[sdiy] XLR to 1/4 inch

Dave Magnuson abide at dmdrafting.com
Thu Feb 20 21:17:03 CET 2020


I agree with Quincas.  

I have 5 or 6 DI boxes in my studio for my various synths.  I run a very short TS cable from the synth, and a longer balanced cable (most are XLR-F to TRS in my case)  back to the mixer.  If you have balanced inputs, I highly recommend it.

Dave

-----Original Message-----
From: Synth-diy <synth-diy-bounces at synth-diy.org> On Behalf Of Quincas Moreira
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2020 2:58 PM
To: John Speth <johnspeth at yahoo.com>
Cc: SYNTH DIY <synth-diy at synth-diy.org>
Subject: Re: [sdiy] XLR to 1/4 inch

Which mixer is it? If it has xlr or trs inputs thats better than ts. 

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> 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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