How to Connect a Guitar to a Mixer

by Izzy Barden
A mixer can turn noise into music.

A mixer can turn noise into music.

Burke/Triolo Productions/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

The difference between a group of instruments playing at the same time and a pleasing song is how well the different sounds blend together to form one harmonious tune. This is why accomplished artists, as well as aspiring amateurs, often enlist the use of a mixer. Each instrument is plugged directly or indirectly into the device so all sound outpoint is controllable in one location. In the case of a guitar, it is an indirect input, because you must incorporate a direct Injection (DI) box, or just set up a microphone in front of your guitar amplifier.

Items you will need

  • Guitar cord
  • Direct Injection (DI) box
  • Microphone cord
  • Mixer
  • Microphone (optional)
  • Microphone stand (optional)

DI Box

Step 1

Plug one end of your guitar cord into the body input of your guitar.

Step 2

Plug the other end of your guitar cord in a Direct Injection (DI) box. This will allow you to plug into the mixer without using a microphone.

Step 3

Plug the long metallic end of the microphone cord into the DI box and the pronged end into one of the microphone joints in the mixer.

Microphone

Step 1

Attach the female end of the microphone cord onto the butt of the microphone.

Step 2

Slide the microphone into the mouth of the guitar stand and adjust it so that the microphone is level with the speaker of your guitar amplifier.

Step 3

Plug the pronged end of the microphone cord directly into one of the microphone inputs in your mixer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Mixers take years to master and use appropriately, take the time to tweak with different levels after you have nailed the basics.
  • Make sure all levels are turned all the way down before plugging a microphone or DI box into a mixer, and gradually turn up the volume after the connection has been made. This helps prevent feedback or blasting your ears out before you even start playing.

About the Author

Izzy Barden began writing in 2010 for various websites, specializing in golf and tattoos. He was awarded the Russ Morrison Golf Scholarship in Santa Barbara, Calif., where he attended Santa Barbara City College to study journalism and later dentistry at University of California, Los Angeles.

Photo Credits

  • Burke/Triolo Productions/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images