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XLR is the defacto standard for connecting balanced microphones

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Is it okay to connect Belden 8412 to condenser microphone?

I know there is Belden 8423 which states that it's specially made for phantom power, but I currently only have Belden 8412, since I only had dinamic microphone(before you ask, yes I am planning to buy ...
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RC300: using a dynamic mic via JACK or XLR

Does the RC300 (or any audio device in general) have a special internal gain for the XLR input? When using a dynamic mic via JACK the sound level is very minimal, whereas when using it with the XLR ...
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USB audio interfaces and unusual guitar output [closed]

I have a nylon crossover guitar, with the output consisting of a male XLR connector instead of the usual jack socket. The instrument does not require an internal battery as it uses the +48v phantom ...
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Measuring frequency and transient response of audio recorder using a function generator

I just got a new Zoom H5 recorder and would like to test the frequency and transient response of the two microphone preamps. If possible, I'd also like to test the preamps for the built-in (...
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Building adapter to connect dynamic handheld mic to 3.5mm TRS Lav mic input

I want to use a pair of Rode Wireless GO IIs as transmitters for a pair of switched dynamic wireless mics (both low end SM58S clones without transformers Behringer SL85S) I want to use them for live ...
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TRS vs XLR -- phantom power

I watched a video about audio signal levels and at the 3:12 instructor tells basically this: When you are connecting "line level equipment" to the "audio interface", always use ...
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Can a bad XLR cable break my usb audio interface?

From church, I took home two XLR Cables (16 AWG) that I considered may be broken, so that I could test them in a more controlled environment. My Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 has been working great in the ...
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PC speaker 3.5 mm stereo jack to XLR on Zoom H4n Pro

I have a Zoom H4n Pro and I am trying to connect my PC 3.5 speaker plug to the H4n Pro's XLR connections. I want to do this because I want to record voice calls. I need to use the XLR and not the Ext ...
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Is it safe to have 48V supplied on a AudioBox USB96 combo XLR - 1/4" jack and plug in a guitar

I have a AudioBox USB96 interface. The box has two XLR 1/4" Combo jacks. I have a mic that requires 48V and is plugged into one of the connectors. I would like to plug my guitar into the ...
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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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XLR/TRS Combo Input jacks on a powered PA speaker

I'm looking to buy portable JBL PA speakers with mixer-to-speaker XLR cords. My mixer accepts a female XLR for output, but on the speaker I want to buy, it says only XLR/TRS Combo input. The Spec ...
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Microphone Clipping unless gain is ridiculously low

So i've had an X1 S XLR microphone for a year or two now, and while it delivers clear audio, it seems exceptionally sensitive. It says it has a maximum SPL of 140/150/160 depending on switch setting, ...
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Is it possible to connect active JBL speakers using unbalanced cable to pre-outs on amp? [closed]

I have active JBL 308P MKII speakers, they have XLR and TRS inputs. I wish to connect them to the pre-out (L + R channels) on my Monitor Audio A100 streamer/amp. I am wondering if it's possible to do ...
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How do you wire a 5wire mic to a 3pin connector?

I have an old table mic with a 5 wire cable that someone had hardwired into a small amp. I've repurposed the amp, and now I want to fix the mic, but I'm not having much luck finding a wiring diagram ...
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XLR Condenser mic to 3.5mm input jack. How do I power the mic?

I am using a zoom h1n audio recorder, which takes a 3.5mm (1/8) input jack. I want to upgrade my microphone setup to a large-diaphragm condenser microphone. All the condenser microphones I am checking ...
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Is it possible to combine wireless transmitters and receivers of different brands?

I'm currently researching a few options for setting up a wireless connection between a lavalier microphone and my audio recorder (Tascam DR-40) here and have stumbled over a specific question that I ...
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Wireless system (transmitter and receiver) for XLR lavalier microphones and audio recorder?

Please forgive me, if this question sounds rather basic or even noobish to some of you. I've been trying to do some research into the technology, but, so far, have not been able to find answers to ...
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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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Homemade XLR cables not working

I am trying to install a Yamaha QL1 digital mixer into a pre-existing recording setup, but to make the process as painless as possible, I am making entirely new XLR cables to interface with the ...
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Microphone plug-in power battery module

I am looking for something like this (on ebay or aliexpress) but couldn't find it so far. (something similar is presented here: https://vimeo.com/66941739) It's a 1.5v battery module to power a ...
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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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Male Micro usb to male XLR cable?

I have a Blue Yeti microphone which has a female micro USB port which I need to connect to a mixer which has a female XLR port. I have been looking for a cable which is male micro usb on one end and ...
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how do I record output from a Roland voice transformer (midi or 1/4" output) on a Zoom recorder (XLR input)?

I record instructional videos for work and fun. The audio is captured via a Rode NTG2 mic into a Zoom H4n record. Phantom power is provided to the mic by the recorder. I'd like to manipulate my ...
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Can I connect XLR mic to my portable Bluetooth speaker (with sufficient signal strength)?

I have a small, portable, battery-powered Bluetooth speaker (has aux input) and an XLR microphone (Shure SM57). I was wondering if there is anything I could use to convert the microphone signal to 3....
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What's the difference between 3 pin, 4 pin, and 5 pin XLR intercom headsets?

I'm looking for new headsets for an old Clear-com intercom system in a community theatre. All the plugs in the walls for the system are 3-pin XLR, but shopping around I can't find anything but 4 and 5 ...
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Software equivalents for the high end hardware microphone pre amps

Is there an (affordable) software version of a microphone preamp (such as the world class but unaffordable avalon 737 specifications) that allows my (phantom powered) nararted voice audio recordings ...
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How can I run mics with xlr into an old (ancient) mixer with 1/4 TS inputs?

