Y-cable, splitter, combiner, and adapter using XLR connectors

FAQ #3309 Updated March 18, 2015

Question:

I often require a Y-cable using XLR connectors, or a need an adapter to change a male XLR to a female or vice versa. Any ideas?

Answer:

This idea was printed in the November/December 2004 issue of "Line UP" magazine -a British publication. Basic soldering skills are required to create this device.


Obtain two male XLR cable connectors and two female XLR cable connectors.

Obtain 36" of two-conductor, braided shield, mic cable.
 

  1. Cut the mic cable into four equal sections.
  2. Solder one end of the first cable section to the male XLR connector #1 (shield to pin 1; inner wire A to pin 2; inner wire B to pin 3).
  3. Solder the other end the first cable section to the female XLR connector #1 (use the same wiring scheme as above).
  4. Use the second section of cable and solder/connect female XLR connector #1 to male XLR connector #2.
  5. Use the third section of cable and solder/connect male XLR connector #2 to female XLR connector #2.
  6. Use the fourth section of cable and solder/connect female XLR connector #2 to male XLR connector #1.

This creates a ring of four XLR connectors, all interconnected, that can be used as a passive splitter, a passive combiner, or to change the gender of any XLR connector.

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