I have a M-16DX digital mixer/interface I want to record with. It has 16 balanced line ins (4 with mic pres). I plan to buy a Nady PRA-8 to add some more mic pres, and an 8-pack of short 1/4" cables. I hear it does have balanced outs, but the distances are short anyway. Should I go TS or TRS 1/4" cables? I want to maximize flexibility of things I can connect with them. What will happen if say I plug unbalanced source thru TS cable into balanced mixer? Or vice-versa, unbalanced source thru TRS cable? What about a different mixer with unbalanced or even stereo ins, will it properly ignore the balanced part of the TRS signal? For guitar to direct box or Hi-Z in, will TRS work or must it be TS? Finally, I want to do some live recording of various gigs. I read I can either use the half-plug trick: plug cable (any type?) into the insert until just the first click. Or I can buy an adaptor such as this from RS for a better connection; will they work, are they worth it, and would it matter what type of cable with them? I'm even considering a patch bay, but don't think I want to get quite that serious yet.. plus I don't have a rack. Thank you very much for any enlightenment you can provide. I know I have a lot of questions! You can reply on top of the quote or whatever is easiest.