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Mary wrote at 2008-12-26 13:57:29
The easiest way to play split track cds is to play it on a computer (laptop if need portability) and adjust the balance on volume control (right click on speaker icon on taskbar at bottom of screen).

Jerry wrote at 2012-12-01 05:41:02
The information above is incorrect. Split tracks and stereo tracks are not the same. To date, I have not been able to get sploit tracks to play as split tracks from my laptop. I have a "Y" cable, but apparently the laptop only sends stereo signals to the headphone jack. It would have to keep the two tracks separate, but that is not the case. You will have to use a CD player and connect left and right outputs to two channels on the mixer.

Jerry wrote at 2012-12-03 04:24:23
I just made an interesting discovery. My iPod plays split tracks! Problem solved. My laptop would not perform this task, it would play both the music and vocal tracks on both channels. I'm using the split tracks in my church. When the choir is learning a new song I add in some vocal, but during the church service I pull the vocal out. To connect the iPod to the mixing board, I use a "Y" cable. It has a 3.5mm STEREO phono plug to connect to the iPod. On the other end it has two MONO 1/4" phono plugs to connect to the two separate channels on the mixer. This connection allows me to adjust the volume of the music and the vocal independently.

Jerry Hawthorne wrote at 2012-12-04 00:54:51
I just learned that my iPod will play split tracks and correctly seperate the vocal and music tracks. To connect the iPod to a mixing board you will need a "Y" cable. One end of the "Y" cable must have a 3.5 mm TRS (tip-ring-sleeve) connector that will plug into the iPod headphone jack. The other end of the cable will have two TS (tip-sleeve) connectors that will plug into the mixing board. TRS connectors are also called stereo connectors and TS connectors are commonly called mono connectors. I am still researching ways to play split tracks with PC computers, but have not found a solution yet. I also do not know if other Apple products such as iPads or laptops will play split tracks. So as for now the mighty iPod will get the job done.

I further recommend you buy cables from a reputable music store and not your local Radio Shack. Poor quality connectors account for 70-80% of problems with audio systems.

Mark0514 wrote at 2015-01-05 00:12:15
I have just recently run into this problem. My fix appears to be a soundblaster external USB sound card.

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