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Subject: Split cable
From: Jeremy Minns <>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 16:38:25 -0300
When I recorded with a DAT, which was useless for playback, I carried a 
TCM5000 cassette recorder as well and had a neat split cable from the 
Sennheiser ME62 microphone to two XLRs for the DAT and a mini-plug for the 
cassette recorder. I could record on both recorders simultaneously. Now I 
am using an MKH20 mic running on phantom power connected to a Portadisc. As 
the Portadisc gets through so many batteries when used for playback I am 
thinking of getting a consumer MD for this pupose. I had hoped to use the 
same split cable from the MKH20 to the Portadisc and the consumer MD but 
to-day I tried this, using a cassette recorder instead of the consumer MD, 
and failed to record on either.

Is there any way to make this setup work or is it doomed because of the 
MKH20's requirement of phantom power? It's bad enough going back to 
carrying two recorders in the field without carrying two microphones as 
well. Or leaving my expensive new MKH20 at home.

I feel quite embarrassed at the number of questions I put to this group! 
But so far I've always found you very helpful and responsive.



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