Originally Posted by uzi
Yeah, I need to figure out what cable I'm gonna use... though Mogami star quad is on the list. I have it in mind to go simple with some Neutrik connectors. In the end, I'd like the flexibility to run the AD off the Burson Soloist (1/4"), Geek Pulse X (1/4" and 4-pin XLR) and Emotiva Mini-X (banana plugs)... hence the XLR cable choice and the mission to make adapter cables.
If any of you are particular good at this (and particularly have some cable suggestions to make), and don't mind answering a software guy's hardware questions, feel free to PM me. Thanks!
making cables is a good skill to learn...will save you a ton of money in the end, and it's not that hard, although it's a PITA, in my opinion. here is a good run-down on how to do one:
one of my first DIY projects was re-configuring the akg k-501 to have separate wires going into each cup and terminating it with a balanced 4-pin connector. worked out really well and i loved that project. also made some balanced ICs, a balanced->1/4" adapter cable, and some mini->mini connectors. all this to say that i'm not a skilled guy to begin with, but found that making cables was quite rewarding. you should do it - you'll have a closer connection to your equipment.
like you, i have ADs on order, am also waiting for a geek pulse X, and am going to build some adapter cables while i wait. since i have a ton of mogami star quad laying around, i'll use that for myself...and i might actually make my balanced->1/4" adapter from the end of the grado hf-2 that i'm going to cut in order to re-terminate those to balanced. there's a ton of helpful guys on the DIY threads...post questions there if you get stuck making your cables. good luck.