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Neutrik XLR 1/4" Combo Jacks and Phantom Power

For devices that support mic input on the XLR and line level input on the 1/4" parts of one of those Neutrik combo jacks, do I generally need to worry about phantom power being sent to my line-level ...
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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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Is it safe to use a stereo cable to carry dual mono audio?

My mixer takes stereo line input via 2 mono TS jacks. My e-drum outputs stereo via 2 mono TS jacks as well. Normally I will need to run 2 mono cables with TS jacks at each end from e-drum to mixer. ...
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Where can I find a 3.5mm female receiver?

I have some headphones with a super long cord, and I want to shorten the cord. So, I need two things. I need a male plug to add to the short cord after cutting in down to size. But, I don't want to ...
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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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How to record from keyboard to laptop? [closed]

I have a electronic piano/keboard ( Yamaha PSR E323 ) and I am planning to record myself playing a piece. My laptop, to which I will be recording to is a Lenevo Z570 . I am a newbie in in this area ...
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Does banana plug fit in “classic” speaker ports? [closed]

Does banana plugs such as this: will fit just fine with this ports: If they don't fit, is there an adapter of some sort that will make them fit? Additional question: What do you call this classic ...
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Audio source to amplifier 20 meters away

I have a mac mini with 3.5mm audio out which I want to connect to an amplifier which is in another room, 20 metres away - the speakers are cabled back into the classroom. As well as a typical 3.5mm ...
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static in my video sound

I am getting static sound on my video playback. I have my computer and camcorder going into a manual switcher and out of the switcher to a monitor on the wall. The static occurs when I have my HDMI ...
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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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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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Stereo to mono Jack!

My mixing desk only supports stereo outputs. To connect a mono grotbox i need a mono signal. Is there an Adapter or cable that feeds the two stereo signals in one mono Jack or xlr?
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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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Running long audio cables

I need to run 1 or more audio cable(s) from an un-amped and most likely unbalanced source which is an expensive computer setup. I need to run the cable 100+ feet. How do I figured out what equipment ...
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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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Connecting a microphone to a camera with a 25 foot cable - is it possible?

I've been assigned to document our class's stage play and I'm having trouble with the audio. I only have one shotgun mic (3.5mm output) and I'm planning on putting it on a tripod and leaving it on the ...
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Mono vs Stereo connections

I have an RCA stereo connector with a single 1/8 inch pin. I want to connect to a mixer with a 1/4 to 1/4 mono cable to either a mono channel or stereo channel and would like the best way to do it. ...
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3.5 mm vs RCA for home stereo (both unbalanced)

I have two home stereo amplifiers in different rooms. I tried connecting Zone 2 with (the other room) with 50 feet of RCA cable and noticed there was some noise (I live right next to an AM radio tower ...
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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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Can MADI run on OM3 (50/125) fibre?

AES10 specifies 62.5/125, or OM1, fiber for use with MADI. However, 50/125 fibers has advantages in bandwidth and distance and is now much more standard than the "old" OM1 standard. I'm not too well ...
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what causes the difference in cord quality between brands?

While "jamming" with a friend over the weekend, I noticed that every single one of the cables in his setup were the same brand. I even have one of the same type (but didn't know which it was from not ...
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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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Does having a long 3.5mm cable degrade audio quality?

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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How do I test audio cables?

I have dozens and dozens of cables. XLR, 1/4", a few TRS cables, and some adapters and hybrids. Some are less than a few years old, some are decades old, a few may be older than I am. And every so ...
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Best cable to connect guitar amp to speaker cabinet?

What's the best 1/4" cable (brand, gauge, etc.) to connect a guitar amp head to a speaker cabinet? I have a run of under 10 feet. I read using an instrument cable can damage the amp and speakers.
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Do audio cable splitters reduce signal quality or add noise?

I'd like to record audio coming out of a DJ mixer that has only one output. So I thought I'd use those 'Y' shaped cable splitter plugs which take the L and R cables as input and output to two. ...
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Can I use a MIDI computer cable as a straight through male-to-male MIDI cable?

I have a UA-4FX USB interface that has one MIDI IN and one MIDI OUT DIN5 connectors. My Casio keyboard has the same. I have two MIDI "computer" cables like so: Is it possible to link this up (or ...
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How can I reduce noise with many cables?

I have a home studio with 10 microphones cabled up. These cables all connect from the audio interface to the microphones, and follow generally the same path. I have heard that parallel cables add ...
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I have two computers with audio output, and I'd like to monitor both, simultaneously, with one set of speakers. What do I need?

I have two computers with audio output, and I'd like to monitor both, simultaneously, with one set of speakers. What do I need? I know I could feed the line-out of one computer into the line-in of ...
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Mono and Stereo cables / balanced and unbalanced audio

Does the number of rings in 1/4" connectors has anything to do with mono/stereo. My understanding so far is 1/4" connectors with 2 rings are balanced stereo audio and one ring is unbalanced mono audio....
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Why does my Variable Audio Out not send a signal from my Toshiba 26AV500 TV?

I have a computer hooked up to a Toshiba 26AV500 TV with an HDMI cable. The TV has a Variable Audio Out with RCA cords as well as a Digital Optical Audio-Out, that is hooked up to my amp (which is ...
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Headphone cables: Coiled v.s Straight

What's the difference between the two? Is it just the convenience of one over the other or does it affect sound quality?
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CAT5 UTP for Audio?

It is possible to get good performance when sending line level or mic level balanced signals down a lengthy piece of CAT5 UTP? I assume that 4 wires would be used... hot wrapped around ground, and ...
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Mic level or line level for long runs?

When running sound for a group with keyboards and other devices that have balanced outs, I will often run them through the same snake and attach them to the line level input on my mixer. I don't ...
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Opposite of a Y-cable

I recently asked a question about monitoring two recorders with one pair of headphones. I have been struggling like crazy figuring out a solution that will work in the time frame I have (short as heck)...