How to Use Spark LIVE’s Direct Output for Live Performances

How to Use Spark LIVE’s Direct Output for Live Performances

June 13, 2024By Joshua Fernandez 0 Comment

Are mic setups not your thing, or maybe you're caught without a mic at your gig? No worries—if you’ve got a few cables handy, connecting directly to a sound console is a straightforward alternative. After exploring how to mic Spark LIVE for both performing and recording, let’s dive into how to connect your Spark LIVE directly to the PA system or front of house (FOH), enhancing your live sound setup.

Why Choose Direct Output with Spark LIVE?

Opting for a direct connection with Spark LIVE offers distinct advantages over traditional mic setups:

  1. Controlled Sound Levels: Utilizing the direct output helps maintain lower stage volumes, which is particularly beneficial in intimate venues.
  2. Consistent Audio Quality: Gives sound engineers more control over the live mix, ensuring consistent sound quality throughout your performance.
  3. Isolation from Ambient Noise: Direct outputs aren’t affected by external noises, providing a clear and consistent audio experience.

However, there are reasons you might still consider mic setups:

  1. Room Acoustics: Some artists prefer the natural ambiance that mics can capture, providing a unique depth to the live sound that direct output may miss.
  2. Potential for a Dry Sound: Direct outputs can sometimes yield a less vibrant sound compared to the dynamic audio captured with mics.

Setting Up Spark LIVE with Direct Output

Configuring Spark LIVE for a direct connection to the console is quick and straightforward:

  1. Mono Setup: Grab a ¼” cable and plug it into the L/MONO output on Spark LIVE.
  2. Stereo Output: If stereo is needed, use another ¼” cable for the R output.
  3. Connect: Plug the other ends into a DI box or directly into the mixing console.

Ensure you’re prepared before the performance by allowing the sound engineer to balance the outputs as needed.


Using Spark LIVE as a Floor Monitor

A major benefit of using the direct output from Spark LIVE is the ability to use it as your personal floor monitor. Positioned at your feet and angled upwards, Spark LIVE lets you control your own monitor mix while the sound engineer manages how you sound to the audience – all thanks to its built-in kickstand.


We’ll dive into the specifics of using Spark LIVE as a monitor in a later article.

Available now at the official Positive Grid store, Spark LIVE can transform your live performances. For a completely wireless experience, consider pairing it with Spark LINK and Spark Control X for ultimate flexibility on stage.

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