Oof, okay I hope I'm using the right terminology.What type of interface is running between the mac mini and LS9? My initial thought seems to be it would be a swapped cable on a stereo split and maybe there isn't any type of DI or interface being used. If you PFL the left input channel only, do you hear what you're expecting on the left side? Are you running the input to a stereo paired channel, stereo return, etc? It's been a while since I've worked on an LS9 but if you can give us some more details on how things are connected we might be able to help.
I'm not super familiar with the interface you speak of. My guess is there is some crossed left/right cables between the computer and the board. An easy test would be to disconnect one of the board inputs and see which side of the audio you lose. Again, this all assumes the cue is correct in the sound file on the mac mini.Oof, okay I hope I'm using the right terminology.
Mac mini is connected to a HDMI Splitter (because we use it to project images to a projector), which is connected to a Kramer Presentation Switcher via HDMI. From the switcher we go from the S/PDIF output to a RCA? splitter, which on the other end goes to a patch panel, and links it to 2 inputs on the LS9. (This was setup before I took the job at the school)
Confusing? yes 100%.
Honestly I wouldn't notice the issue, if we were playing music and it comes out both right and left speakers. It's because of this one sound cue (incoming train) we realize the sound should be coming left to right but the sound is coming right to left (apparently this a big deal cause it will confuse the students).
Both of these solutions don't really address the root cause. Perhaps there is some misunderstanding of patching or the setup we aren't understanding and this could inadvertently break other sound cues or panning within the cowfunn's setup. Tracing the cables is step one, re-writing cues before we know they aren't broken isn't really a great idea, IMHO.
Well, this changes things. How do you listen to the audio via the booth speakers? Is it a matrix of the mains (or effects speakers) or are you PFL'ing the source inputs?
I agree with this. I hadn't even considered it was something downline of the mixer. Cowfunn should ensure the patching is correct from the board onwards first, by using your steps. Good catch.So if you hook up a mono microphone and pan it back and forth, does it correctly pan in the booth monitors? And presumably also reversed in the mains?
If so, you then must have the channels switched up somewhere between the board and the main speakers. If, instead, you get proper panning in the mains but incorrect in the booth monitors, then the booth monitors and the connection from the computer both have a channel flip-flop somewhere. As it's a digital console, it is possible (or I suspect it is possible--I don't have specific experience with the LS9) that the switching might be in the setup and routing inside the mixer, rather than misconnected cables exclusively.