Spark Mini 1/8" to other connectors for different destination inputs.
solomongreeny last edited by solomongreeny
Can someone tell me if I've correctly understood the different options for using the Spark Mini headphone output in MONO here?
If I want to connect the Spark Mini to something with a microphone input, I need to use a cable with 1/8" TRS male plug in the Spark and an XLR male at the other end and it needs to be wired as a balanced cable.
If I want to connect to something with a 1/4" input like:
- a DI box 1/4" input, or
- a physical mixing desk 1/4" instrument input, or
- an audio interface 1/4" instrument input,
then I need a proper 1/8" male TRS to 1/4" male TS summing cable, with resistors at the 1/4" end to prevent overload.
Or do those three asterisked things require different handling?
I recently connected a Spark Mini (headphone output set to mono) to an audio interface 1/4" input set to Instrument level using a 1/8" TS male-to-male mono cable and a 1/8" to 1/4" TS mono adaptor. I thought that was the correct chain of components, but the signal was massive and weirdly phased, which I think means I probably narrowly avoided destroying either one or both bits of equipment. I'm keen to make sure I don't do that again if that was the wrong config.
EDIT: I suspect the 1/8" to 1/4" adaptor might have been stereo to mono, rather than mono to mono, in which case I've done the classic error that requires a summing cable to prevent.
Is that right? I think I must be close to getting it.