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Will ALL venues have the 1/4" line in socket for their sound systems?
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Some will other won't. You also need XLR (3 pin) connectors and RCA connectors.

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If you have a wireless microphone or a mini disc recorder that uses 1/4" connectors, you can use a direct box to go to an XLR input. Here's an inexpensive direct box: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Zdirect/

I have to do this with my Sennheiser wireless receiver as it does not have an XLR output. (The newer G2 Sennheisers have both 1/4" & XLR outputs.)

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A DI box will help in many situations however I would also recommend putting a patch kit together. I work in AV and we have many kits for video, lighting, and audio. They are usually a bunch of adaptors or turn arounds for any situation you can imagine. I learned early on this can make or break a show.

Just some thoughts...

Gotta go run an adaptor down to the lobby now
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Profile of silverking
On 2006-01-20 18:18, benlewis2004 wrote:
Will ALL venues have the 1/4" line in socket for their sound systems?

If it's a professional venue, and they have a decent sound system, and they are like most every other venue of that type in the country, they will have a DI or 5 in stock.

The question you would ask up front when advancing your show is "do you have any DI's in your inventory".

If they say "no" then you would ask "do you have any way to take a 1/4 audio jack into your sound system"?

If you regularly supply a 1/4" audio jack as your output, you would be wise to invest in an active DI (not a passive DI).

This active DI will then offer you some options when experiencing humms and buzz'es when you tie into the house sound system.
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I have to agree with the direct box. I also would like to add that borrowing equipment and adapters from places can be tricky and faulty at times. Having your own adapters (including a direct box) is a mark of professionalism in my mind. Also- PUT YOUR NAME on every piece of equipment, including cables, from small pieces to large in some way permanent.
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