[sdiy] XLR to 1/4 inch

John Speth johnspeth at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 20 21:15:54 CET 2020


My mixer has only 1/4 inch inputs. It's actually using the mixer part of 
an old 4 track cassette deck (Fostex X-26). - JJS

On 2/20/2020 11:58 AM, Quincas Moreira wrote:
> Which mixer is it? If it has xlr or trs inputs thats better than ts.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On 20 Feb 2020, at 13:56, John Speth via Synth-diy <synth-diy at synth-diy.org> wrote:
>>
>> I'm hoping somebody can enlighten me if it's practical to take the XLR outputs from a passive DI box (transformer based) and use an XLR to 1/4 inch cable to drive my -10 dBV mixer inputs.
>>
>> I'm looking at an ART 2 channel passive DI box (https://artproaudio.com/product/dualzdirect-dual-professional-passive-direct-box/). The problems I'm trying to solve are:
>>
>> 1. My MOTM has such hot signals that they need attenuation
>>
>> 2. A ground loop problem between my MOTM and mixer
>>
>> For this DI box to work, I'd need to buy or make a cable with XLR on one end and 1/4 inch TS on the other. The DI box has a ground lift which I'm nearly certain I would use. I would probably use one or both of the DI box input attenuators.
>>
>> Is my idea practical? How do you guys solve such problems?
>>
>> Thanks - JJS
>>
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