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Dale Nicholson March 2nd, 2007 01:46 PM

Cable Question in connecting mixer to soundcard
 
In order to connect my mixer (Tapco Mix.60), I need to use TRS cables out to my line-in on my soundcard (on the PC). That means I need one cable: two male 1/4-inch ends (for the mixer's Left/Right main out) to one male 1/8-inch to go in the soundcard input. I can't seem to find something like this at Radio Shack, etc. What specifically is this cable I need called?

Thanks.

Jon Fairhurst March 2nd, 2007 02:00 PM

There no name for such a cable, other than a "patch" cable. But that's generic, and doesn't describe the specifics.

You might need a combination of cables and adapters to get from here to there.

BTW, the TRS output is balanced, but the 1/8" input is unbalanced. The bottom line is that standard Tip-Sleeve 1/4" connectors will do the trick. Just keep the cable as short as possible to avoid hum.

You might consider upgrading your soundcard. Both the M-Audio Audiophile 192 and the Echo Audio MIA MIDI cards have 1/4" TRS balanced inputs. I've used both and they sound much better than typical PC soundcards. They're not boutique A/Ds though. Sky's the limit on those.

Dale Nicholson March 2nd, 2007 02:08 PM

Thanks. I was concerned that there was such a thing as a "Y" cable---one that has two 1/4-inch males on one end.

Dale

Steve House March 2nd, 2007 02:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Dale Nicholson (Post 634833)
In order to connect my mixer (Tapco Mix.60), I need to use TRS cables out to my line-in on my soundcard (on the PC). That means I need one cable: two male 1/4-inch ends (for the mixer's Left/Right main out) to one male 1/8-inch to go in the soundcard input. I can't seem to find something like this at Radio Shack, etc. What specifically is this cable I need called?

Thanks.

Your mixer's main output can be connected to either a balanced or unbalanced line. What you need is called a 'Y' cable, dual 1/4 male TS to 3.5mm stereo TRS. Something like this one from Hosa would do the trick, probably available from B&H, Full Compass, or Markertek.
http://www.hosatech.com/hosa/product...3_cmp-159.html

You could also use the tape in and out connectors with RCA to 3.5 stereo cables ...
http://www.hosatech.com/hosa/products/cmr-200.html

Dale Nicholson March 2nd, 2007 02:17 PM

Thanks! That's the one.


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