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3 Pin Microphone XLR to 3 Pin microphone Extension socket type Connector is used for many professional audio applications.XLR adapters do not suffer from insertion loss and high frequency cutoff.XLR Connectors are simple to use, Reliable and provide cable protection.

  • At one end it has 3 Pin Microphone XLR and at other end it has Female XLR connector.
  • Extra high temperature resistant insulator material.
  • XLR plugs and sockets can be used in professional audio cabling applications.
Question : What is an XLR connector and where is it used?

Answer :

XLR connectors are rugged electrical connectors which are used mostly in professional audio and video electronics cabling applications.
Some examples of application areas of XLR connectors are:
•  Sound and video mixers
•  Microphones 
•  Studio equipment like amplifiers, professional CD
•  Players, mastering deck, etc.
•  Active loudspeakers
•  Lighting applications
•  Industrial applications (Control circuits, etc.)

Question : How to Convert XLR Plug to Stereo Input?

Answer :

XLR inputs are commonly used in professional audio-recording setups for their elimination of ground noise due to interference. Although XLR inputs are commonly used alongside RCA inputs and outputs, it is sometimes helpful to convert between the two formats. Although this requires an adapter, it is a relatively simple process.
Instructions : 
1. Determine your adapter needs. If the device you want to plug into the XLR input has a 1/4"""" jack, all you need is a simple XLR to 1/4"""" adapter. If the device has a 1/8"""" stereo jack, obtain a 1/4"""" to 1/8"""" stereo adapter.
2. Plug in the adapters. Insert the female end of the adapter into the XLR input jack. If you're using the 1/8"""" adapter, plug this in next. Push firmly to ensure a secure connection.
3. Plug in your audio device to the 1/4"""" or 1/8"""" plug. Test your device. Turn on your audio components and use them as you normally would.

Question : XLR cable with connectors:

Answer :

XLR is a type of three-prong audio jack commonly used on microphones, stage amplifiers and mixing boards. Since stereo systems typically use RCA-type, 1/4-inch phono plugs for connections, you'll need an adapter cable to wire your stereo to XLR. The adapter cable merely converts the 1/4-inch connection to an XLR connection with no loss of audio signal.
Adapters are available at electronics and stereo stores.
Instructions :
1. Turn off the power to the stereo and the XLR device you wish to connect.
2. Plug in an RCA cable to an input on the stereo and connect the other end to the female RCA connector on the adapter cable.
3. Line up the three pins in the plug on one end of the XLR connector with the three holes in the XLR adapter cable and push the plug straight in.
4. Connect the other end of the XLR cable to an output jack on an XLR device.

Question : How to Connect Audio RCA & XLR on a Single Cord?

Answer :

XLR and RCA cables are typically used in audio. XLR cabling is more commonly used in live music and music recording, while RCA cabling is typically found in home and personal audio, specifically for audio playback. The abbreviation XLR was derived when Cannon was developing the cables and connectors associated with them. A variety of companies now manufacture XLR cables. RCA cables earned their name from their developer and first manufacturer, the Radio Corporation of America. In general, these two types of cables are not used in direct conjunction with each other. However, the need does arise, which is why companies manufacture cables specifically for this use. 
Instructions :
1. Determine the length of the cable needed. Cables as short as 3 feet in length can be purchased, or custom cabling can be designed and manufactured in extensive lengths.
2. Determine the gender needed for each end of the cable. XLR and RCA connectors can be male or female, and the hybrid cables can accommodate any combination of the two. For instance, you may need an XLR female cable that ends in a RCA male connector. Knowing what the cable will be used for and with what devices is key.

Question : How to Make a Stereo Audio Cable?

