To make a home studio, fully functional, you need to get an assortment of plugs and cables. There are so many recording instruments that are used in the home studios, so one can imagine how many different types of wire would be required to get things started off. In this article, we are going to discuss about these plugs and cables. So, without any further ado, let’s start with it.
USB (Universal Serial Bus)
This port needs no introduction, as every computer/laptop has at least two USB ports. If you want to connect external hard drives, pen drivers, MIDI keywords and more, then USB ports are the best choice. The type of USB affects the data transferring speed, so you have to check the USB version, whether the device supports USB 1.0 or 2.0 before buying a product. You can easily transfer data from a recording instrument to the computer with the help of a USB.
¼ TRS – stereo
This is also known as TRS cord, and it is a dual channel cord. The benefit of using ¼ TRS cord is that you can use it as an extender. The main concern for the music producers is the inclusion of noise when they add any extender, but there is no such problem with ¼ TRS-stereo. You can run long cables without worrying about the addition of the noise in the signal. These cords are sued in a variety of audio gear and equipment along with headphones, where people need to have balanced connections. There is an alternative as well, i.e., TRS Y cord, which can be used for adding signal processors and effects to the line while mixing the tracks.
¼ ” Analog
This is perhaps the most popular cord that you would like to have in your home studio. This is an Analog plug that is ¼ inches in size. You can get two models for this plug, which are, TRS and TS. The full form of TRS is Tip Ring Sleeve and TS stands for Tip Sleeve.
These cables are mostly used for microphones, but if you want to connect the line connections with them, then you can do that. There are two ends, named male and female, which are different from one another. This cord is efficient in carrying low impedance signals due to their balanced connections.
¼ T/S – mono (unbalanced)
This is another common cable that is used in the home studios. This is a single channel cable and is very efficient in performing the job that is specifically assigned to it. Due to its single channel operation, the cable is called ‘mono’. These cables are used in power amp, musical instruments and speaker connections. The instruments, which you can connect are synth or guitar. You can easily get these cables from any electronics store or an online store as well.
These plugs are just like the Tip Sleeve plugs and can be seen in abundance in the home studios. The common name for RCA plugs is phono plugs. They are most commonly used for PDIF or Digital S signals. You won’t find them in the pro audio instruments because of their low reliability.
If your requirement is transferring digital data via two separate channels at one time, then this is the cable that you will have to use. This is not a balanced coaxial cable, so you have to keep that in mind while buying it.
These are same as S/PDIF except one thing, i.e., these cables make use of balanced XLR. Having these cables will also allow you to transfer digital data via two channels at the same time.
When you have to send multiple tracks through a highly sophisticated fiber optic cable at once, then ADAT Lightpipe will be brought into use.
If you are not satisfied with the performance of ADAT, then you can try out TDIF, which makes use of a 25-pin connector. This is slightly expensive than ADAT, but is more efficient.
These are the most popular and common plugs and cables that you need to buy in order to have an efficient home studio. For more information, you can take the help of the Google.