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XLR stereo to TS jacks wiring

Postby ManFromGlass » Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:44 pm

I am trying not to buy anything as I have enough parts on hand.
I want to use 2 outputs on my RME interface to send a stereo signal to a "headphone" amp in another room. The "headphone" amp has 2 mono inputs, actually it's a 2 input Zoom U-24 interface with a headphone out.
I believe I need to make 2 adapters
- TS Left, TS Right into male XLR and TS Left, TS Right into female XLR.
I will be sending a stereo signal down the XLR cable. I wanted to run the wiring by you in case I missed something in my research. I'm not concerned about any RF or other interference. Suggestions appreciated.
update - oh crap - I just noticed I can't pan the mono signals on the Zoom. Back to the drawing board. But please let me know if my wiring is correct.

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Re: XLR stereo to TS jacks wiring

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:48 pm

Yes, that wiring would be fine. ...although if the XLR cable is long you'll have slightly more crosstalk between the two channels than if you ran separate (unbalanced) cables.

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Re: XLR stereo to TS jacks wiring

Postby James Perrett » Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:16 pm

ManFromGlass wrote:update - oh crap - I just noticed I can't pan the mono signals on the Zoom.

That's got me before too. On the U44 I'd suggest using it in AD/DA mode and linking the digital ins and outs but I don't think there's a similar stand-alone mode on the U24.
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Re: XLR stereo to TS jacks wiring

Postby Sam Spoons » Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:25 pm

Is this for listening or a cue mix? If the latter is stereo crucial or can you live with a mono mix?
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Re: XLR stereo to TS jacks wiring

Postby ManFromGlass » Wed Jun 10, 2020 1:14 pm

I can live with mono but I also found another interface that does do panning so I’m good now. Of course it was sitting right in front of my face for years so I didn’t see it. :smirk:
I’m running about 40’ of cable so a bit of crosstalk is acceptable. The click will be front and centre with the tracks playing a bit quieter for reference.
All sources close mic’ed although I may keep playing with the mid/side techniques I learned in these very pages! Now to hang some duvets after a bit of soldering!
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