Cables and Adapters

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This is a list of most of the cables and adapters that Media Loan offers as part of general access (meaning any enrolled students can check them out). The Table should provide enough information to determine which cable or adapter you need, but for more information call or visit media loan for assistance.

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Mini - 1/4" Dual AUDIO iPod Mini (1/8") splits to two 1/4" for stereo audio output from an iPod or laptop to other audio equipment.
1/4" - Mini AUDIO Headphones Headphones plug adapter
Mini - 1/4" AUDIO Headphones Headphones plug adapter
Mini w/Screw - 1/4" AUDIO Headphones Headphones plug adapter
Mini - RCA Dual AUDIO iPod Typically used to get stereo audio signal from an iPod or laptop and send it into a device with 2 RCA sockets for 2 channels of the stereo signal
RCA Stereo AUDIO / VIDEO Home Audio For connecting stereo speakers or other audio devices that have two RCA connectors at both ends.
Headphone Splitter AUDIO Headphones A cable that connects Mini (1/8") plug to two Mini (1/8") sockets. It allows two headphones to connect to one socket and both get stereo signal.
RCA P - S AUDIO / VIDEO Home Audio RCA extended that has an RCA plug on one end and socket on another. This is not advised to be used to make really long RCA connections because this is an "unbalanced signal" and is vulnerable to adding noise at longer lengths.
RCA P - P AUDIO / VIDEO Home Audio A standard RCA plug to plug cable that could be used for a single signal audio left, right or video.
MINI P - S AUDIO iPod Mini (1/8") extender is used for increasing the reach of a mini connection.
MINI P - P AUDIO iPod Mini (1/8") cable used to connect an iPod (among other things) with audio equipment.
1/4" - RCA AUDIO PA 1/4" plug to RCA plug connects various audio equipment with compatible sockets.
1/4" S Barrel AUDIO PA 1/4" socket barrel allows two 1/4" plugs to connect. It is advised to have the same pin count on both sides like 2 pin to 2 pin or 3 pin to 3 pin.
1/4" TS AUDIO Guitar/ keyboards 1/4" audio cable is TS (Tip, Sleeve) meaning it is used for unbalanced signals.
1/4" TRS AUDIO PA 1/4" audio cable is TRS (Tip, Ring, Sleeve) meaning is is used to 1 balanced signal or can carry two unbalanced signals.
1/4" TRS P - S AUDIO PA 1/4" audio extended plug to socket is TRS (Tip, Ring, Sleeve) meaning is is used to 1 balanced signal or can carry two unbalanced signals.
DI Box AUDIO Guitar/ keyboards Connects an unbalanced 1/4" cable to a balanced XLR Cable. It additionally helps with ground loops, impedance matching and preventing electromagnetic noise from being introduced to the signal. The DI Box has the added benefit of switches for a pad, ground lift, as well as an unchanged output of the input so you could connect a guitar cable to the DI Box and have that output to an amp via "1/4" thru" as well the balanced XLR output for connecting to a mixer.
1/4" to XLR Hilow AUDIO Guitar/ keyboards Connects an unbalanced 1/4" socket to a balanced XLR Cable. It additionally helps with ground loops, impedance matching and preventing electromagnetic noise from being introduced to the signal.
XLR S Barrel AUDIO PA XLR barrel with sockets at both ends, used for connecting 2 XLR plugs.
XLR P Barrel AUDIO PA XLR barrel with plugs at both ends, used for connecting 2 XLR socket.
XLR P - 1/4" TRS AUDIO PA XLR plug to 1/4" plug with TRS (Tip, Ring, Sleeve) for getting a balanced signal from XLR to 1/4" likely to be used for mixer to speaker connections.
XLR S - 1/4" TRS AUDIO PA XLR socket to 1/4" plug with TRS (Tip, Ring, Sleeve) for getting a balanced signal from XLR to 1/4" likely to be used for mixer to speaker connections.
XLR - USB B AUDIO / COMPUTER Mic This can be used to put an XLR microphone signal into a computer. It is a small interface for a single XLR connection to be digitized and turned into a USB type B (version 2) connection. Media Loan also has other interfaces if you want to record more signals.
Mic Splitter AUDIO Mic Allows a XLR connection to be doubled so the same signal be send to difference places. If in an Audio Studio, this could instead be done in the patch bay via the mults.
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RCA Triple VIDEO / AUDIO Video Display 3 RCA connectors bundled for Audio Left (White), Audio Right (Red), and Composite Video (Yellow).
Component Adapter VIDEO / AUDIO Video Display 3 RCA connectors bundled and connected to a DSLR connector. No audio is carried, but instead send video on a red, green, and blue channel as component video.
S Video VIDEO / AUDIO Video Display An older video cable for an older video format.
RCA - Mini TS AUDIO Camera Audio RCA to Mini (1/8") TS (Tip, Sleeve) for connecting audio for a consumer level camera.
RCA Triple - Mini TRRS VIDEO / AUDIO Camera A/V 3 RCA connectors bundled and connected to a Mini (1/8") TRRS (Tip, Ring, Ring, Sleeve) for carrying Audio Left (White), Audio Right (Red), and Composite Video (Yellow).
RCA Triple - Canon Connector VIDEO / AUDIO Camera A/V 3 RCA connectors bundled and connected to a Canon Brand connector for carrying Audio Left (White), Audio Right (Red), and Composite Video (Yellow).
BNC VIDEO Video Video cable most commonly used for SD SDI or HD SDI.
XLR S w/Transformer - Mini TRS AUDIO Camera Audio This cable connects a professional mic to a consumer level camera. It may be preferable to instead record audio to a dedicated audio recorder like the Olympus Recorder rather than the consumer level camera
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Mac DVI - VGA COMPUTER / VIDEO Video Display Mac DVI to VGA
Mac Thunderbolt - VGA COMPUTER / VIDEO Video Display Mac Thunderbolt (MiniDisplayPort) to VGA
DVI - VGA COMPUTER / VIDEO Video Display DVI to VGA
VGA mini - VGA COMPUTER / VIDEO Video Display VGA mini to VGA
HDMI COMPUTER / VIDEO Video Display Normal HDMI cable
HDMI micro COMPUTER / VIDEO Video Display HDMI to HDMI micro
HDMI - VGA COMPUTER / VIDEO Video Display HDMI to VGA
HDMI - Thunderbolt COMPUTER / VIDEO Video Display Thunderbolt
VGA w/Audio COMPUTER / VIDEO Video Display VGA cable, these don't carry audio, but there is a Mini (1/8") cable bundled for carrying audio.
VGA COMPUTER / VIDEO Video Display VGA cable, these dont carry audio.
HDMI Mini COMPUTER / VIDEO Video Display HDMI to HDMI mini
USB C Display Adapter COMPUTER / VIDEO Video Display An adapter that uses a USB C connector like from a modern laptop and connects to the display connector types; HDMI, VGA, DVI.
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USB A - B COMPUTER Data For Data Connections
Card Reader COMPUTER Data Transfurs various data cards (includeing SD) to USB mini
USB mini COMPUTER Data For Data Connections from USB normal to mini
USB micro COMPUTER Data For Data Connections from USB normal to micro
USB P - S COMPUTER Data For USB Extensions
Firewire COMPUTER Data For Data Connections
Phone connector COMPUTER Phone Phone Connector
Ethernet COMPUTER Data Cable often used to connect a computer to a router for internet access without relying on Wifi
Coax COMPUTER Data Often used for RF receiver connection, transmitting home internet and cable, and other things. (Technical side-note, the cable is Coaxial [ the same as BNC and RCA] while the connector is called F-Type)