I have a Tascam 2488neo Digital portastudio. It has 4 XLR inputs, all 4 receiving phantom power from the same button, so one can not be unpowered, either all 4 have to receive +48 V power or none. It also has 4 standard balanced 1/4" jack mic/line inputs. I have to use specific mics and I need to record with them simultaneously, they are both condenser and dynamic mics. While I would want to use an XLR to XLR cable for the dynamic mic, I can not plug the dynamic mic into one of the XLR inputs because I have to pres the +48V power button on for the condenser mics, and the manual says never to give phantom power to a dynamic mic. So that leaves me with having to plug the dynamic into one of the 1/4" jacks. So I was told by a specialist from B&H that I need an XLR to TS cable NOT an XLR to TRS cable for the dynamic mic.
- So my 1st question is, is his statement true? If I had used XLR to XLR cable that would have been balanced. Now that I have to use the 1/4" input I have to use an unbalanced cable for the same mic? Doesn't make sense. Plus the inputs expect a balanced cable. Why did the specialist say I can't use XLR to TRS, but have to use XLR to TS?
My 2nd question is, what is the best choice to get the best sound? I can't use the XLR inputs as I explained above because I have to give +48V power to the condenser mics and that would give it to the dynamic also. I have an ART Tube MPtube mic preamp with balanced XLR and unbalanced TS connections. So if I go into the preamp with an XlR to XLR cable, then out of it with an unbalanced TS, how does that make sense for what the microphone requires (balanced or unbalanced)? Also, the Tascam 1/4 input expects a balanced cable, and I go in with an unbalanced one from the preamp? Which solution is better? Use an XLR to TS cable to go directly into Tascam, (and not an XLR to TRS if that specialist was right, even though he looked at the Tascam manual and knew that the inputs are balanced), or use the ART preamp with an XLR to XLR balanced in, and out with an unbalanced jack going into the Tascam's balanced input...
Thanks for any helpful insights