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Crate PA8FX 8-Channel Powered Mixer

Low Z Balanced and High Z Line Input. Reverb Return. (8) Rate and review this product
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The FX digital circuit on the PA4FX, PA6FX, and PA8FX models, follows the huge success of Crate's GFX circuit technology for instrument amplification. They now offer this versatile selection of digital reverbs, delays, and chorus specially designed with vocal and PA applications in mind.

A Rundown on the Control Panel
Low Z Balanced Input: Connection of a microphone (or similar source) to the mixer is made here using a balanced XLR-type low-Z plug. The wiring for the connector is as follows: Pin 1 = Signal ground, Pin 2 =Signal +, Pin 3 = Signal +.

High Z Line Input: Connection of an instrument (or similar line level source) to the mixer is made here using either a balanced or unbalanced 1/4 in. high-Z plug. The wiring for the connector is as follows: Tip =Signal +, Ring = Signal +, Sleeve = Ground.

Main: This serves as the input level adjustment control for each channel and allows you to properly mix the channels for a well-balanced master output signal.

Low EQ: Adjust each channel's low frequency output with this control: the center position is "flat," that is, no boost or cut. By turning the control to the left you reduce the low frequency output; turning it to the right increases the low frequency output. The Low control allows +/-15dB of boost or cut at 80Hz and primarily affects the notes you "feel" such as those from a bass guitar or kick drum.

High EQ: Adjust each channel's high frequency output with this control: the center position is "flat," that is, no boost or cut. Turning the control to the left reduces the high frequency output; turning it to the right increases the high frequency output. The High control allows +/-15dB of boost or cut at 10kHz and primarily affects the "crispness" of the sound.

Reverb/Effects: Adjust the amount of internal effect and/or external effects for each channel with this control: in its full left position the signal will be "dry" (without any reverb). As you turn the control to the right the amount of reverb/effect increases. This control is post-EQ and post-Gain.

Low: Adjust the overall low frequency output with this control: the center position is "flat" (no boost or cut). Turning the control to the left reduces the low frequency output; turning it to the right increases the low frequency output. The Master Low control allows +/-15dB of boost or cut at 50Hz.

Mid: Adjust the overall midrange level with this control: the center position is "flat" (no boost or cut). Turning the control to the left reduces the midrange output; turning it to the right increases the midrange output. The Master Mid control allows +/-15dB of boost or cut at 600Hz.

High: Adjust the overall high frequency level with this control: the center position is "flat" (no boost or cut). Turning the control to the left reduces the high frequency output; turning it to the right increases the high frequency output. The Master High control allows +/-15dB of boost or cut at 10kHz.

On LED: This LED glows red when the unit is plugged in and turned on. (If the LED won't light when you turn on the power switch - check for a good connection to the power outlet and make sure the out - let is "live.")

Reverb Return: Adjust the overall amount of reverb effect with this control: in its full left position the output signal will be "dry" (no reverb at all); as you bring the control to the right you increase the amount of reverb in relation to the settings of each channel's Reverb/Effects controls. This control is pre-Master EQ and pre-Master Level.

Effects Return: Adjust the overall amount of external effects, if used, with this control: in its full left position the output signal will be "dry" (no effect); as you bring the control to the right you increase the amount of external effect in relation to the settings of each channel's Reverb/Effects controls. This control is pre-Master EQ and pre-Main Level.

Digital Effects Selector: Choose which of Crate's onboard digital effects you want added to the signal with this control.

Main Level: This is the mixer's master volume control, which adjusts the overall level going to the unit's internal power amplifier. In order to reduce the risks of overdriving the amp, this control should be run at about 6 or 7 (1 or 2 o'clock). This will ensure maximum headroom availability to handle any large peaks (and therefore extreme power demands) in the program material.

Effects Return: When using an external effects device with the mixer, connect a shielded cable between the Output of the effects unit and this jack. This "returns" the processed signal to the mixer's internal amplifier.

Effects Send: When using an external effects device with the mixer, connect a shielded cable between this jack and the Input of the effects unit. The front panel effects loop is pre-main level and pre-EQ.

Tape Out: Connecting the mixer to a tape recorder or mixing console can be done through this jack. The line level signal at the jack is pre-Master EQ and post-Main Level. The Tape Out level is controlled by the Main Level control.

Aux In: Adding an external signal source, such as a CD player or tape deck can be done simply by plugging the Output of the source into this jack. The jack is a mono 1/4 in. unbalanced type which means that a stereo signal will have to be mixed down to a mono signal by using an appropriate summing device or cable.

Power: This heavy-duty rocker type switch is used to turn the mixer On in the up position, Off in the down position. The front-panel "On" LED will glow red when the power is on.

Power Cord: This heavy duty, grounded, 3-wire power cord is to be plugged into only a safely wired, grounded 120 volt, 60-cycle AC power outlet. Do not attempt to defeat the ground connection of this cable! If your mixer was purchased outside of the United States, see the unit's rear panel for its power rating and follow the above guidelines.

Speaker Outs: Using a 1/4 in. mono phone plug, connect the output of the mixer to your speaker cabinets with these jacks. Be sure to use heavy gauge speaker cable - NOT instrument patch cords - for these connections. The jacks are wired together in parallel. The internal amplifier of the PA-6FX/PA-8FX can deliver its full out-put into as low as 2 ohms. The chart in the column to the right can help you determine the total impedance load when connecting various combinations of speakers in parallel. Never connect the mixer to any combination of speakers that have a total impedance below 2 ohms!

Effects Loop 2 Line Out: This carries a pre-amplified, post-EQ signal to an external effects device. Connect the Line Out jack to the Input of the device using a shielded cable with mono 1/4 in. phone plugs. This sends a line level signal out from the mixer. The rear panel effects loop is post-Master EQ and post-Main Level, therefore its tone and output level are governed by the setting of the Master controls.

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Output Power Rating:
150 watts RMS @ 5% THD, 4 ohm load, 120VAC
220 watts RMS @ 5% THD, 2 ohm load, 120VAC

Channel EQs:
Low +/-15dB @ 80Hz
High +/-15dB @ 10kHz

Master EQs:
Low +/-15dB @ 50Hz
Mid +/-15dB @ 600Hz
High +/-15dB @ 10kHz

Input Impedance:
High Z 10k ohm
Low Z 1k ohm

Input Sensitivity:
High Z 20mV RMS
Low Z 2mV RMS
Aux In/Effects Return .25V RMS

Max. Input Signal:
High Z 4V RMS (11.25V peak-to-peak)
Low Z 40mV RMS (1.25V peak-to-peak)
Aux In/Effects Return 10V RMS (30V peak-to-peak)

Line Out/Line In Levels 1V RMS

Aux In/Tape Out Levels 1V RMS

Effects Return/Effects Send Levels 1V RMS

Dimensions (H x W x D): 10 x 20.25 x 9.5 in.

Weight: 34 lbs.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 866-858-5832
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