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unbalanced vs balanced and my equiptment

i've read stuff about certain peices of equiptment being balanced and unbalanced and stuff like that. on my 8-track, fostex mr-8, I have two balanced XLR inputs and two unbalanced 1/4" inputs.

Now, I just got a mixer (Soundcract Series 1S) and someone said something that its pin 3 hot. I don't know if that's unbalanced or balanced...

can i plug my 8-track into the mixer via the XLR output on the mixer? if they're not balanced, would that mess it up?


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Roly Tue, 11/02/2004 - 09:41

Hi Tom
Your desk has balanced outs only.
Are the XLR inputs on your Fostex mic or line level?
If they are line level just use them with XLR cables.
If you want to use the unbalanced inputs just build the adaptor I described in the other topic.
PM me if you want