Answer :

XLR connectors.
Whether you are playing in a band, working in a recording studio or just hooking up your home stereo, audio cable is an expensive and integral part to what you do. If you want to build your own cable or repair broken ones to avoid replacements, making an audio cable is not as hard as you might think. It can be made with a simple routine and some practice.
Instructions : 
1. Split the unbalanced audio cable into its three components of positive, negative, and shield. Strip each of these components down to the wire. If you are making a balanced audio cable, split the cable into it's four components of positive, positive, negative and shield.
2. Tin the exposed wire by heating the exposed wire briefly with the soldering iron and then feeding solder into the wire. The solder should flow freely, filling the wire. Tinning the wire makes it stronger for soldering it to the connector.
3. Solder the tinned wires to the appropriate conductors of each connector. If you want to make an unbalanced cable, use an RCA connector or a TRS (tip-ring-sleeve) connector, which both have a positive and a negative conductor. The shield component of the audio cable can be used as a drain wire in this case. If you want to make a balanced cable, use an XLR connector, which has an in-phase positive, an inverted-phase positive, and a negative conductor. In this case, solder the two positive wires to the positive conductors on the connectors (making sure to use the same pair on both ends), the negative wire to the negative conductor, and the shield to the earth ground.

Question : How to Wire an XLR Connector?

Answer :

XLR connectors are balanced line connectors. They are also known as Cannon connectors, based upon the last name of their inventor, James Cannon. The most common Cannon connectors, or XLRs, each have three wires: the hot lead, the common lead and a separate ground. They are used where it is necessary to minimize extraneous electronic noise, most commonly in microphone cables.
Ground is always pin """"1"""". The so-called """"hot"""" lead is always pin """"2."""" The """"3"""" pin is the """"cold"""", or return, lead, which is actually what makes the line """"balanced"""". Prior to this standardization, some manufacturers would reverse the leads of pines """"2"""" and """"3"""".
Instructions :
Wire by the numbers :
1. XLR plugs (male) and sockets (female) are most frequently used in professional audio and video electronics cabling applications. The design """"grounds"""" the connection before the leads are joined.
Looking at the 'holes' of a female connector, the top left hole is """"2"""", top right is """"1"""", and bottom is """"3"""". Looking at the pins of a male connector, the top left pin is """"1"""", top right is """"2"""", and bottom is """"3"""". Connecting wires """"number for number"""" is always the way to ensure a correct connection.
2. Follow the color connections of the wires to further ensure consistency between balanced line sources. Strip about 3/8"""" wire to connect to the post. Heat solder the black wire to pin """"2"""" on both the male and female connectors.
3. Strip about 3/8"""" wire to connect to the post. Heat solder the white or red wire to pin """"3"""" on both the male and female connectors.
4. Strip about 2"""" of braided insulation and twist it into a wire about 3/8' in length to connect to the post. Heat solder the braided shield wire to pin """"1"""" on both the male and female connectors.
5. The three-pin XLR, aka XLR3, has a 5-pin sibling (XLR5) that is used as the standard connector for DMX512 digital lights, dual-element mics and dual-channel headsets. The wire connections, however, are the same three pins as above, with the remaining pair being devoted to remote device protocol (RDM) and control networks protocol (ACN).

Question : How to Connect an XLR to Speaker Wire?

Answer :


Convert your XLR microphone to an RCA wire connection.
Most home speaker and stereo systems have some type of RCA audio wire connection. This allows you to hook up outside devices, such as DVD players or televisions, to the system.
However, if you are looking to connect an XLR-based microphone to the speaker system, you need to convert the XLR cable to an RCA-based wiring. This is done using a standard XLR-to-RCA adapter cable.
Instructions :
1. Plug the XLR cable into the XLR port on the bottom of the microphone.
2. Insert the XLR end of the XLR-to-RCA adapter cable into the XLR cable you have just connected to the microphone.
3. Connect the RCA wire end of the adapter cable into the """"Audio In"""" port on the stereo or speaker receiver system.
4. Power on the speaker system and the microphone, then select the RCA wire connection you are using on the system (typically it is the """"AUX"""" port, although some systems do have its connections numbered). Once the appropriate connection is selected, the audio from the microphone will be received and played through the system's speakers.

Question : How to Wire Two XLRs to a Mini Stereo?

Answer :

You can convert your current XLR cable into a quarter inch connection. 
XLR is a professionally based cable used for audio equipment such as microphones and mixing boards. This cable is roughly the size of a nickle and considerably larger than what standard stereo stereo systems use (most mini stereos use a quarter-inch port). If you want to hook up one or even two different XLR cables into a mini stereo system you need two different converters and a splitter cable.
Instructions :
1.  Plug the single end of the quarter-inch cable into the """"Out"""" port on the mini stereo system.
2. Attach each end of the quarter-inch splitter cable into the quarter-inch end of the XLR adapter.
3. Insert each XLR cable you now have into the XLR connection port on the device you want hooked up with the mini stereo system.

