two keyboards one pair headphones

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    Hi, new on hear, hope you can help. All i want to do is play two keyboards through one pair of headphones, but one keyboard is allways very quiet whilst other is fine. I am plugging in a splitter cable to the headphone outlets of both keyboards. namely a 2x 6.5mm stereo jacks to 1x 6.5mm stereo socket. The jacks into the synths and the socket i plug in headphones. Do i need really good quality cables, or some kind of simple headphone amp etc. Any help would be great thanks.
     
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    Stop feeding two active circuits into a single load thru a passive splitter immediately. You are asking for all sorts of problems.

    Get a proper mixer or headphone amp like one from these guys immediately.

    http://www.rolls.com/
     
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    You snoozed you loozed :D Seriously though, that Behringer 502 is ideal for the setup he described. Though if I were he I'd be looking for a local vendor or at least an etailer in his own country.

    Ebay being what it is and not to mention the differences in power supplies it depends what country he's in where he should buy and whatever UL standards may apply.

    Gary
     
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    Thanks to both of you, you have more than answered my question. I thaught that perhaps it seemed odd to feed two lots of signals into one pair of headphones.
     
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    Gary, your a gent, this is just what i need and i have ordered one. Many thanks again, from a very wet England
     
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    You're very welcome Mark. And a frostbitten pinch of the Royals' buttcheeks from the colonial splendor that is and was the great white north, Canada... ;)
     
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    Good God! Those are mono sockets on that mixer. You need a couple of 1/4" stereo to 1/4" Mono adapters on them. Stop trying to use the stereo plugs into that mixer. Read the manual that came with the mixer to see what sort or inputs and outputs it takes and post us here if you have any further questions.

    Use one of these on each keyboard's headphone out

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-4-Jack-6-35mm-STEREO-PLUG-2-MONO-Sockets-SPLITTER-/360179886720

    And then some standard 1/4" mono instrument patch cables to connect to the mixer. You'll need 4 of them.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10FT-6-35...?pt=UK_Guitar_Accessories&hash=item5645ed33ee

    And turn all the output levels on your keyboard and mixer way down and gradually inch them up til they reach acceptable levels.

    BTW, do your keyboards have 1/4" mono lines out? What make and model keyboards are they exactly? If so, don't bother using the headphone jacks. Just plug directly from keyboard lines out to mixer and then use headphones plugged into the mixer's headphone out.

    BTW, you don't necessarily have to buy the above items from Amazon. If you're in a hurry you should be able to find them at a musical instrument shop or a Radio Shack or whatever the UK equivalent is.
     
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    Here's a diagram showing roughly how it should be hooked up.

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    Either plug the 1/4" mono instrument patch cables thru the stereo to mono splitter/adaptors to the headphones out

    or preferably

    just plug the 1/4" mono cables directly to the 1/4" mono line outputs of your keyboards if they have them.

    Depends on make and model of keyboard. Most low end consumer keyboards have no line outs but most professional quality gear will have 1/4 mono line outs.
     

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