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To match impedances & levels properly you need an XLR>XLR. That will fix your volume issue, & allow you to run much further than with an unbalanced cable. <slight rant> I've no idea why anyone would sell a mic with an unbalanced cable in the first place… yet they do, for some unknown reason. Even a semi-pro live desk will have balanced mic ...


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Use two TS cables. You need only balanced signals if the cables are really long and the signal is weak (low voltage). And of course the keyboard needs to output a balanced signal, what I doubt, because nearly all output an unbalanced signal. That's why you should use the TS cables. The keyboard provides a line-level signal, so set your interface inputs to &...


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It's not clear from your question whether you actually have a noise problem or not, but for standard length guitar cables (3 - 6 meters) a DI should not be necessary. You also didn't say what model of Focusrite interface you're using, but most of the current semi-pro models have a designated instrument input for guitar and bass; you should normally be using ...


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Here's some background information that might be useful to understand what's going on. The bare physics answer to “why is this happening” is: two wires running close together form an unintended capacitor. This capacitive coupling allows the signal in the headphone wires to cross over to the microphone wire. The longer the cable, the larger the capacitance, ...


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