XLR is the defacto standard for connecting balanced microphones

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Running balanced audio over CAT6? [duplicate]

I have to run stereo, unbalanced line-level audio about 120 ft, past a lot of heavy noise sources. I will grab some DI boxes and run balanced audio instead. My question is: I have a ton of 24 AWG ...
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XLR output vs. 1/4 inch (6.3 mm) output - Which one is better for recording?

I got an Ibanez AEG8E acoustic guitar and a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 interface. The guitar has two outputs, a XLR output and a 1/4 inch (6.3 mm) output for instrument cable. The interface provides both ...
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Crackling noise coming out the SM7B microphone

I recently ordered an open-box SM7B (perfect condition), so far so good, except there's some crackling noise coming out of the audio signal. You can hear a sample of the crackling noise here, it's ...
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What's the cheapest way of allowing a computer to take 1/4" or XLR input without it sounding like I'm using toasters as AV equipment?

I have relatively high quality audio using TRS 1/4" or XLR (my choice) that I'd like a computer to be able to use as an input device. I'm hoping for it to be 24-bit- is there an inexpensive sound ...
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Headphones output for Sony Alpha A77

I have AKG D5S super-cardial dinamic XLR microphone. I have 20 meters XLR female->3.5mm angled stereo cable I have Sony A77 camera All this works well recording the sound. There is Sony A99, which ...
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Waterproofing XLR connections?

Hi everyone, I just got home from a wild show up in Canada which was outdoors. The day before the show, they had their worst blizzard in the past 5 years, all while I was setting up my PA and FOH ...
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XLR cables not a tight fit with SM57s

I have a few SM57's that I use at church. Sometimes the cables "wobble" in the end of the mic and it shorts out. The cables that seem to do this came with a package deal through Behringer. My ...
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Sterling Audio ST51 Condenser Mic XLR cord doesn't fit all the way and won't work

So I bought a Sterling Audio ST51 Condenser Mic on Monday to record vocals for some of my songs. the mic I bought it used from Guitar Center but they said it worked fine and obviously tested it. As ...
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XLR Y-Cable in signal chain

Hey, I'm thinking of adding an XLR Y-cable into my setup when I'm only recording with one mic to allow me to have a back-up recording at a lower level. This should be particularly useful when ...
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Do XLR cables wear out?

Is there any noticeable difference in sound quality if you use a new XLR cable instead of a well-used 10 years old one? I work at our local church and can borrow a cable from there to do some ...
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Connect 1/4 inch TRS to 1/8 inch stereo input on computer?

Can anyone tell me how to connect my studio monitor speakers with an XLR or 1/4 inch TRS input to my 1/8 inch stereo output on my computer sound card? I don't see any adapters or cords that convert ...
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5 Pin DIN to XLR/Jack for Old Old Old Microphones?

I'm off to bed in a moment so just a quick one... Has anyone ever come across any old pre-1950/60s mics using the 5 Pin DIN (5/180°) connections? (Or MIDI cable connections if that jogs the memory ...
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I want to connect my iPod using the headset jack to a portable PA system and am worried about phantom power

I have a Liberty 4500 portable PA system and a headset plug to male XLR adapter. I am afraid the phantom power from the Liberty PA system will fry my iPod. How can I prevent it from happening?
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Fix / manage loose connections on microphones (XLR)

I have a small home studio, and use about a dozen microphones. As it is a home studio, I work on a limited budget. I purchased inexpensive cables and used (but good) microphones. However, recently ...
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USB mic vs. XLR, 3.5mm, or 1/4 inch connector

What are the advantages of having a USB mic over having a XLR, 3.5mm, or 1/4 inch connector? I.e. quality, price, portability. I am looking at recording sound for video and I'm not sure what type ...
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TS (1/4'') to XLR cable. Balanced or unbalanced?

Hi I've recently bought this TS to XLR cable: http://www.adamhall.com/en/ah_Cables_Liveline_Series_-_Microphone_Cable_XLR_male_to_6.3_mm_Jack_mono_6_m.html I know that TS is a typically unbalanced ...
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question about very low volume with one microphone cable

I have one black cord/wire/cable (best term?) for use with my two microphones (a Shure SM57 and an Audix OM2) with XLR connectors on both ends. The problem is that when those mics (or another dynamic ...
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Anyone use XLR caps in the field?

Having spent a salty, windy, and damp day at a raging Pacific Beach this weekend, I realized that I really had no decent way to protect my XLR connectors from sand; I had to hike with all my gear to ...