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XLR to TS

Discussion in 'Rigs and Routing' started by Manny Kuhn, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. #1 Manny Kuhn, Mar 19, 2018
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    Manny Kuhn

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    I'd like to run Output 2 (XLR) on an Axe FX III into a small mixer that uses 1/4" TS inputs. Is this OK to do and if so, does the image below show the correct wiring for an XLR->TS?

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    That's the standard wiring. Should work fine.
     
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    Perfect. Thanks!
     
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    Should be fine, though might he not get a better noise floor with the Humbuster Outs for TS Ins? Anyway, you can buy XLR to TS cables, should be XLR Female to TS (Male).

    Here's a really nice one, bit pricey, but it's Mogami Cable with Neutrik connectors and you can customize it in color and length:

    https://www.proaudiola.com/product-p/1-m2534-xlrf-ts-1.htm

    Here's a bunch of different cheaper ones from Sweetwater:

    https://www.sweetwater.com/c833--Unbalanced_Cables_TS_to_XLR

    And Amazon:

    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_...to+ts+cable&rh=i:aps,k:xlr+female+to+ts+cable

    Hope that helps!
     
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    What mixer is it? Many are trs and I'd prefer to use a balanced cable/input if possible.

    I actually run mine from xlr on axe to trs on my x32r mixer to free up xlr inputs for mic's.
     
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    That would work for an TS-XLR male connector, e.g. going from a TS output into an XLR (female) input. If you want to go from an XLR output (male XLR jack) into a TS input you don't need to shortcut the one half of the symetric XLR output to GND.
     
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    Thanks for the links. The Bestronics were a bit more than I wanted to spend. I found the longer cables in my searching but as I only need a very short, less than 3' run and is just for home, non-recording use, I thought making my own would work OK and keep the price down. I ended up getting some short XLR->TRS from Monoprice then swapping out the TRS plugs with TS. Seems to be working great.

    It is a Rolls MX122. I basically use it as a simple mixer and headphone amp so I can blend the Axe output and play along with a drum machine or music via computer or iPod.

    That is great to know. I suspected the XLR->TRS would work as you describe and almost went that route but my hesitation was the Rolls has a combination of TRS and TS jacks for the inputs. Each channel has a left and right 1/4" jack that can be used in as a pair or they can be used individually as the left jack is a TRS (for single plug stereo use) and the right is a TS (for single plug mono). I wasn't certain how it would interpret the TRS into the L in conjunction with the second R input so I figured a quick solder job to make them both TS was the safe bet in order to remove any potential conflicts or ambiguity.
     

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