Right type of audio cable to use

Scott's picture
Last seen: 3 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 08/03/2013 - 7:12am

I am going to use the audio from our radio guy to go along with our stream feed. He has only main output L & R left to use on his mixer which is a 1/4" phone plug. I am then need to use some type of adapter to convert it to an XLR connection which is what I have plugged into my mixer. I have had several people give me several different things on what I should do to make it work. I was actually looking for a dual phone jack to XLR adapter cable and did find one but it was way too expensive for no more than what we are doing. I was actually looking at using something like this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000068O5D/ref=s9u_simh_gw_i7?ie=UTF8&... to then add to this https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WZQH0M8/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=IMHV8P6NYKMF4... which will then run into a 35' XLR cable hooked up to my mixer.
Someone suggested this may be better for a combination This https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000068O1O/ref=s9u_simh_gw_i2?ie=UTF8&... into this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002E53O2/ref=s9u_simh_gw_i4?ie=UTF8&... which will also then run into a 35' XLR cable hooked up to my mixer.
Someone also suggested running 2 separate cables to my mixer by using something like this but 2 of them. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WZQH0M8/ref=twister_B00XLY7MTY?_encoding=UT...
The problem with the last one is that it is a run of 40'. I would need 2 40' runs.
So let me run through my scenario of what I am going to do again. Go from main out phone jack L & R and somehow get it to my mixer 40' away and into an XLR input. Any ideas? Thanks.



Scott's picture
Last seen: 3 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 08/03/2013 - 7:12am

Thanks. I got all of this figured out finally. Thanks for your help.


paulears's picture
Last seen: 1 day 6 hours ago
Joined: 11/05/2006 - 8:36am

When faced with these questions, the questions are quite simple. If the mixer has ¼" jack sockets, then are they balanced? This means a 3 circuit connector, and wired to the XLR using sleeve to pin 1, ring to pin 3 and tip to pin 2.

if the ¼" is unbalanced, then the connection goes sleeve to xlr pins 1 AND 3 and tip to xlr pin 2.

You can buy 3 circuit ¼" connectors to TWO xlrs, and TWO ¼" 2 circuit male jacks to ONE XLR 3 pin - but these are for very specific applications and not common.