Analog Cable Audio You Should Know, Part 1
Analog Cable Audio – Maybe Superfriends is now ready to arrange a bedroom or maybe a boarding house to be used as a home studio. Don’t forget to unbox the new gear first and make sure it’s properly connected. After deciding which room the studio will use, the next step is to set up the system so that your studio can be used. In this article, I want to share so that we can understand all the analog or digital connectors that are connected to the gears and make sure they are connected correctly.
For those of you who are guitarists or keyboardists, you must be familiar with or perhaps know very well the shape of -inch analog jacks, XLR, and TRS, but for those who can’t see, they must be wondering what to use and why to use a different type, then what’s the benefit of the best analog? common like ¼-inch (mono / TS and stereo / TRS), XLR Alright, let’s start the review.
1/4 Inch Analog Jack
The first type of Analog Cable Audio is a 1/4 inch Analog Jack. This type is the most common audio connector and the most widely because it is versatile. These jacks are available in two types: mono/TS and stereo/TRS.
Mono / TS (Analog Cable Audio)
The term mono means having one channel that can be used to transmit signals. These ts are known as instrument cables or guitar cables. This type of jack is also often called TS (short for Tip / Sleeve). The tip is the end of the jack, and the sleeve is the rest of the metal part and there is a plastic barrier separating the two parts. This versatile TS jack can connect guitars to guitar amps, from synthesizers to mixers, from mixers to power amplifiers (amps), and from power amps to speakers. When buying a cable with a TS jack, make sure to look at or ask about the cable used, because if you use it the wrong way later, for example, a cable instead of a speaker cable (even though they both use TS) it will have serious = severe damage to the amplifier, because the amount high current and can cause a short circuit, it means it will damage the amplifier. How to fix this, make sure to note down the cables at home according to their function, mark the cables in several ways, either with colored tape on top or colored duct tape (red for speakers or blue for instruments, for example).
The next type of Analog Cable Audio is Stereo TRS. This 1/4-inch stereo/TRS (short for Tip/Ring/Sleeve) jack looks like a stereo headphone jack. The tip is the end end of the jack, the ring is the small centerpiece that sits between the two plastic dividers, and the sleeve is the rest of the metal part. The TRS jack can be used for three types of cables such as a stereo cable which contains two separate sections: one for the right channel and the other for the channel; balanced cables commonly used in professional audio equipment to join various pieces of equipment (to connect a mixer to a recorder, for example). The advantages with balanced cables are that they are durable and noise-free; and the Y cable consists of a TRS jack on one end and two on the other end, which means it represents a shape like a letter Y, forked and can be used to connect to an effect processor – compressor or equalizer.
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XLR (Analog Cable Audio)
Often called a cannon, this XLR connector is used for microphones and some connections between professional equipment such as amplifiers, mixers, and monitor speakers. XLR connectors come in a variety of designs from three to seven pins (for male connectors) or holes (for female connectors). The most common design in circulation is the three-pin XLR.
Interesting fact that the XLR Connector was originally invented by Cannon Electric. They first released the Cannon X range, followed by the Cannon XL (which featured a lock switch), and finally the Cannon XLR, which came to be known simply as the XLR. This is why you sometimes hear this connector referred to as a “Cannon connector”.
It is important to remember that whenever connecting or disconnecting connectors and cables in the system (Analog Cable Audio), ensure that the electrical power to the equipment is turned off or the volume on the device is turned down completely. Some of the connectors above are examples that are definitely found when we start building a studio at home. So, identify first, then start shopping. The rest, some additional connectors will be reviewed in the article on knowing and understanding analog connections part 2. Get in the habit of always asking questions, so you don’t get lost!