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Help with Prophet-6 output cables (1/4" → XLR)

Help with Prophet-6 output cables (1/4" → XLR)
« on: June 05, 2019, 10:31:11 AM »
Hi there,

I have a new Prophet-6 module and the manual instructs to use for output: "Unbalanced, 1⁄4 inch audio outputs."

I would like to connect the P6 to my audio interface (Babyface Pro) which has two XLR Female inputs available – but I'm a little uncertain on what cables I can use; unfortunately I'm not so technical to be honest.

Should I use 2x 1/4" mono cables on the P6 end, and 2x XLR Male (3-pol) plugs on the other end [2x because of separate L/R outputs of the P6]?

I'm wondering, because aren't XLR Male (3-pol) plugs actually balanced – thereby going counter to the instruction to use something "unbalanced"? Or does that only matter on the P6 end of the cables?

Is there a better solution, like using two 1/4" mono cables that converge into one XLR cable (which would be unbalanced)? Just curious – since I'm doubting that it's the right way (again, I don't have the technical expertise).

Secondly, how do I know if a 1/4" cable/plug is unbalanced or not?

Re: Help with Prophet-6 output cables (1/4" → XLR)
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2019, 07:14:29 AM »
What I do with my keyboards is to run unbalanced 1/4 cables to a stereo DI box and then balanced XLRs from there to my mixer. Works fine.
Prophet 6, Nord Electro 5D 73, Alesis QS6.1, Roland Gaia

Re: Help with Prophet-6 output cables (1/4" → XLR)
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2019, 06:00:50 AM »
What I do with my keyboards is to run unbalanced 1/4 cables to a stereo DI box and then balanced XLRs from there to my mixer. Works fine.

Thanks for the suggestion. Do you use two separate balanced XLR cables for L and R to your mixer?

Re: Help with Prophet-6 output cables (1/4" → XLR)
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2019, 07:48:44 AM »
Yes. Two 1/4 unbalanced from the Prophet to the DI and two balanced XLRs from the DI to the mixer.
Prophet 6, Nord Electro 5D 73, Alesis QS6.1, Roland Gaia