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Unbalanced unit in the sidechain of a balanced piece o' gear?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by FbassDave, Oct 9, 2005.

  1. FbassDave


    May 29, 2005
    South Oz
    Hey!! Is this is gonna work?

    What I wanna do is run from an Avalon U5 (balanced XLR) into an RNC 1773 Compressor (balanced TRS 1/4"), and run a BBE 482i (unbalanced 1/4") in the sidechain of the RNC. Hmmm...

    Can unbalanced and balanced gear be combined like this? I know that you can run an EQ or such in the sidechain of the RNC to compress specific frequencies, but the BBE ain't like that :confused:

  2. Should work fine. Short enough cables shouldn't pick up any significant extra hum/noise than balanced cables would.

    However, some side chains with RTS connectors are actually stereo send/receive, not balanced, so be careful... verify what you're dealing with.

  3. Lyle Caldwell

    Lyle Caldwell

    Sep 7, 2004
    Right. The RNC is unbalanced, but lets you use a TRS cable to patch it into a channel insert (what it was designed for). And then you can certainly put unbalanced gear in its loop.

    You won't have any noise issues with the RNC.