"Explain Like I'm 5": Balanced vs. Unbalanced Connections (Podcast #8) July 11, 2013 12:30 8 Comments
This podcast marks the first of a new series in which I attempt to explain complex audio subjects so that a 5-year-old could understand them.
In this first "Explain Like I'm 5" podcast, I tackle the important subject of balancing. What is the difference between balanced and unbalanced connections? How does balancing work? Why do we need balanced connections?
In less than 15 minutes, I answer these questions the way I wish someone had for me: assuming no electronics knowledge, sticking to the basics, and using only terminology that a musician would understand.
In order, I discuss:
- What are balanced and unbalanced connections?
- How can I identify the difference?
- Why are there these two types of connections in the studio?
- How does balancing reduce noise?
- What is Common Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR)?
- If balanced connections are so great, why isn't everything balanced?