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XLR to 1/4 instrument cable?

Hello everybody,
Let's say I have 2 mics (2 dynamic mics so no phantom power required), they're XLR mics so they take up a XLR slot on my interface (Behringer UMC22). I only have 1 XLR slot and 1 instrument slot (for guitar, bass etc) so only one can be plugged in. I found a converter online that converts XLR cables to instrument cable, can I use this to plug one of those mics into the instrument cable port? Or is it not going to work? They don't require phantom power.

Portastudio 414 MKII cable

Hello. I am new to the forum and new to tape recording, too. In fact, I just purchased a Portastudio 414 MK II and am waiting for it to arrive. I will mostly fiddle around with it to make demos on its own, but once I have the basics figured out I want to know how best to connect this to my computer. I use an Apogee Duet as an interface through Garage Band (I know there are far better DAWs out there, but I am still very green when it comes to recording and Garage Band has worked ok for the basic needs I've had so far). So, my questions are:

Long runs of unbalanced cable.

Hey i may have to run some 25-60ft runs of cable from an unbalanced source (cassette machine, reel to reel, Tascam m-30 mixer, record player) to the converter. The sources are on RCA type connections with 1/4" or XLR on the converter depending on what model i get. Im trying to transfer some tapes and records to digital, some personal, some commercial stuff.

Im not sure if there is some sort of di box type device i can use, if there are other devices, techniques, workarounds available, or what compromises I'm looking if i have to do such long longs unbalanced, besides noise.

guitar cable screening question.

I found a dodgy guitar lead that had a buzz today,

I plugged the cable into my amplifier with an nothing plugged in to the other end .
Then I did this with all my cables and got varied results .
Some cables I could hear my hand running down the outside and some
I could hear if I lightly tapped the cable .
To be honest, only 2 cables out of 10 or so were nice and quiet .

USB Cable Length for Audio Interface

hey I was just wondering if the length of the USB cable matters for audio interfaces, or at what point (length) performance becomes effected?

I'm just messing around with a Scarlett solo during his interim, and have a chance to mess with various orientations and configurations for a few (prof of concept) swipe I've started to get going.

Anyway I'm testing out having my computers and interfaces in a machine room or seperated from the edit area.

So not critical in this case, but got me wonderin'.


XLR cable choice

Am I understand it right that if overall cable length is

Our local shop have mostly "Klotz" cables My204 and MY206. I need two as connection route is the following:

Interface CL-1 Microphone

Options based on current stock:
* 2m MY204 + 2m My204, Amphenol AX connectors
* 1m MY206 + 3m My206, Neutrik XX connectors

Any preference? Price is approx. the same.