The mixer has 8 channels. Each channel has a line in and a mic in. The cable that came with the mic was a female XLR to male 1/4. I put the 1/4 in the mixer, and the XLR to the mic, and it didn’t work even though everything was hooked up. What was weird though caught my attention. When I kept the 1/4 in the mixer, but unplugged the mic, it made noises when I banged it on my hand. Also when I put my index and thumb around (not touching) the 1/4 end, it made static-like noises. Can someone explain this to me?