Monday, January 12th, 2009...5:39 pm
Tracks 101 – Connectors: Audio and Computer
Jump to Comments As i have been extremely busy lately, this post is not only a little later then i would like it to be, but it also has less words, more pictures! Below is a little audio connector cheat sheet, this should help you identify some cables that are common and not so common in the studio. This should also help you learn some other uses for them that you might have not already known. Enjoy!
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|Male Connector||Female Connector||Name(s)||Typical Uses||Wikipedia Link|
|TRS connector (tip, ring, sleeve) A.K.A. audio jack, phone plug, jack plug, stereo plug, mini-jack, or mini-stereo||Audio, Video, low-voltage circuits||TRS connector|
|XLR||Analog and Digital Audio, AES/EBU, Microphones, high voltage signals (for speakers and PA systems), 2x XLR for AES/EBU||XLR connector AES/EBU|
|RCA, Compenent, phono connector, cinch connector, S/P DIF||Analog Audio and Video, Digital Audio, S/PDif, phono, tape, speakers, antenna connector, and mroe||RCA connector|
|BNC or Bayonet Neill Concelman connector||Radio /Antennas, midi word clock and other audio time control, computer networking, audio, video, MADI and more||BNC connector MADI|
|binding post||eletrical test equipment, speakers, audio||Binding post|
|d-sub, DB-(pin number) some examples are DB-25 (parallel port and ADAT), DB-15 (game port), HD-DB-15 (computer VGA video, also pictured left), DB-9 (computer serial) 2x DB-25 for AES/EBU and TASCAM DI||computers, multiple pinout connectors, audio, data cable, video, joysticks, midi, and tons more||D-subminiature AES/EBU ADAT TASCAM Digital Interface Gameport Serial port Parallel port VGA port DVI port|
|banana connector (banana plug for the male, banana jack for the female)||Electronic test equipment and Hi-Fi audio||Banana connector|
|Speakon||Amplifiers and Speaker systems||Speakon connector|
|Ipod Dock connector||connecting the apple ipod to computers or digital audio devices||Dock connector|
|Din Connector / Mini-Din Connector||video from consoles and computers, digital audio, midi, and low voltage electronics, computer keyboard and mouse before usb||DIN connector Mini-DIN connector PS/2_port|
|RJ-45 (registered jack type 45), Ethernet, Cobranet, Ethersound, 8 Position 8 Contact (8P8C)||Computer and Audio Networking, phone systems||8P8C Registered jack Cobranet EtherSound|
|toslink, Fiber, Optics,RC-5720, EIAJ optical, "TOShiba-LINK", TOSlink, TosLink, and Tos-link are all acceptable, Lightpipe, ADAT-Lightpipe||S/P DIF, Digital Audio and Data, ADAT||TOSLINK S/P DIF ADAT_Lightpipe|
|IEEE-1394, 1394, firewire, mLan, Audiowire,||Computers and Data transfer, Digital Audio, Computer Networking||IEEE1394 MLAN Mark of the Unicorn (used firewire, but swapped some pins on the jack, and then renamed it audio wire)|
|HDMI , High-Definition Multimedia Interface||Analog and Digital / Audio and Video||HDMI|
|USB, Universal Serial Bus,||Computer Interface for audio, data, networking, and more. it is also an interface on many electronics these days to access computer file systems/storage||USB|
|IEC- c13 and IEC -c14, power connectors,( c13 female & c14 male)||Power Supply||IEC connector|