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Does having a long 3.5mm cable degrade audio quality? [closed]

I've been looking into mics and I've heard that 3.5mm cables have problems with audio degradation over long distances. How long does the cable have to be before I start experiencing issues?
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Is there an easy way to mix headphones and mic into one output for recording purposes?

I’d like to have a portable setup that I can use to record conference calls for work, in particular I want to cover the cases where I want or need to use headphones. I often use more than one kind of ...
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Buzz/Humm noise when using long unbalanced connection with no load on one end

In my setup I'm using a music player connected to an audio mixer in an unbalanced connection that runs over 15m. In general I don't get too much noise, but when the player is unplugged from the cable (...
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Yamaha HS7 sounds odd

A month ago, I bought a “Like New” Yamaha HS7 off eBay. I didn't have a cable to connect these to my computer until today, when I got a 1/8 inch to dual XLR cable and connected them to my computer. I ...
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Audio splitter with no backfeed

I have just tried to take an audio source and split it into a recording device and a headset. But the headset is acting as a microphone and feeding unwanted signals into the recording device. Is there ...
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Is there a sound quality difference between RCA (analog) and optical (digital) connections?

All other things being equal, if there's an option for connecting two components using RCA cabling or connecting the same two components using an optical cable, is there any reason to prefer one ...
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Combined Jack headset (mic/audio) to audio only

I have a headset with an integrated microphone. It has only one jack cable but fortunatly came with a splitter (like this one here) to have two 3.5mm jacks, one for the stereo audio going to the ...
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If I make left and right channels of headphone out touched together and send the signal as a mono input to a speaker, will it be safe and working?

E.g. Imagine I bought a cable which have a 6.35mm mono head x 1 to 3.5mm stereo head x 1, male-to-male. I think it can send from a 6.35mm mono audio out jack to both left & right of a 3.5mm aux-in ...
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Beyerdynamic sound dropping gradually to zero on one side

For three years, I have owned a pair of Beyerdynamic 990dt pro 250 ohm, I am happy with them. But since a month or so, I've been having an issue where the sound on the left side starts dimming down ...
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TS vs balanced TRS cable: does it make any difference, with a mono signal?

Is there any difference in using a TS cable or a balanced TRS cable (pictured below) if you're carrying a mono signal (for example, an output from an audio card or an instrument)? My understanding is ...
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How do you put a mic cable inside a rode boompole

How do you put a mic cable inside a rode boompole? I'm having a heck of a time. Do I have to cut the cable and resolder it after I put the cable in? If anybody has a diagram or something that'd be ...
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Blue Yeti USB cable issues? [closed]

I've had a standard Blue Yeti mic I've used for a few years, pretty happy with it. For one project I run the Yeti through a USB hub into a laptop. I've wanted to get a second cable to make the setup ...
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How do I get the signal from shotgun mic for cameras into audio interface?

Want to get the sound from my Sennheiser MKE 400 --- a battery-powered shotgun mic with a 3.5 mm TRS output --- into my Audient Evo 4's XLR/TRS combo inputs. I first tried using a 3.5 mm (1/8") ...
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How can I make my microphone work on my MacBook Pro?

I can't get my dynamic microphone to work on my MacBook Pro. How do I go about it? I have a speaker, headphone splitter and a 3.5 mm male-to-female audio cable. Still, I cannot recognize the ...
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Sennheiser mke 2 and ew100 g3= cable noise. Any ideas why?

Just upgraded my me2 to an MKE2. Used with g3 wireless. The cable on the new MKE2 has the blue (attenuator or whatever that is with the serial #). I read that the blue version had more shielding for ...
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RME Fireface UFX II: connecting unbalanced cable to balanced jack?

Not sure if anyone out there has any RME products, but thought I'd ask...in the RME Fireface UFX II manual it states (on p. 38): When using unbalanced cables with TRS jacks: be sure to connect the '...
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What is a TRSF connector?

