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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How does it work without power?
A: It's based on the same design as an XLR Audio Pad, except it lets you Continuously Vary the attenuation of the pad, and in doing so the level of the signal.

Q: Must the Signal be XLR Balanced?
A: YES! All sources must have balanced XLR outs, such as from a mic or direct box. There is simply no way to use a cable to convert from 2 conductor 1/4" to 3 pin XLR on the other end & have it magically become balanced. This is what a direct box does.

A T/R/S to XLR Cable SHOULD work ASSUMING the output is actually T/R/S, but sadly most are not. In deference to the odds I don't recommend it.

Balanced sources must have 3 connections at BOTH ends: in phase, out of phase & ground. Here's an article explaining balanced audio


Q: How can I minimize signal loss?
A: By starting with all knobs up full & turning down only what you want less of. You can't overload this mixer.

It's not an issue unless what you're plugging it into has very little gain built into the design or is outrageously noisy, in which case the noise would become more noticeable (The Mini XLR Mixer itself can't create any noise).


Q: When will it ship out?
A: If before the USPS pickup time, which varies widely, it will likely go out the same day. Otherwise, it will ship out the next day.

Q: How long will it take to get to me?
A: USPS Priority Mail(tm) take 2-3 days depending on zip code & Saturday does count as a day.

Q: What about Phantom Power?
A: It passes through slightly reduced phantom power from House Sound Systems, Powered Speakers, or other mixers. The vast majority of condensor mics don't need the full 48 volts unless it's specifically designated as P48. Actual voltage varies depending on the current draw of the mics involved. Since the mixer itself doesn't require power, it can't provide it in & of itself.

Q: Can I use line level signals?
A: Yes. Mic or line level. You get out what you put in.

Q: How do I control the overall level of the mix?
A: Use the level control on what you're plugging it into (mixer, combo amp, powered speaker, etc.) Control the overall equalization with the EQ on that device as well.

Q: Do you use brand name parts?
A: Yes. All XLR are Neutrik, potentiometers are Bourns & cases are Hammond.

Q: How big is it?
A: It measures 4 5/8" Long x 3 3/8" Wide (w/ knobs) x 1 5/8" High. About the size of a guitar pedal. Weight approx 10 oz.

Q: Do you ship internationally?
A: Yes, except I will not ship to China or territories due to the rampant copying of products. Drop me an email for pricing. There are multiple options & paypal cannot calculate it. When you're ready to order I send you a paypal invoice, which you can pay any way you choose.

FYI: Besides shipping, your country (Not Me) will likely also charge you an import duty.

Just something to factor in.


Q: Can I have it overnighted?
A: Yes, just email me first to make sure I can do it first, because I do some traveling. USPS is easy if there is already a pickup for today (they don't do same day pickups). UPS raised their price big time this year, and add additional fees to pickup. So UPS won't be cheap.

Q: How do I Pay?
A: Paypal handles all orders by credit or debit card, and you DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MEMBER to use it. Having problems with the button? Click Here for help.

Q: Where are the products made?
A: Everything is assembled in the USA. Most of the electronic parts come from Southeast Asia, as sadly there are few if any US manufacturers any more. I make every attempt to source US wherever possible, but suppliers refuse to allow me to give a preference. The cases are made by Hammond in Taiwan and machined in-house. Neutrik XLR connectors are listed in their website as being made in Liechtenstein.

Nothing from AVLifesavers will EVER be assembled in China!


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