Question : How to Solder XLR Jacks?

Answer :

XLR cables can be repaired with solder, a soldering gun and a few other common tools. 
XLR cables are audio cables used to connect microphones to soundboards and amplifiers. The cables are usually exposed to quite a bit of stress, and often the wires inside the XLR connectors become disconnected. This damage is common and can be repaired by soldering the wires back in place onto the XLR connector. Don’t just throw your cables away when they stop working. Inspect them and fix them if possible to save yourself money and relieve pressure on landfills. All soldering devices and tools necessary for this project can be purchased at most local and online electronics or hardware stores. 
Instructions : 
1. Remove the screws from the XLR connector devices located at both ends of the cable. This will enable the metal shielding to move out of the way and allow you to access the XLR wires and the soldering connections.
2. Inspect the XLR connector for breaks and damaged connections where wires are soldered to terminals. Each terminal is labeled with a number on most XLR connectors. Terminal 1 is always where the ground wire will be connected. Your ground wire is usually white, silver or black. Terminal 2 is where your red wire should be connected, and terminal 3 is where your blue wire is connected.
3. Disconnect the wires from the terminals on the XLR connector if necessary, and clean the tips of all the wires using a sharp knife or wire stripper. In some cases, you may need to cut the tips of the colored wires and strip the wires free of any sheathing using wire strippers or a sharp knife.
4. Place the tip of the cable that was previously connected to the XLR connector jack into a table vice with the connector wire tips facing upward. Hold the solder up to a wire tip, and place the heated soldering gun on the solder so that the melting solder completely coats the tip of the wire. Repeat this process with all three wire tips.
5. Place the XLR connector jack with the terminals facing up in a table vice to hold it in place.
Hold the tip of the cable with wire ends that you just soldered in one hand, and match a wire to the correct terminal. Place the tip of the heated soldering gun on top of one of the solder coated wires so that the solder is melted and bonded to the terminal. This will connect the wire to the terminal. Hold the wire in place briefly until the solder is hardened and the connection to the terminal is firm. Repeat this process with all three wires.
6. Make sure that the wires are connected firmly to the terminals. Add more solder to the terminal connections with the solder and soldering gun if it is necessary to strengthen them.
7. Slide the metal shielding back into place over the wire connections and replace the screws in the metal shielding. Test the cable to ensure that the connections were made properly.

Question : How to Hook a Rane Crossover to a Stereo?

Answer :

A typical stereo with RCA outputs needs an XLR adapter to connect with a crossover. 
Seattle-based Rane Corp. manufactures a line of electronic audio crossovers for use primarily in professional recording studios and for live concert applications. The purpose of a crossover is to divide music signals by frequency (measured in Hertz) and transmit the separated frequencies to the appropriate amplifiers connected to speakers and subwoofers. Connecting a stereo to a Rane crossover makes it possible to separate the heavy bass signals from the mid-range and treble, then process the individual signals to amplifiers connected to subwoofers and loudspeakers specifically designed to handle those frequencies. An adapter cable is needed to convert the stereo cable. 
Instructions : 
1 :  Insert the white and red plugs on one end of the stereo cable into the white (left) and red (right) output jacks on the rear panel of the stereo.
2 : Plug the other end of each cable into the female RCA jack on one end of an XLR adapter cable.
3 : Insert the XLR plug on the other end of the adapter cable from the right (red plug) stereo channel into the Right Input jack on the rear of the Rane Crossover component. Line up the three metal pins in the plug with the three holes in the XLR socket on the Rane Crossover. Note that the Right Input jack is actually located on the left-hand side of the component's rear connection panel.
4 : Hook up the XLR cable connected to the left stereo channel (white plug) to the Left Input socket on the Rane Crossover. This socket is located on the right-hand side of the component's back panel.

Question : How to Wire an XLR Plug?

