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I don’t know either why the phase is reversed on the output section, but if there is a reason you’d think they’d explain it in the manual.
But they don’t.
I tried researching under what conditions a reverse-phase output would be specifically desirable.. but I really couldn’t make much sense of what I was reading. But it seems it’s somehow useful in overlaying tracks in recordings.. and also something about compensating for long cable runs..
I did find another post of someone expressing confusion involving the reverse-phase INSERT on a Yamaha mixer (evidently all Yamaha mixers have at least 1 reverse-phase insert), and there was the following response which indicates to me that it would not work with my chain if I returned the exciter to the mixer and then sent it on to the rest of the chain..
Basically, you can either record with the signals from the group and main outs, OR you can take the signals from the inserts. If you use them together, the inserts will be out of phase with the group/main outputs.
However, someone else said:
You cannot simply reverse the phase of an unbalanced connection… you will just be shorting the signal to ground. However, if you have a balanced input on your recorder, you can make a cable that is wired as following: connect the + (of the unbal signal) to pin 3 (bal. input), and the ground (of the unbal signal) to pin 2 (bal input)That would effectively reverse the phase.
So perhaps using that method, I could then utilize Kens suggestion?
Admittedly, my comprehension of this is all so vague.. but I would like to quote one more comment I came across having to do with mixing balanced and unbalanced gear:
Conversely, an UNbalanced output is not push / pull, and the information is only on one of the wires, referenced to ground on the other. You can connect it directly to any input, even a balanced one. No matter that all your signal is on one leg – the addition of the two legs (signal and nothing) will still yeild the complete signal.
That sound to me to be say to just go ahead and connect the unbalanced directly to the balanced gear and it will be fine..?
And I’ve actually heard comments like this before which emphasized that short cable runs would not suffer any noticeable effect from this.
But then again.. more often I hear it would be a bad idea
..and the Rangemaster does require a balanced input.
I’m just expressing the thoughts floating around my head based on others opinions on the matter.. I’ve not been able to grasp any clear understanding on what route will properly work.
I hope this post isn’t complete nonsense