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Connecting a vintage unbalanced mic
Old 26th May 2006
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Connecting a vintage unbalanced mic

I've got a really cool looking vintage mic that I want to use in my studio as a talkback mic. The input for the mic on my Presonus Central Station is a balanced XLRM but the mic has an unbalanced 1/4"TS plug. What is the easiest way around this? Is there a adapter available? or can I rewire it? if so, where can I find a schematic?
Old 28th May 2006
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Hosa GXJ235 will probably work.

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A list of some unbalanced-to-balanced (and vice-versa) solutions here:


But of course you could always just try the mic into the CS with a TRS to XLR adapter as mentioned, and see how it behaves, if the gain is ok.

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as long as its a short run and you have enough gain there is no need to balance the signal first. get out your soldering iron and change the plug or make up an adapter
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