Posts Tagged ‘XLR’

ProCo MS-2 mic splitter

11/01/2018 Leave a comment

I sorta came across this ProCo MS-2 while clearing some junk from my office. The definition of “junk” here states that it is stuff that is forgotten about and will not be used in the near future. OK…so it is a mic splitter. But what is it anyway?

What I used to do and sometimes still do is to split one signal into two. It involves getting some very thin balanced cable and making a Y-cable. In theory, you should not do that and that is why boxes like these exist. Well, what is it? The Pro-Co MS-2 Microphone Splitter Box splits the low impedance signal of a microphone into two outputs. The result allows two microphone preamplifiers or mixer channels to be fed from one source. The MS2 features a single XLR female input and two XLR male outputs. One of the outputs is designed on an isolated circuit and features a ground lift switch which eliminates hum and electrostatic noise. Transformer-less components feature additional electrostatic shielding for even further protection against noise.

So how will I use it? I do not know actually. I was looking for something like this in the past when it came to splitting signals for events. I made the Y-cable and have used it before but I think that I will get things like these from now on…or in the very least get a distribution amplifier!

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Maruni professional microphone cable

19/09/2017 Leave a comment

I came upon some leftover microphone cable while tidying up my office. I asked anyone of they knew who wanted it but they said that they had no use for it. So I took the coil of cable home and decided to solder up some new XLR cables. These cables are supposedly Japanese made, with the brand name Maruni. But when I searched the Internet, all I could find of these cables online was on China sites like Taobao and Aliexpress. Another link pointed to a Facebook page in Malaysia. So I suppose that these cables are Malaysian made but sold as Japanese cables. To be honest, they seem pretty well made with a copper braided shield. They solder very well and look and feel pretty good. I soldered them up to some XLR connectors I had lying around and soon I had two XLR leads. Looking forward to trying them out soon. I dare say that they will be great. Gotta get myself a roll of these cables for projects next time…

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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 1 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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