MusicWiring and connecting a PA or recording system can be very complex and potentially dangerous. Here are some issues to consider.

A Little Background to Music Connectivity

The world of connectivity and wiring within backline, PA and recording setups can seem at times bizarre and bewildering. There are numerous connection types, from XLR and TRS Jack to RCA Phono and Mono Jacks, along with screened and unscreened cables. We’ll attempt to unravel these mysteries and hopefully offer a clear guide to what you need to use and when to use it!

First, it’s worth pointing out that recording connectivity is very different to PA (public address) or backline (monitoring) connectivity. PA and backline sound rigs involve feeding signals to speakers at high power, whereas the signals used in recording are rarely more powerful than a home hifi unit, and are mostly much lower than that. Continue reading