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Chapter Twenty Six

Analogue Audio Interfacing

[General interfacing problems. Old solutions. Modern developments. Polarity standards. The case for jackfields. Balanced–unbalanced interfacing. Grounding of signal screens.]

When people plan their first studios of any significant complexity, they are often shocked once they find the true cost of the cables and connectors needed to interface all the equipment. They tend to count carefully the cost of the items of equipment when preparing their budgets, but when everything is ready for installation, and the reality of the interconnection costs confronts them, there is often not sufficient money left to do the equipment justice. It is always a great risk to cut corners on the audio cabling infrastructure ...

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