How to tell the difference between TS, TRS and TRRS cables, and what each are used for in the home studio.
In this video, I give a quick and simple explanation of the different types of 1/4″ and 1/8″ cables, and explain the difference between TS, TRS and TRRS.
Here’s a quick rundown:
TS = Tip/Sleeve – mono unbalanced cable used for instruments, speakers
TRS = Tip/Ring/Sleeve – mono (balanced) or stereo (unbalanced) cable used for line level inputs and outputs (mono) and headphones/inserts (stereo)
TRRS = Tip/Ring/Ring/Sleeve – stereo (unbalanced) + microphone cable, used for smartphones, tablets and laptops.
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