A story on balanced and unbalanced audio might belong in a classic world of Good versus Evil. Alas, the subject isn't as exciting but it IS quite important to video production.
In the battle for Audio City, Balanced Man stands alone as the only hero left to fight the evil Unbalanced Signal... Well, that's how this article was going to start, until I really started thinking about it. You see, in the real world, balanced audio signals are the reliable, professional way to go, while unbalanced connections are prone to problems. That didn't make for much of a villain. At the same time, there are many legitimate uses for unbalanced audio. That left me with more of a superhero and a sidekick that could work together, but with no substantial enemy. It's a work in progress. In the meantime, I think we'll just discuss the differences between balanced and unbalanced audio connections and how to use them both in your producti… Read More