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Microphone Month 2


What’s the difference between TS and TRS cables?

TS stands for tip-sleeve and TRS stands for tip-ring-sleeve (see picture below).

TS and TRS cables

TS (left) and TRS (right) cable, click to explore.

Side by side drawing of a balanced TRS cable and unblanaced TS cableTS cables are generally used for mono, unbalanced signals. These are most commonly used with electric guitars.

TRS cables can be used for mono, balanced signals as well as stereo signals.

  • An example of a mono, balanced signal would be the line in or out from your audio interface.
  • White Block WideAn example of a stereo signal would be what your headphones receive when you plug them into any headphone jack.




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