Balanced and unbalanced

Tony Scharf tony.scharf at
Tue Jun 7 03:14:00 CEST 2022

It won’t matter, likely.  If you plug a balanced plug into an unbalanced Jack it just results in an unbalanced connection (providing all the balanced cables are wired correctly and the same).

From: music-bar <music-bar-bounces at> on behalf of Peter Korsten <peter at>
Sent: Monday, June 6, 2022 5:43:41 PM
To: Music-bar <music-bar at>
Subject: Balanced and unbalanced


So, in the midst of the worst back problems I've ever had, and whilst waiting for spinal surgery (no idea when), my MOTU 24Ai arrived. There was one, new in opened box, for a good price on eBay.

Yay! 😀

This thing has 24 analogue balanced inputs on three 25-pin D-Sub connectors. It also has different kinds of connectors, green with 72 pentagonal sockets, but I'm not going to bother with those.

Unless I'm very much mistaken, all of my synths have unbalanced outputs, and that's a potential problem, because most ready-made DB25-to-jack looms are balanced.

Considering that the cables would be max. 60cm/2ft, could I risk it to get balanced cables? There is a retailer, Custom Lynx, who can make unbalanced cables on request. But they don't specify how they're wired. And balanced cables somehow feel more future-proof.

Has anyone ever had to deal with this specific scenario, or one similar?

- Peter
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