Answer :

You can turn ordinary instrument cables into XLRs without any audio engineering experience. 
You can wire an XLR cable by yourself without having to buy pre-wired cables at your local music store. By connecting the positive, negative and ground cables to the appropriate terminals on the XLR connector, you can make either balanced or unbalanced XLR cables with instrument cables that you have lying around the house. With the right instruction and a soldering iron, you can wire the connections for either balanced or unbalanced XLRs in less than 10 minutes. 
Instructions : 
1. Unbalanced XLR : 
1. Strip the rubber wire shielding from all of the wires on the instrument cable about an inch using the wire cutters. You will have three wires: ground, negative and positive.
2. Connect the black (ground) wire to the """"1"""" pin on the XLR using the soldering iron. Put the wire to the terminal, apply the soldering wire to the connection, then apply the soldering iron to melt the solder.
3. Connect the red (positive) wire to the XLR's """"2"""" pin by also applying heat from the soldering iron to the solder wire and positive cable, once it has been set into place.
4. Connect the blue (negative) wire as well, but to the XLR's """"3"""" pin instead. After the solder completely dries, your unbalanced XLR cable will be ready to use.
2. Balanced XLR : 
5. Connect the black (ground) wire to the """"1"""" pin on the XLR. Set the wire onto the terminal, apply the soldering wire to the connection, then touch the soldering iron to the solder to melt it into place.
6. Connect the red (positive) wire to the XLR's """"2"""" pin. Apply heat from the soldering iron to the solder wire and positive cable, then quickly remove the soldering iron and solder wire out of place.
7. Connect the blue (negative) wire to the XLR's """"3"""" pin.
8. Cut a small piece of wire (1/2 inch or so) using the wire cutter, and connect the """"1"""" and """"3"""" pins. Apply solder to the connection on both pins to jump the terminals once the wire is cut and in place. Your balanced XLR cable is now ready to be used.

Question : Which are the XLR Cable Types?

Answer :

XLR Cable Types 
The XLR connector is one of the most common connectors in the audio world. While most people are familiar with the common three-pin configuration, many other cables bear the name of the XLR connector. XLR cables have several specialty uses in audio production, meaning that there is an array of XLR cable types for the audio engineer or sound enthusiast to be familiar with. 
Standard XLR Cable :
•  Standard XLR cables have three pins and a male and female end. The most common application is connecting a microphone to a preamp or audio console. Standard XLR cables also connect other pieces of audio gear such as speakers. One of the pins of the cable acts as a ground, which is connected to the shielding of the cable. The other two pins carry the audio signal through two wires inside the cable.
Mini XLR Cable :
•  Standard XLR cables, while practical for many audio applications, can be too large for smaller applications such as headphones. A smaller XLR cable is available for audio applications in tight spaces. The mini XLR cables have three pins just like a standard XLR cable, but the connector is significantly smaller.
Multi-pin XLR Cable : 
•  Some specific microphones or pieces of audio gear require more wires and contacts to transfer different types of power and audio information. Multi-pin XLR cables are used in these specific applications. Multi-pin XLR cables most commonly come in four pin, five pin and six pin configurations.
Angled XLR Cable : 
•  Most XLR cables have straight connectors that can stick out too far in some tight space applications. Angled XLR cables have one or both connectors angled by 90-degrees. The angle helps the cables to have a low profile so that they can fit in tight spaces or behind gear.
Digital XLR Cables : 
•  Digital XLR cables look like standard XLR cables, but they are made to transmit digital information instead of analog audio signal. Digital XLR cables work at a different resistance level than microphone cables. It is possible to interchange the cables, but signal degradation can occur in both the digital and analog applications.
XLR Snakes : 
•  Snakes are multiple wires and connectors combined into one large cable. The purpose of an audio snake is to run multiple cables over a long distance in as small and efficient of a package as possible. XLR snakes are common in connecting a soundboard in the middle or rear of a room to the microphones and speakers on a stage at the front of a room. XLR snakes commonly have eight, 16 or 24 connectors.

Question : How to Troubleshoot a Bad XLR?

