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Old 03-19-2003, 03:15 PM
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Default QUESTIONS FROM A NAIVE MUSICIAN

I just got a mic preamp (speck) and an a/d converter (lucid). This is a first, and I'm going to ask a couple of questions I know will embarrass me. While reading the literature from both units, there are continual references to a 'balanced system' verses an 'unbalanced system'--what the heck are these referring to? Also, when they say things like 'make sure your system is 'grounded'', I assume this is talking about the electrical three-pronged plug that hooks into the wall? Thanks in advance.

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Old 03-19-2003, 03:28 PM
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A balanced system is one in which the shield or ground connection is separate from the signal connections. Examples: Unbalanced A typical instrument cable such as that used to carry the signal from an electric guitar to the guitar amp is an unbalanced sytem. There are only two conductors, both are used to carry the desired signal, and one of them is also used as shield or ground. Balanced A typical microphone cable using a three conductor XLR connector is a balanced system. There are two signal wires and a separate wire for the shield or ground connection. None of the signal is shared with the shield connection. Electrically, each of the two signal wires are balanced in relation to the ground wire. When the signal in one wire is positive in relation to ground, the signal in the opposite wire is negative in relation to ground. This cancels any noise that would be picked up by the cable in an unbalanced sytem.

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Old 03-19-2003, 03:41 PM
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Mike,

Thanks a lot! I see the light. Concise and very clear. I just did not want to ruin anything before setting it all up.

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