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Re: Settings for Peavey XR600F

10/15/2004 4:36 AM
Re: Settings for Peavey XR600F
The Pro Audio forum over at will also get you good advice. But using this amp is not difficult. You can also download the owners manual for the amp at that web site.  
Ther are the channel inputs - a group of controls for each input jack. Ther is the master control section - all the stuff on the right. Then ther is the power amp - think of it as the speaker outputs on the rear.  
You use the MAIN output for the house speakers.  
Will you be using monitors? Monitors are additional speaker aimed at the performers so they can hear. If you are just relying on them hearing the main speakers, then forget monitors. If you need them, write back and we will cover it.  
The MAIN master volume is just that, it controls the overall level of sound.  
I am not immediately familiar with the F model, but it will be similar to all the other XR600 models - worlds most popular mixer. Each channel has a volume control of its own - might be called gain or level. Start with it maybe 1/3 to 1/2 up. I don't know what you will be amplifying, but if you have two microphones and one is louder than the other, turn the channel volume on that one down a bit so it mixes well with the other. Likewise if the music is on one channel, adjust it so it is not louder or softer than it needs to be compared to the mic. We want to mix all the sources together for a good blend. Then we set the overall level with the master.  
Each channel has tone controls - we call them EQ controls but it means the same thing. High, Mid, Low mean treble, middle, bass, just like on your stereo. Start with them in the center - pointing up. Then you move them higher or lower to make the sound better. if one mic sounds a bit thin, boost the lows, or if overly bright, reduce the highs. If you find all the lows, or all the highs set to the boost or reduce settings, then recenter them and we will adjust over on the graphic. Experiment with them and you will get a feel for that.  
The monitor or MON control is a separate volume control for the monitor signal. If you arenot using monitors it doesn't mattre, turn it to zero if you like.  
If there is an effects knob, it sends some of the signal over to the reverb. So you can dial in the amopunt of reverb you like. Maybe set the vocal mic reverb knob to 4 - and turn it up or down if you don't like the amount of reverb that results. You might want some reverb on the vocal mic, but probably zero reverb on the recorded music.  
If there is a TRIM, that is a sort of sub-volume control for the channel.  
Now on to the MASTER section. Start with all the graphic sliders in the center position. Avoid the temptation for the smiley face curve. Some folks even tell you to set the smiley face before you even turn it on. The graphic is used to even out the sound. All speakers do not sound alike, and each room has its own acoustics, so we ccompensate with the graphic. Play a CD through the system, and slide all the sliders to the bottom. Then slide them one at a time to the top and listen to what comes out the speakers. Then slide it back down and do the next. You will hear each one controls a part of the audio tone. The one at a time experiment helps teach you their sound.  
The MASTER or MAIN cocntrols the overall level. The MON MASTER controls the opverall level of the monitors - if you use any. The effects return or level determines how much reverb you get. Does the XR600F have a DSP effects unit? Set the reverb or effects return control al the way up and then make sure reverb happens on any channel that has its reverb control turned up. Once you know it works,back off the reverb control in the master area to a level that sounds good.  
I believe ther are two power amps in the amp, output A and B or 1 and 2. COUld even be three. If there is a selector switch marked somethingn like PA assign, set it to the setting that says both are on MAIN. That way both power amps will carry the MAIN signal and you have two amps to drive the speakers. If you use monitors there might be a settign where one amp can be mains and the other for monitors. If you need that just ask.  
If there is no assign switch, then in all likelihood, the amps afrde already assigned internally to the MAIN out.  
Does that help?