Answer :


XLR cables are the primary instrument cables used for audio recording and live performances. XLR cables utilize a female end and a male end on opposite ends of the cable. The male XLR connector is inserted into the mixer or the PA head and the microphone is inserted into the female XLR connector. The male and the female connector have three wires that are soldered to three pins inside the XLR connector. A faulty or bad XLR cable may be the result of a number of things ranging from dirt and contamination, to loose or broken wires. 
Instructions : 
1. Replace the suspected bad cable with a different cable. Unplug the cable from the microphone and PA system and use a different cable in its place. If the new cable works fine then this verifies that the other cable is actually bad. If you have similar problems with the new cable, you may have a problem with the microphone or with the PA.
2. Replace the old cable and diagnose the problem. Check the jack connections. Make sure that the XLR connector and the microphone make a firm connection. Inspect the opposite connection where the XLR cable is plugged into the mixing board or PA head. Hold the XLR cable tightly and flex the cable behind your hand. If the cable wire has a break or short, this will reveal the spot where the connection is broken or weak. The sound will cut in and out.
3. Wiggle the connection between the XLR connector and the microphone and the connection between the opposite XLR connector and the input jack on the mixing board. If wiggling the connection produces a noisy sound, you may have a loose connection inside the XLR connector.
4. Remove the XLR cover from the cover to reveal the XLR pins and wires. The cover is held in place with two or three screws. Unscrew the cover and slide the cover down onto the XLR cable.
5. Inspect the pins and the wires. XLRs have three wires connected to three pins on both the female side of the cable and the male side of the cables. The pins are labeled """"one,"""" """"two,"""" and """"three"""" and the wires are color coded. The shield/ground wire is bare and connects to pin No. 1. The positive wire is red and connects to pin No. 2. The negative wire is blue or black and connects to pin No. 3. Determine if the pins are dirty, bent, or if one or more wires is loose or disconnected.
6. Spray the pins with contact cleaner. Gently wipe the pins and connections with a Q-tip. If the wires are not loose or broken and the pins are in good shape, cleaning the pins with contact cleaner will probably solve the problem. Sweat, dirt, and debris that works itself into the XLR connector can interfere with the electric signal producing strange noises and hums. Test the cable after cleaning the pins and see if the problem is corrected.
7. Gently straighten bent or crooked pins with a pair of needle-nose pliers.
8. Solder broken or loose wires. Plug a soldering iron into an electric wall outlet. Use a vise to grip and hold the XLR connector in place while you work on it. Solder the wire to its proper pin. If the end of the wire is frayed, clip it off. Strip off one-eighth-inch or less of insulation with wire strippers to reveal a fresh wire end. Hold the wire to the pin with a pair of pliers and solder it in place. Hold the wire for a few minutes while the solder hardens and cools down.
9. Reassemble the XLR connector. Slide the cover back into place. Insert and tighten the screws.

Question : How to Microphone XLR to Mini XLR?

Answer :

Since XLR cables are more durable and can transfer sound without losing audio quality better than other cables, they are used as the primary cable source for microphones and other profesional-level audio equipment. If you need to connect your microphone to a capturing source that only supports a Mini XLR output, you may need to purchase a female-to-female adapter to connect the XLR and mini XLR cables. 
Instructions :
1. Connect the XLR cable from the XLR microphone to the XLR-to-mini-XLR adapter. Make sure the male end, with the prongs, of the XLR cable is fastened securely to the female end, with the holes, of the adapter.
2. Connect the mini-XLR cable from the mini-XLR port on the sound board to the other end of the adapter. The male end of the mini-XLR cable connects to the female end of the adapter. Insert the cable into the adapter until you hear a click, which indicates the connection is secured.
3. Turn on the microphone and the sound board. Test the reception of the devices, which are connected through the adapter. If the sound board is registering frequency and amplitude of the microphone, you are ready to begin recording and playback.

