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going from Hi-Z to 1/4"

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by One In Three, Sep 18, 2003.

  1. One In Three

    One In Three

    Feb 28, 2003
    Northern NJ
    I was wondering...if you have a DI box (which has a Hi-Z 3-prong output) and use a 1/4" adapter to plug into a recorder (because it's a cheap little 4-track), do you bring all kinds of new noise into the mix? I'm trying to figure out a quick little recording setup without breaking down and getting a new recorder here.
  2. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Hmmmm ... most of the DI's with XLR outputs that I've ever heard of are low impedance. They're used to enable you to run longer cables and to match the impedance of the input device to the board. If it's a quality DI, I doubt that it's going to introduce much additional noise.