do my job in creating a good sound on stage--and let them do their job of getting the signals to the FOH--ahhh---if only... a guy can dream! (Occasionally we do run into these elusive "dream sound engineers"---and it is truly a treat!!!!

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