Question : XLR Speaker Cable Vs. XLR Microphone Cable :

Answer :

XLR microphone cables must never be used to connect passive speakers.
Both share a common XLR-type connector, but the anatomy of XLR microphone cables vs. XLR speaker cables is fundamentally different. No longer used for modern speaker hookups, XLR connectors are the professional standard for connection of microphone- and line-level audio equipment. Since some older speaker and amp models equipped with XLR connectors are still in service, it is important to use the correct cable to suit the application for proper sound and equipment damage prevention. 
Microphone Cable Anatomy and Usage : 
• Microphone cable is a generic term for a """"balanced"""" audio cable. This relatively thin cable of 18 to 24 gauge consists of two-conductor wires -- positive and negative -- plus a shielded ground wire fitted with three-pin XLR connectors for audio component interconnection. Microphones, power amplifier inputs, sound mixers, sound modification gear and some musical instruments use this cable type almost exclusively in professional applications. Balanced cable allows long run-lengths; no outside electronic interference due to the shield wire and the XLR connector allows universal plug and jack matching. These devices emit low voltages for which thin-gauge diameter balanced cable is suited.
Speaker Cable Anatomy and Usage : 
• Speaker cable is a generic term for unshielded two-conductor -- positive and negative -- cable fitted with connectors matching an amplifier speaker output with speaker input jacks. Power amplifiers are the last output device in any audio chain and provide speaker-level voltage to speakers to be converted into sound. This voltage is higher than that of other connected audio devices, negating the need for shield wire but requiring thicker diameter cable of 16 to 12 gauge, than that of balanced cable. Since speaker cables are neither balanced nor shielded, they are not suitable for connection of any other device regardless of connector. XLR connectors may be attached for compatibly with older equipment, but most speakers and amplifiers employ 1/4-inch phone plugs, """"banana"""" plugs or the industry standard """"Speakon"""" connector.

Question : What Is an XLR Microphone Cable?

Answer :

XLR microphone cables are a balanced audio cable with locking connectors that are used in professional audio applications. The cable was invented by James Cannon. It was originally called the Cannon X cable. After a latch was added, it became an XL cable, then an XLR when a rubber insulator was added.

Question : 1/4 Vs. XLR Cable :

Answer :

In the live and recorded music industries, 1/4-inch and XLR cable connector plugs rank as the most common types for musical instruments, amplifiers, microphones, speakers and components. The type of cable needed depends on the requirements of the connected device, followed by the choice of connector dictated by the device's input and output jacks. 
1. Connector Types:
o Th 1/4-inch phone plug is configured in two- or three-wire format, described as TS -- a two-wire tip and sleeve -- and TRS -- a three-wire tip, ring and sleeve. TS plugs provide high-impedance, unbalanced connection of speaker and musical instruments, while TRS plugs are for low-impedance, balanced connection of professional mixers, recording and audio gear.
XLR connectors are three-wire plugs for low-impedance, balanced connection of microphones and audio gear with jacks accepting the XLR plug. The wiring and function of TRS and XLR plugs are identical, but follow different physical formats based on equipment used.
2. Unshielded Speaker Wire : 
o Amplifier-to-speaker connections require two-conductor unshielded speaker wire, and often employ 1/4-inch TS plugs. Only suitable for speaker use, unshielded wire is often externally indistinguishable from its shielded counterparts. Unshielded cable can't be used for any component other than speakers, as loud buzz and noise will occur.
3. Shielded Wire : 
o Shielded wire for audio use contains one to two internal wires surrounded by a """"shielded"""" ground wire. A 1/4-inch TS plug is typically used with one-conductor shielded wire, which is essentially a two-conductor wire. The 1/4-inch TRS and XLR plugs work with two-conductor shielded wire -- essentially a three-conductor wire. To further complicate matters, special connections requiring an XLR plug on one cable end and a 1/4-inch TS plug on the other may contain either two- or three-conductor shielded cable.
Considerations : 
o Plugs act as a connection device between audio components and have little bearing on the type of cable used. Typically, 1/4-inch TS plugs employ either two-wire shielded or unshielded cable, while 1/4-inch TRS and XLR plugs use three-wire shielded cable. If it's not clear which cable to use, an audio professional can inspect and label all cables to ensure proper use and avoid mix-ups.

Question : How to Connect an XLR Female to a TRS?