This HOSA cable/adapter says it has a TRSF adapter. Is that a typo? What is TRSF?
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Aux/monitor send to In ear monitoring system

Hope someone can help, can't find exactly my situation. I have a Mackie proFx16 v3 which has 3 × 6.3 mm (pre fader switchable) Aux sends. (Well 4, but one of them is dedicated to Fx.) My band is ...
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I need some help understanding balanced/unbalanced and mono/stereo cables

I have a Q802 USB mixer from Behringer, I’ll outline its use briefly and they get into my question. I want to input a mic into the XLR, and the headphone jack from an iPad and the headphone jack from ...
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Wiring an XLR 1/4" jack combo wall box to a single cable (Neutrik ncj6fi-s)

I purchased one of these sockets for my home studio and I need some advice wiring it up. I purchased a balanced cable XLR > 1/4" jack, cut the XLR end off and wired it up like this: I have limited ...
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Could a manufacturing flaw cause phase cancellation on headphones?

I got a second-hand Neewer NW-3000 closed headphone which sounds like there is phase cancellation and no stereo effect. So I tested the headphone with a mixer and distinct tones on each channel; I ...
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Wire mono microphone to stereo jack?

I have a microphone with 2 wires, and a cable jack with 3 wires. How do I wire them together? Basically i took apart a usb headset and got a microphone with 2 wires, then i cut a jack cable 3.5mm. I'...
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Can I use guitar cables to connect my keyboard to my audio interface?

I have a Yamaha MX synthesizer and would like to record in stereo using the Scarlett 4i4 audio interface connected by two TS cables I use for my guitar. Should I use the TS cables or should I buy two ...
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Connecting a synthesizer (Prophet Rev 2) directly to speakers/monitors

I intend to buy a Prophet Rev 2 synth very soon, but before I do, I want to make sure the setup I have in mind will work. This synth has 4 quarter inch (unbalanced) audio outputs, as illustrated on ...
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Using a 2 Stereo to Mono RCA cables to mix two inputs into one output [closed]

TL;dr - will a Stereo to Mono RCA adapter tolerate the same channel from two different sources (Left from Device 1, Left from Device 2)? I have a bit of a weird use case that I am looking to create an ...
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Balanced/unbalanced audio and TS/TRS jack issue with mixer

Following my previous question regarding which mixer to buy, I have now bought the one I was talking about but I'm having some issues setting it up. My understanding of balanced/unbalanced audio is ...
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How to wire 2 x RCA to mono XLR

I have a Behringer Xenyx QX1202X mixer and wanted to have a monitor attached. So I bought a single M-Audio BX5 active monitor speaker as I only need to monitor in mono. I have connected the 2 Main Out ...
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How can I tell if a 1/4" female jack is balanced or unbalanced?

I purchased a used Yamaha Clavinova CVP-65 and there are two 1/4" female output jacks labeled L/L+R and R on the underside. The manual does not indicate if these are balanced to be used with two ...
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What would happen if I plug in a mono/TS phone jack into a balanced output socket that requires a TRS phone jack?

I want to plug two phone-to-RCA adapter into the stereo output of a mixing console. The output I'm going to use is a stereo out with a balanced TRS phone socket for each channel. I want to plug in ...
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Why is there static in the output of my Xenyx 802 mixer?

I have a new Xenyx 802 mixer and am trying to set it up to mix audio for some video projects (for input into my cannon camera). I'm having trouble getting a clean sound however and even when there ...
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Force use Headset's microphone over AUX [closed]

My bluetooth headset has a built-in mic (which works great over bluetooth) but it also comes with a TRS-TRRS cable (TRS on the headset side) with another mic in it. When connecting the headset with ...
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What is your favorite type of microphone cable?

Technical question regarding mic cables: What is your favorite type, and why? I shot out a few kinds and I found Monster Cable to be the best overall for my purposes of recording voice and vocals. ...
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Difference between 3.5mm and quarter inch plug?

