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Using a TRS to XLR cable with SWD


MichaelR

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Probably coming across as such an amatuer here, but I recently connected this cable from my SWD Standard straight to the board and, wow, what a huge difference in sound. Much cleaner and sweeter. I know Taylor owners need to use this cable with the expression system, but I thought it made a huge difference with my Fishman Aura Ellipse. If you haven't given it a try, highly recommended!

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I dont get it, can you expand ...?

 

 

In place of using a guitar cable - 1/4 inch to 1/4 inch......use 1/4 inch to XLR (commonly scene on microphone cables)....and plug into the mic input....i found a huge difference....ready to go out and spend $50 on a high quality cable. Definite difference in sound quality in comparison

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Right, welll I do something similar. I took my old SWD with a 1/4 into my Aura spectrum and then XLR out into the board. I imagine its a similar approach.

 

In place of using a guitar cable - 1/4 inch to 1/4 inch......use 1/4 inch to XLR (commonly scene on microphone cables)....and plug into the mic input....i found a huge difference....ready to go out and spend $50 on a high quality cable. Definite difference in sound quality in comparison

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What you are likely hearing is an improvement in the cable, not just the connections. TRS or mic cable will have much less signal loss over longer runs than a normal guitar cable. The best results will likely come from the use of a good Direct box and quality cable are a must. It may cost a bit more for nicer cables but they often come with a warranty so they are well worth it.

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TRS or mic cable will have much less signal loss over longer runs than a normal guitar cable.

 

Just to clarify..... as long as the TRS or mic cable is receiving a true 'balanced' (3 cond. ) signal.

 

As well as level difference, balanced signals/cables use all 3 pins 1=shield 2=hot 3=cold and because of this can take advantage of CMR ( Common Mode Rejection ) and allow long signal runs that will see less signal loss and are less susceptible to induced noise from RF/EMI etc....

 

Unbalanced use 2 , 1= cold 2=hot.

 

One can still plug a TRS (3 cond.) jack into a guitar that has an unbalanced ( 2 cond. ) output. The signal will still be carried on T and S , in this case the fact that it is a 3 cond cable will make no difference, and will still see typical un-balanced signal loss in long runs as well as being more susceptible to RF/EMI etc....

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