Audio Accessories

There are many different accessories to consider when setting up your home studio to capture audio. The following will be some accessories you may want to consider purchasing

Audio Cables

1. XLR Cables

Audio cables came in many different varieties but the main ones you will be concerned with in a home studio will be XLR cables and 1/4 in cables.

XLR cables are also known as balanced cables and will be primarily used to connect microphones to your mixer or audio interface. They are good at rejecting outside interference.

2. 1/4 in Cables

1/4 in cables will come in two main types TS and TRS. TS or "tip sleeve" are an unbalanced cable. They used to carry a mono signal and are generally used to connect instruments like a guitar to your audio interface.

A TRS cable or "Tip Ring Sleeve" and are balanced cables. TRS cables are able to carry a stereo audio signal. They are generally used to connect to monitors. They are better able to reject noise interference than TS cables.

TRS cables can be used in most cases where TS cables are used. However a TS cable should not be used when a TRS cable is required.

When to use which type of 1/4 in cable can be confusing to some. I would recommend using TS cables only as instrument cables and TRS cables for all other connections. This will help to reduce problems that can be caused by outside electrical interference.

3. RCA cables

RCA cables are not as widely used as they use to be. You may still find these on some stereo equipment or CD players that you are wanting to use in your studio so it is a good idea to keep some of these around in case some equipment comes along that you need them for.

4. 1/8 in cables

1/8 in cables are a common cable type used with phones, mp3 players, laptops, and headphones. If you are planning on using one of these devices in your studio be sure to keep some 1/8 in to 1/4 in adapters around because most audio interfaces and mixers will not be able to use this cable type without the use of an adapter.

These are generally very cheaply made cables that can break easily and also introduce noise into your recordings. I would recommend to avoid using them unless absolutely necessary. If you do need to use them keep your cable runs with them as short as possible.

Headphones

There are two main types of headphones that I would recommend for use in the studio. These are Closed back headphones and Open back headphones. I don't recommend using earbuds or Bluetooth headphones for use in the studio as these usually will have inferior audio quality and Bluetooth headphones can have a delay that will make tracking difficult.

Closed back
Open back

Monitors

Mic stands

Pop Filter

Shock mount

Acoustic Treatment

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