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Zan Ozimek
Where do I get an unbalanced XLR to Mini-Jack adapter?
on Feb 2, 2011 at 5:48:55 am

Some explanation at the outset ...

I just got a RE50 mic for use with the Zoom H2. Naturally I needed a Female XLR to Mini Jack adapter cable. However, I was unable to get any sound out of the mic when connected (that is, the Zoom's internal mics would not disable when the thing was plugged in). I tested the mic elsewhere and it was working fine. I then tried to run it into the mic-in port on my computer and record myself with Audacity and it produced a terrible hissing sound.

On the mini-jack end of my cable there are two green rings which, I think, means it's balanced. Do I need an unbalanced cable and, if so, where would I find one at? I've looked high and low and can't seem to locate one.


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Eric Toline
Re: Where do I get an unbalanced XLR to Mini-Jack adapter?
on Feb 2, 2011 at 1:39:22 pm

If you're not handy with a soldering iron I can make one for you. Contact me at audioetc@bellsouth.net or call: 954-255-7628.

Eric


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Ty Ford
Re: Where do I get an unbalanced XLR to Mini-Jack adapter?
on Feb 2, 2011 at 1:58:17 pm

Hello Zan and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum.

You have a mono source going into a stereo input. The mic is balanced. The input is unbalanced.

So you need a cable with the connections wired to do connect the + pin of the RE50 to the tip and ring of the plug so the audio goes to both left and right H2 inputs. You can use a cable that's wired to port audio to just one track of the H2, but I think you're better served to record to both.

http://www.trewaudio.com/store/product.php?productid=146&cat=21&page=1

http://www.markertek.com/Cables/Audio-Cables/AV-Dubbing-Cables/TecNec-Cable...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/287328-REG/Remote_Audio_CASENSK100XM4...

Regards,

Ty Ford

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Zan Ozimek
Re: Where do I get an unbalanced XLR to Mini-Jack adapter?
on Feb 2, 2011 at 4:34:26 pm

Thanks very much!

In the links you provided I notice there are price ranges from $12 to $56 ... is there any particular technical advantage to me going with the $56 one over the $12 one?


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Ty Ford
Re: Where do I get an unbalanced XLR to Mini-Jack adapter?
on Feb 2, 2011 at 4:43:07 pm

Zan,

the $56 one has a block capacitor to keep bias voltage from getting into a mic or whatever you have plugged in on that end. I don't know if the Zoom generates bias voltage.

Regards,

Ty Ford

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Zan Ozimek
Re: Where do I get an unbalanced XLR to Mini-Jack adapter?
on Feb 2, 2011 at 11:56:14 pm

Awesome, thanks very much!


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Kamil Papiez
Re: Where do I get an unbalanced XLR to Mini-Jack adapter?
on Jul 18, 2011 at 2:21:01 pm

Hey guys,

I have a question:
I want to buy Zoom H2 and Azden SGM-X1 mix. I noticed some people buy XLR adapters, like this one:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320725895768&ssPageName=...

What is the difference between those XLR adapters and that what Ty Ford linked? Is it worth to invest money or I should just use soldering iron and it will be fine?


Thanks for help


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Kamil Papiez
Re: Where do I get an unbalanced XLR to Mini-Jack adapter?
on Jul 19, 2011 at 2:47:32 pm

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