Posts Tagged ‘XLR’

Plastic XLR connector

16/07/2017 Leave a comment

I was at a client’s place and when setting up their system, i noticed this XLR plug that was supposed to be connected to a microphone. It all looked ok until I tried to unscrew the clamping screws. I was quite surprised to find that the screws were molded…they were not real screws. You can see in the picture here that they are plastic and part of the casing. As a matter of fact, the whole XLR connector barrel was made of plastic! That is what happens when you buy cheap stuff from China folks…you get stuff like this that frankly, is just shocking. needless to say, i changed it to a Neutrik one and I was immediately a lot happier. So beware folks. you have been…how shall i put it…informed.

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Belden 1813A microphone cable

23/06/2017 Leave a comment

I have been using Belden cables for my microphones for years. The only other brand that I think that can match them are probably Canare cables. Both of them are equally good and I have never had any of them fail on me. I just managed to get myself some Belden cable the other day and these are going to be made into signal cables for powered speakers. I am going to terminate them to some Neutrik XLR connectors and I will be rocking!

Audio-Technica boundary microphone with cheap XLR connectors

18/06/2017 Leave a comment

I made a post some time back, about some cheap XLR connectors from China that were really bad. So imagine my surprise when I opened the package of a certain Audio-Technica boundary mic and finding out that the XLR connector is of the same, cheap China variety that I was pretty pissed about. I mean, I would have expected something a little more from a professional audio company that makes microphones…maybe some Neutrik or Alcatel XLR connectors. I am not saying that these connectors do not work but if you read my past article on them, you would know that these have issues. As for this connector, looks like I have to change them.

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Seetronic XLR connectors

07/05/2017 Leave a comment

Yesterday afternoon, I was installing and soldering some new XLR connectors at a client’s place, I soldered some new XLR connectors and removed the old ones. I thought nothing of it till I got back home and then I looked at the connector a bit closely. These connectors were not Neutriks! I thought they were all they time! They look like Neutrik XLR connectors, fell like the Neutriks but they are not. These XLR plugs are made by a Chinese company named Seetronics. From what I read on Amazon, they have been having some good reviews there. People are saying that they work like the Neutriks for half the price. I do agree, somewhat. They do feel solid and they seem to do the job with no issues. I wonder where in Singapore they sell these?

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Patchbays for equipment

18/04/2017 Leave a comment

I have always advocated using patch-bays for your equipment, whether you are an audio rental guy or if you are doing a rack for a client. Reason being is because you do not have to reach behind the racks and pull wires. Plus, it makes it a whole lot neater and it is faster to patch things in instead of tracing cables. This rack above was made for a client. You can see various types of XLR connectors there and all of them serve their purpose. Yep. Keep it neat and tidy all the time.

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Cable bag for audio cables

27/01/2017 Leave a comment

Many big audio companies and equipment rental companies have the luxury of having dedicated flightcase boxes for their cables. I do not have this luxury because I have a small company and travel light. So what I did was to make a dedicated cable case for all my audio cables for gigs. This is very useful indeed as you never know what cable to use for a show. So what I did was to get a pouch or even a bag that I was not using anymore and converted it into a cable pouch. I put all my cables in that pouch and all I have to do is to shove that pouch into my backpack for the next show. In that pouch I have a variety of audio cables. I have female and male XLR to 1/4″ TRS, XLR to XLR and even 1/4″ TS to 1/4″ TS. You never know when it may come in useful. I know I used all the cables in this bag for my NYE gig about three weeks ago. So go on. Make a cable pouch like this. It is very useful indeed.

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New cables for a temporary replacement mixer

30/09/2016 Leave a comment

Just last night, one of my colleagues told me that the Mackie mixer belonging to a client of mine has issues so it must be sent for repair. Unfortunately, the client needs the mixer for an event today. So we search our store and the only mixer that we have available is a Behringer Xenyx 802. But unfortunately, the Mackie mixer has XLR balanced outputs and the Behringer only has unbalanced 1/4″ outputs. So how do we solve this?

Simple. I asked my colleague if they had any DI boxes in the store. She said that we have a single DI box. So what I do is to make a XLR Y-cable and a couple of 1/4″ to 1/4″ TS phone jacks. I had some spare plugs and XLRs left over so they would do nicely. The way it is going to be connected is:

  1. 1/4″ to 1/4″ TS phone plug cable will be plugged to the unbalanced output of the Behringer mixer
  2. The other end of the 1/4″ to 1/4″ TS phone plug cable will be plugged to the input of the DI box
  3. The output of the DI box will be connected to the XLR Y-cable
  4. The two outputs of the Y-cable will be plugged into the existing XLR cables

This is the only way this is going to work. Meanwhile, I have to make sure we have a proper mixer with a balanced output. Unbalanced outputs like the one that Behringer has is not gonna cut it these days