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Best method to connect XLR to 1/4" TSR

Discussion in 'Recording' started by nehpyh, May 10, 2007.


Which connection is better?

  1. A single XLR-TRS cable

  2. XLR cable with XLR-TRS adpator

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  1. nehpyh

    nehpyh Active Member

    Hi all,

    I have a Focusrite Voicemaster Pro connected to the 5th TRS channel of Digi 002R via a homemade XLR-to-TRS cable.

    Is using a XLR mic cable and adding a removable XLR/TRS adpator better or using a single custom cable better?

    Pardon my ignorance ; P
  2. SoundWeavers

    SoundWeavers Guest

    hi, a single XLR to TRS cable is better.
  3. Seedlings

    Seedlings Active Member

    An XLR-TRS adapter usually has a transformer in it to match impedence from a high-impedence mic to a low-impedence input. (Impedence is basically [AC] resistance, just in case that was unclear.)

    An adapter will HELP if your input is designed for an instrument, like a guitar, or a cheap MIC. I think an adapter will not help if your input is balanced TRS. It will mess up the impedence, which may alter your frequency response of the MIC.

    I think you idea as well as SoundWeavers advice is spot on.

  4. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

  5. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Guest

    No they dont!!! They are straight wired.
  6. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    There are straight XLR/TRS adapters without transformers available in all gender. While it is always better to have the right cable in order to minimize connections, it's good to have as many adapters around as you can. They really help in a pinch.
  7. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    The fewer electrical contacts the better - always.
  8. Seedlings

    Seedlings Active Member

    I was thinking about this XLR to 1/4" adapter.


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