Answer :

Purchase a TRS cable with an opposing XLR male connector. 
Professional microphones and certain other audio devices require a type of cable known as XLR, which connects using a series of pins. The most common variety uses three pins. XLR cables have certain limitations, though, as not all sound cards and input devices are equipped to handle them. To solve this problem, you can interface your device with a 1/4-inch TRS cable to achieve a connection using the more common 1/4"""" audio connector, like the type used for electric guitars and other analog instruments. 
Instructions :
1. Connect a standard XLR cable (male-to-female) to your XLR microphone or other device. Because your female connector requires a TRS extension, your male connector must connect to your XLR device. While commercially manufactured XLR outputs seldom use this type of configuration, homemade XLR devices can be assembled in this manner.
2. Connect an XLR-to-TRS adapter cable to your original XLR cable, using the female connector on your XLR cable and the male connector on your adapter cable. When purchasing an XLR-to-TRS adapter cable, find one with an XLR male connector, or both a male and female connector side by side, as these adapters come in many different varieties.
3. Conect your TRS plug to your input device, which might include a mixing board, audio interface, public address system or amplifier. Insert the plug into any 1/4-inch jack marked """"Input"""" or """"Line In"""" to achieve a direct audio connection from your XLR device to your input device.

Question : DMX Vs. XLR :

Answer :

DMX technology is used to control lights at a concert.
""""DMX"""" stands for """"Digital Multiplex"""" and it refers to a type of lighting control that is used in live musical or theater productions. In DMX, a control board sends commands through a cable to a decoder. Lights are connected to the decoder and are activated according to the control commands. A DMX cable uses an XLR connector at both ends, for error-free signals. In the XLR acronym, """"X"""" stands for Canon X-connector, """"L"""" stands for """"latch"""" and """"R"""" stands for """"rubber"""" guard. 
DMX 512 : 
•  DMX is technically called DMX 512 because it is able to control 512 locations or addresses. Each light on the other side of the decoder has a specific address, like files on a computer hard drive. Individual lights or large groupings of lights can be controlled with DMX 512 commands.
XLR Connectors : 
•  DMX 512 commands are digital signals, and the DMX 512 cable uses two wires to carry those signals. A positive wire and an inverting, or negative, wire are used to eliminate electronic """"noise."""" This wiring arrangement produces a """"balanced"""" signal. XLR connectors are used for balanced signals, in microphone cables and DMX 512 cables. The DMX 512 cable uses a five-pin XLR connector, but only three pins are required to carry commands.
XLR Pins : 
•  Pin 1 of the DMX 512 cable is called the Shield Drain and is connected to a circuit ground, or 0V. Pin 2 connects to the inverted/negative signal and pin 3 connects to the positive signal. Those three connections are necessary for DMX 512 operation. Pin 4 is an extra inverted connection and pin 5 is an extra positive connection. Manufacturers use pin 4 and pin 5 for various functions.
DMX 512 and XLR Cables :
•  Microphone cables are called XLR cables, because of the wiring and the XLR connectors at both ends. However, the cable is specifically designed for use with microphones. DMX 512 cables use XLR connectors, but the cable is specifically designed for lighting control. A five-pin XLR cable for a microphone is often wired differently than a five-pin DMX 512 cable. There is a chance that a five-pin XLR cable may work as a DMX 512 cable, but there is a significant risk for malfunction and equipment damage.

Question : How to Make a 5-Pin DMX Cable?

Answer :

DMX connectors are used for automated stage lighting. 
DMX512 stage automation systems allow live or programmed actions to be transmitted to motorized lighting rigs and stage effects. The control console sends movement information to arrays of lights or effects over heavy-duty data cables. CAT-5 networking cable is suitable, as is the specifically designed AES-EBU, 100 ohm cable, fitted with variants of the XLR microphone connector. 
• AES-EBU 100ohm DMX512 rated cable
• Wire cutters / strippers
• 2 5-Pin DMX connectors
Instructions :  
1. Measure the required length of the cable, then cut a piece from the reel, leaving an extra 4 inches to allow for the connections. Strip 1 inch of insulation from one end of the cable.
2. Unscrew the conical strain relief cap from the base of each connector. Thread one of the conical pieces onto the cable, with the wide end toward the stripped end of the cable.
3. Connect the soldering iron to the mains and allow it to heat up. Separate the wires within the cable. There are five wires within the cable, but most DMX equipment only uses the first three pins, Avolites desks use the additional two wires as an extra data channel, essentially making two cables that share a ground wire.
4. Solder a twisted length of the inner cable screen to the first pin. This will act as the ground and help cut interference. Two wires within the cable will act as the positive and negative data channels. Select two of the wires, noting the colors, and solder them to pins two and three. Repeat this process at the opposite end of the cable, ensuring you solder the same pair of wires to pins two and three.
5. Screw the conical strain-relief section onto the connector at each end of the cable. Slip a 5-inch length of heat-shrink over the point where the cable disappears inside the connector. Heat it with the heat gun until it has contracted tightly around the connector and the cable.

