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Interconnect advice - Confused noob..Guru's help me out!

Hey all,

In the process of setting up my home studio.

-Shure SM58
-M-audio 410 audio interface
-M-audio Axiom 25 midi controller
-Windows XP (3.2Ghz, 3GB RAM)
-Yamaha AX750 amplifier with Mordaunt Short Genie 5.1 speaker system

Now, I've done my research, so hopefully I have not gone too far wrong in my selection. I know my speakers are not monitors, but they were originally purchased for a home cinema. My question though is simple...

On the back of the M-audio 410, there are 7 audio outputs in the form of 1/4 TS sockets. There is also a SPDIF I/O socket. How do I link the 410 to my receiver? My receiver does'nt have 1/4" TS sockets? Should I just use the SPDIF, can it be used liek that? Or do I just need a 1/4"TS -> RCA cable? I guess I am just really confused as to why these type of connectors are used? I thought RCA's were the standard for interconnecting audio devices.

Any help would be very much appreciated.



RemyRAD Sun, 02/26/2006 - 18:07
RCA connectors are not professional connectors. They are consumer connectors. So yes, they are generally the standard for most consumer stereos. And so, for many pieces of " home oriented" recording enthusiasts such as the confusion caused by Teac/TASCAM with their ridiculous nonstandard level references and combining both 1/4" and RCA connectors on their consoles and tape recorders. Such as "Teac" level of 1 volt into 10,000 ohms versus their other standard of -10 DB or .3 volts into 10,000 ohms with reference to 1 volt. As opposed to the professional standard of 1.25 volts into 600 ohms that equals 0 VU with an additional 20 DB or more of headroom! Now if that is not confusing enough I don't know what is?

But I digress.

Yes, you only need a simple 1/4" to RCA adapter cord from Radio Shaft and take only one pair of outputs from your card. You only need to monitor your multitrack recordings in stereo. So when you mix, use your software to route your output to a single pair of connectors for monitoring purposes. The multiple outputs also gives you the ability to route to external hardware equipment such as limiters, reverbs, etc. and then looped back into your interface to record your externally processed stuff into your software again for just the right flavor and enhancement.

What does that wire do???
Ms. Remy Ann David