What's the difference between these two types of plugs? Why do they exist? Why can't all plugs be 3.5mm ?
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XLR-1/4'' vs XLR-XLR cable

I recently bought a Shure SV100 dynamic microphone that came with an XLR-1/4'' cable, which I'm plugging into a Focusrite Scarlett Solo 2nd gen. interface. This interface has two input jacks: a line/...
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Is there a significant difference in sound quality between 1/4" jacks and XLR inputs for microphones?

I have a mixer that has 4 microphone channels. Each one has both a 1/4" jack input, and a three pronged input (XLR). I can choose one or the other for connecting my microphone. I am about to buy ...
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Why does using an extension cable on my headset with a TRRS jack cause the stereo signal to leak into the microphone signal?

I've been trying to get an extension cable for my various wired headsets. These headsets have a standard 3.5mm TRRS jack using the CTIA standard, so the cable carries both a stereo out signal and a ...
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Using XLR to Stereo jack for looping and panning signals, is it a problem?

I'm working on a looping set up. I have three mic's around my drum set going into a mixer and then i pan them to one side. I'll use this side to output the whole drums as 1 signal into an RC-30 looper ...
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Would it reduce the wire noise if I use DI rather than connecting a guitar directly to interface?

I´m pretty new to this, I´m using a foucsrite interface, and I´m wondering if it is worth it to make or buy a direct box for having a balanced signal in order to reduce noise. I don´t need a long ...
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TRS or XLR to TRS? which one?

I wanted to get the xlr to trs cable but i dont know if there will be a sound quality difference between the xlr to trs and the trs. I assume this is a dumb question but i want to make sure.
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Can I use a stereo cable extensor for a mono microphone [closed]

I just got small microphone to use with my mobile phone. The microphone has no cable, just the 3.5mm jack, but I need some leeway to move the microphone away from my device. I was looking up for ...
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On a small mixer (Behringer 802) do I have options for crowded cable management?

The Behringer mixers, like many, have vertical input jacks. In trying to come up with a good cable-management solution, so my desktop set-up is nice and pretty, I'm running out of ideas. I'm not ...
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Connecting an existing system to a mixer

First off, I realise that none of this system is ideal. When the strange Covid conditions are over, we will be sorting it out properly: this is very much a "for now" solution. My church has an ...
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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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Why do we need ground connection on balanced cable?

There are 3 connections on balanced cable. Hot, cold and ground. I understand you can do "ground lift" and still get the right signal. So what is the point of ground?
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Buying a 3.5mm TRRS female to TS male adapter

I'm trying to buy an adapter from 3.5mm TRRS female to 3.5mm TS male. I've been searching Google Shopping and Amazon, and not finding anything. Do I not know the right keywords? Can someone help me?...
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Stereo 3.5mm jack to RCA or 6.35mm jack on Yamaha MG24?

I want to connect an iPod / Computer etc with a stereo 3.5mm jack to a Yamaha MG24. The MG24 has a stereo channel with both a pair of RCA inputs and a pair of 6.35mm jacks (see below, illustration ...
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Looking For 1/4" stereo -> dual L or R mono

I'm looking for a cable that splits a single stereo 1/4" to two separate mono outputs (also 1/4"), one left and the other right. Do you know of one? The only thing I can find online mixes the stereo ...
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What cable is needed for Sennheiser ME66/K6 and Olympus LS-12

I`m planning to buy a Sennheiser ME66/K6 mic set and a recorder (possibly Olympys LS-12). What is the cable I would need to connect the mic set to the recorder?
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Cables: how to handle ground?

By default, audio cables have their ground pin connected to the cable shield at both ends. I have seen recommendations to connect the cable shield at one end only, to avoid ground loops. What's the ...
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Issues with mix-minus setup on Xenyx Q1002USB with dbx 286s

My setup is simple and complicated at the same time: My mixer is a Behringer Xenyx Q1002 USB Premium. 1. I have a XLR microphone going into a dbx 286s Mic Preamp/Processor. The processed audio is ...