Output from the mixer will go to a recording program on a tablet (we've got that part figured out). Reason for doing this is the band I'm in wants to create some practice tracks for the songs we are ...
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Splitting a condenser mic and using phantom power

I have a condenser mic that requires phantom power. I have a mixer that provides phantom power, and also a dedicated phantom power box if I need it. I would like to hook my microphone up to my mixer, ...
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Does an XLR adaptor provide higher quality audio?

I'm looking to purchase wireless lav mics and an audio recorder. Whilst searching for multi-track recorders I read that using XLR cables will provide better quality than regular connectors. https://...
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How to connect dbx 286s and dbx 266xs to Behringer DX2000USB Mixer

This is my first question here. Thank you for your help! Much appreciated! I run a small online EDM radio station on a Mac mini running Radiologik DJ and NiceCast and I have been using the Behringer ...
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Connecting two dynamic microphones to one preamp

Our podcast recording setup is a Behringer multitrack mixer with 4 preamps and we have 5 microphones. I have made peace with the fact that two microphones will have to occupy the same track. How would ...
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Is it ok to put an unbalanced 1/4 inch line through an XLR stage snake?

I've been tasked with setting up and doing sound design for an upcoming live event.Unfortunately, the equipment I have to work with is somewhat lacking. The analogue mixing desk (Allen & Heath ...
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Can I add a 3rd XLR mic to a Behringer - Xenyx 802 mixer?

I currently have a Beringher - Xenyx X802 mixer and use it to run 2 XLR microphones. I want to add a third mic and was wondering whether I could use an external phantom power box and connect to one ...
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Phantom Power: Would it run through TSR plugs and if so would it cause electrocution?

I have a professional external sound card and a condenser mic. However I'm not a musician and I have not bought the equipment for the purpose music production as it is only for the purpose developing ...
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Connect compressor directly to PC sound card

Imagine that you have: A microphone (XLR) Audio compressor (Behringer MDX2600) PC internal sound card (like Creative Sound Blaster Z) Is it possible to connect it like this?: Mic(XLR) > Compressor ...
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How to record sounds with an XLR cable

I'm looking into buying my first microphone, and I've (basically) decided on a used SM57. It comes with a standard cable (I'm guessing XLR to XLR), however, I'm wondering how to record various sound ...
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How should Mini XLR condenser microphone be wired?

I have bought an AKG WMS 40 (Instrument) kit which comes with the PT 40 bodypack transmitter. This has a mini XLR socket. I am trying to use it with a spare headset mic that had a 3.5mm mono connector ...
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How do I wire my Fostex PM0.5n?

I'm setting up my monitoring speakers PM0.5n and I'm wondering about the correct wiring of the cable to plug into the combined xlr/jack connector. I couldn't find the manual online, and the manual for ...
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How to convert Stereo RCA to XLR?

I am extracting HDMI audio using an optical Toslink + L/R Stereo Analog Converter (VHD-H2HSAs), then using a Y patch cable XLR Male to 2 RCA Male (Seismic Audio-SA-Y6-6 Inch Splitter) I connect to ...
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XLR AT2020 Problem

My Audio Technica AT2020 is plugged into a interface called the Scarlett solo. For some odd reason I will be recording when randomly I will look at the audio bar and is not going up and down it's ...
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Unbalanced Line Level vs Balanced Microphone Level [closed]

So, I'm trying to digitise some vinyls. I have a big amplifier, and I might just use the preamp in that, but I might instead get the Radial J33. The Radial J33 is a phono preamp, but it has both RCA ...
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Phantom power through a Line input

I'm looking to buy an audio interface for recording guitar. I'm planning on splitting my signal chain into 2, with 1 channel going direct into the interface using the line input, and the other going ...
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My new sennheiser doesn't have an XLR port, what is this plug called? (picture included)

I'm new to the world of sound equipment, but I found a really nice deal on a used Sennheiser ME 66. Unfortunately, I was expecting an XLR port, but instead it has this (see picture). I'm not sure what ...
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Faulty TRS jack question

I purchased a new JBL Nano Patch+ volume control which sits between my computer audio output and a set of Yamaha HS7 monitors. The jack in the left audio output needs to sit slightly recessed out the ...
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Why do some XLR connectors take batteries?

New to audio recording, and have a question regarding my mics. A few months back I acquired two Audio Technica AT899 lav mics, that I connect to a Zoom h4n. I use these to record interviews. I ...
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What is the best way to wire an audio interface with 1/4 outputs to studio monitors that have an XLR input?

I have a scarlet audio interface with 1/4 outputs, and I'm thinking about purchasing EVENT 20/30s. The 20/30s have XLR inputs. What is the best way to connect the two without losing sound quality?
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microphone levels on a XENYX mixer very low

The setup I put together is a mixer by Behringer QX1202USB and a few microphones in the range of 20-25 € (Soundkinh EH 002, Superlux D103 13X, Dehringer XM 8500 ULTRAVOICE). Two microphones came with ...
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Connecting electric guitar to XLR

Is it possible and safe to connect my electric guitar to XLR input in my Focusrite - Scarlett Solo? If so, will I be getting worse signal from XLR than instrument input ?
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How to record with a phantom powered microphone on a computer?

I want to record with a CAD Audio GXL2200 Cardioid Condenser Microphone into a laptop, but I don't know how to connect it. The mic did not come with a cord, so I bought one, but the plug in is way ...
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How to connect lavalier microphone with 3.5 jacks into XLR/TRS (using a converter)?

I have two lav microphones, Audio-Technica ATR3350, that have 3.5mm (1/8) mini-jacks I am looking at Tascam DR60 Mk2 that has 2 XLR/TRS combo ports for input. Could I use 1/8 to 1/4 adapters on the ...
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