iPod problem

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iPod problem

Post by Spookymufu » Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:56 pm

Okay all you young techy people, I have a problem I need help with...

I was planning on running my wifes iPod through my guitar amp for some loud thunder/music for Halloween night but the problem is the iPod is sterio (of course) but my amp is mono, so do any of you know how I might be able to make the iPod play in a mono mode?
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Re: iPod problem

Post by Spookymufu » Tue Sep 29, 2009 4:03 pm

never mind, I found the answer, a sterio to mono adapter from Radio Shack
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Re: iPod problem

Post by Andybev01 » Tue Sep 29, 2009 4:13 pm

Dude; that is so creepy.
I was just going to post a link but when I came back here you posted the exact same thing.

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Re: iPod problem

Post by adrian » Tue Sep 29, 2009 4:15 pm

good, i'm glad you found it
but for future reference. if you have any sort of p.a. and ANY number of channels sound board. there's a pretty cheap adapter that produces a pretty crisp sound through loud speakers. i used the adapter for my mac :)
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Re: iPod problem

Post by Spookymufu » Tue Sep 29, 2009 6:12 pm

Andybev01 wrote:spooky :shock:
thats my name ;)
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Re: iPod problem

Post by Pumpkin_Man » Wed Sep 30, 2009 2:42 pm

I ran my iPod into my digital-to-analogue filter, and it sounded LOUSY! The iPod sounds great when I listen to it with the ear phones, but it sounded lousy when I hooked it up to my converter and tried to play it through my good stereo system. The reason is because iPod audio files are so small and a lot of the sound quality is lost. I wouldn't be suprised if you have the same problem with your guitar amp. You may want to consider just buying a sound effects CD.

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Re: iPod problem

Post by adrian » Wed Sep 30, 2009 2:46 pm

well the thing about a guitar amp is that the speakers that are built in are meant to handle certain types of frequencies... although the amp can be used for P.A. (usually as a sub) if you're wanting a good crisp sound, i'd look at buying (if not just renting or borrowing) a couple of good p.a. speakers with a small sound board. since you're just using the iPod you'll only need one channel. with that, its just only one type of chord and its very user friendly :)
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Re: iPod problem

Post by Pumpkin_Man » Wed Sep 30, 2009 3:00 pm

That's an aweful expensive alternative to ordering a Halloween sound effects CD on line, and the iPod is not going to make the P.A. speakers sound any better, eiether. It just doesn't have the deffinition.

A good CD player, good quality home stereo system and a CD is the best way to go IMHO.

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Re: iPod problem

Post by adrian » Wed Sep 30, 2009 3:45 pm

the iPod doesn't have anything to do with the P.A. the board will handle that (we use one iPod and 3 Macs during our sets) plus i use apple apps when running a large outdoor set

yea it is a little more expensive so i'm speaking in the mind set of a LARGE party and with music other than halloween sounds :)
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Re: iPod problem

Post by Spookymufu » Wed Sep 30, 2009 4:24 pm

I guess I could shed some light on my intended use here......

Halloween noise is but one reason I wanted this. I also like to listen to music in the garage while I work on stuff and I dont have a home system anymore, I didnt even think I had a CD player. But, I found that if I use the iPod with the radio tuner attachment (to play iPod over the fm radio) played over my kids CD Player then connected via the headphone of the cd player to the input on my guitar amp I get really good sounding, loud music (in mono of course). It cant compare to a good home stereo but I dont want to buy one just for the garage. Any other time I listen to music it's either in the car, or at my desk over my PC.

I have several Halloween CDs, about 3 of them are actually good but my kids CD player cant play loud enough for convincing thunder :)

Oh, and I wanted to do this as cheap as possible.
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Re: iPod problem

Post by NeverMore » Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:47 pm

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One cheap way to do it, if you have the original CDs, is to re-import the songs into iTunes in mono then transfer em back to your device.

Open iTunes, go to Edit in the File menu, click on Preferences. On the General tab, where it says "When you insert a CD", click the Import Settings button. In the next dialog box, go to Setting and click on Custom. Change Channels to mono.

This is with iTunes version 8 BTW. May be different with your version but the settings will still be there somewhere.

A nice benefit to this is the file sizes will be smaller so you can fit more songs on your device.

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Re: iPod problem

Post by adrian » Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:51 pm

yea i have an i Airplay that plays through fm and it works great :)
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Re: iPod problem

Post by Pumpkin_Man » Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:50 am

Okay, I see what you mean. You're just looking for a means to an end so to speak. I tend to be a purist when it comes to audio. I have a vaccum tube stereo system that I love, and everything I play through it sounds great, except for my iPod. I do use my iPod a lot when I'm out walking or mowing the lawn, but when it comes to my home system, I much prefer a CD or even an LP.

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Re: iPod problem

Post by Spookymufu » Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:35 am

yeah Mike, I can understand that.

But in this case I am simply looking for a way to play my music or Halloween stuff loudly and "good enough" for the garage/haunt.
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Re: iPod problem

Post by Pumpkin_Man » Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:51 pm

Not a problem. I think you and Adrien are on the right using Apple equipment as oposed to P.C. when it comes ti iPods. I have a P.C. at home, and it works okay, but my iPod is an Apple, and sometimes it "skips" on certain songs, and I have to hook it up to the computer and re synk everything to fix the problem.

The good news is that I can take some of my oldes and dearest phonograph records, burn them to a CD, then dump them to my P.C. and ultimately to my iPod to have when I'm out on my walks.

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