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#1997841 - 12/11/12 11:27 AM Re: How to properly record a DP [Re: Adamanthul]
Adamanthul Offline
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Registered: 12/02/12
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Allright you guys have been a tremendous help, i think i will go with the 2i2, my last question is, is it important whether i buy 1/4 to XLR or 1/4 to 1/4 cables?

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#1997842 - 12/11/12 11:41 AM Re: How to properly record a DP [Re: Adamanthul]
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Many years ago I tested the quietness of a sound system by switching out the 1\4" cables with XLR 'mic' cables.

With no input signal and the mixer and amp wide open ... and the amp was close to 500 watts rms per channel, there was a very slight difference in favor of the XLR cable.

Since this system was used on jobs, I didn't think the very slight reduction in the noise floor was a big deal; it would go unnoticed so I used the 1\4" cables.

If you're mastering audio for a professional situation, go with the XLR. If you're making recordings for your own enjoyment, go with the 1\4". (If I'm on a job and a 1\4" cable goes bad, I can easily find a replacement. If an XLR cable quits, it's more difficult to locate one.)

My opinion ... it's splitting hairs, but then there are audiophiles who split hairs for fun. smile

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#1997852 - 12/11/12 11:57 AM Re: How to properly record a DP [Re: Adamanthul]
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It's definitely just amatuer/for fun stuff but I guess i will go with the XLR nonetheless if the quality is (ever so slightly) better, there is practically no price difference and i am ordering all my cables/audio stuff at a place that sends superfast so even if one cable should go bad, ill have replacement soon enough.

Thanks for your input!

#1997919 - 12/11/12 02:30 PM Re: How to properly record a DP [Re: Adamanthul]
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The usual purpose of XLR is to carry a balanaced signal. Your digital piano does not produce balanced signal. As a result, there's no advantage to XLR I can think of (except it is less likely to be accidentally pulled out if you trip on it).

Now, the focusrite can produce a balanced output signal, so if your speakers accept a balanced input signal, you can use that to go from the focusrite to the speakers and avoid any interference that could happen between the focusrite and speakers. Balanced signals can be transmitted over XLR or 1/4 TRS, but not 1/4 TS.

#2013309 - 01/12/13 09:35 AM Re: How to properly record a DP [Re: Adamanthul]
Adamanthul Offline
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Registered: 12/02/12
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Well after some time i finally got my 2i2 and am able to record without interference/distortion.Thanks again for all your help!

(In case anyone is interested, here is a sample of the sound quality Youtube )

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