Question : How to Make a DMX Cable?

Answer :

Digital multiplex (DMX) cables are exactly the same as standard microphone cables. Used to power and command stage lighting fixtures, the two-conductor shielded cable sends addressing information and commands from the lighting controller to the fixtures via DMX dimmer packs. Making DMX cables requires solder skills and simple solder and wiring tools. Although true DMX protocol requires five-pin connectors, this configuration is used only in very high-end concert and theatrical systems. The current industry for standard professional club and DJ fixtures and controllers is three-pin connectors, which fit virtually all common DMX products. 
Things You'll Need
• Two-conductor shielded DMX or microphone cable
• Wire strippers
• Soldering iron
Instructions :  
1. Strip about 3/4 inch of insulation from each end of the cable with wire strippers, exposing the two insulated wires and outside shielding. The shielded ground wire will be bare stranded or braided wire, one wire will have white insulation and the other will have black insulation.
2. Strip about 1/4 inch of insulation from both the black and white insulated wires, exposing the wire core.
3. Heat each wire with the soldering iron, and """"tin"""" with solder by applying a small amount to the heated wires, one at a time.
4. Unscrew the strain relief set-screws from the side of both XLR connectors with a small screwdriver, until you can release the top section from the recessed bottom section. Only back out he set-screws enough to release the two sections, because they are small and difficult to replace.
5. Thread each cable end into both top sections of the dissembled XLR connectors, until they protrude through the bottom. Insert each end into the black rubber strain relief first, so the wider open end is what the cable will come out of.
6. Solder the shielded ground wire to pin number one on both connectors.
7. Solder the white wire to pin number two on both connectors.
8. Solder the black wire to pin number three on both connectors.
9. Insert the connectors back into the housing by lining up the side pins and gently pushing them into the recessed area.
10. Tighten the strain relief set-screws on both connectors, and your DMX cable is ready to go.

Question : How do I Compare XLR Vs. RCA Cables?

Answer :


Most microphones use XLR cables. 
XLR and RCA cables are both used for transmitting audio and other signals over a distance from one device to another. The style of cable refers to the type of connector at each end. It also explains the configuration of the wires within the cable. Both styles are used professionally, though usually for different purposes. 
Instructions : 
Deciding which cable to use
1. Look at the devices you want to connect. Determine what connectors are available. If you are limited to one type or another, that dictates your choice. If both XLR and RCA types are available, you will have to make a choice.
2. Decide how much movement the cable will have to withstand. For example, if you are connecting a microphone to a mixer, the cable will likely need to be fairly hardy. XLR cables are made to withstand more abuse than RCA cables.
3. Decide whether the cable will need to be able to transmit power. Some microphones and other devices use what is called """"phantom power."""" This is a low-voltage charge transmitted from one device to another. If you need a cable to transmit power as well as audio signal, use an XLR.
4. Determine whether your situation will involve signal interference. If you are in a professional audio setting where many cables will be used and high levels of electricity are being transmitted, you might want to use a balanced cable such as an XLR. A balanced cable cancels out interference by using positive and negative wires within the cable. RCA cables are not balanced.
5. Decide how much you want to spend on cables. XLR cables are usually strong, versatile and high quality. They typically cost more than RCA cables, which are usually reliable but not as multipurpose.

Question : DIY: RCA to XLR Adapters :

Answer :

The RCA and XLR standard both have their respective place in home and professional audio setups. While XLR's usefulness is usually limited to recording systems and connecting instruments and microphones, RCA connections are common in almost every home and amateur audio application. Conversion and switching between these two standards is not difficult, but a few things should be understood before doing so to ensure optimum transfer of audio signals and to limit electronic interference.

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