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The XLR connector is a type of electrical connector primarily found on professional audio, video, and stage lighting equipment. The connectors are circular in design and have between three and seven pins. They are most commonly associated with balanced audio interconnection, including AES3 digital audio, but are also used for lighting control, low-voltage power supplies, and other applications. XLR connectors are available from a number of manufacturers and are covered by an international standard for dimensions, IEC 61076-2-103.

The XLR connector is superficially similar to the smaller DIN connector range, but not physically compatible. A smaller version, the mini XLR connector, is sometimes used on smaller equipment.

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.

Connecting XLR mic directly to laptop

Hey. Im looking at snagging a beater laptop to mess around with until my larger desktop system is built, and the space in the house cleared.

The laptop has an 1/8" combination mic/headphone jack. Commonly used for headset mics for gaming. Im presuming this is a trrs connector.

Im thinking i can hooking up my sure beta 57 to it via one of the adapters in the link below. Im just wondering if i should expect this to work.

Otherwise ill have to dig out my 11r and tabketop rack, or order a basic interface.

FocusRite Scarlett Solo 2nd G: Wont listen to XLR port


Having an issue with my Focusrite Scarlett Solo Gen 2 2i2.

I have tested both my microphone and the cable on a separate audio interface and have found them to work. I believe I have isolated the issue to the interface. Upon connection of an XLR cable, the input level led signal is flickering/flashing all over the place.

Any ideas on what the issue could be? Thinking about taking it into a local parts electrician to see if they would know. Any more information needed? Attached is a video of the issue.

Dante Network Adpters Now Available (xlr-ethernet, usb-ethernet, aes-ethernet)

this is pretty cool stuff. seems like a pretty painless way to patch into the world of Ethernet, without sacrificing your analog toys. max sample rates 96k, 48k on the usb one, but that's noes an issue for most things. id love to see an 8 channel, and ultra high sample rate model soon, for audiophiles and home theater applications. wifi support cant be too far away either. these little devices really simplify audio distribution.

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.

Seeking clarification on Zoom R16 1/4" input jack in XLR combo plug: Balanced or not?

Hello All:

I have a very simple question regarding the Zoom R16 XLR combo input jacks.

The Zoom R16 documentation appears to state that when you use an XLR connection to the combo jack, it is a balanced signal. The documentation is not so clear on whether the 1/4" port provides a balanced TRS connection. If I could find a schematic of the input bus for the R16, the answer would be easy to see.


I am very new to recording and I have an MXL 990/991 microphone. I do not have a recording interface, so I was wondering if I used an XLR to USB cord, if either of these microphones would work by plugging directly into my computer. I have read a few forums and they said you need phantom power from an interface or else they would not work, so I am just trying to avoid spending $100 on one.