Wall Plates

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Member Since: Apr 14, 2003

I need to know how to install wall plates in different rooms of a studio. The studio we record in has a wall plate in each isolation room. i know how to wire them, but how do i get the wires to the control room? should i run the wires in the walls or in the ceiling? also, how do i connect them in the control room? do i get the same number of wall plates and put them in the control room, or do i just run the cables to the control room, and put ends on them?

i also noticed that in the main room for recording, there is a wall plate with both xlr's and 1/4" plugs. some the 1/4" were for headphones, but what can the others be used for? Should i put the same number of inputs combined as i have on my mixer, or more?

thanks for the help guys!!

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Cone Poker
Since: Apr 07, 2002

Sep 26, 2003 05:29 pm

I'm lost... what's a wall plate?

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Sep 26, 2003 05:50 pm

A wall plate look like a snake with the big end bolted to a wall...just a plate of jacks and stuff...

Since: Feb 17, 2003

Sep 26, 2003 08:10 pm

yeah, carvin has them on their site. its so that you dont run a mic cord from one room, out the door, into the control room. you just plug the mic into the wall plate.

a.k.a. Porp & Mr. Muffins
Since: Oct 09, 2002

Sep 27, 2003 10:15 am

I would think that you wouldn't need wall plates in the control room, just have the snake come out of a hole (I think there are 'hole' wall plates too...) and plug into your mixer. I'm not sure about that-- It would certainly save a good deal of money on XLR cables, though :) Anyways, that's how I've seen it done in a lot of live sound places (i.e. churches, concert halls), but I haven't really seen a pro studio before, so I'm not sure. I hope that helps a little....

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Sep 27, 2003 09:46 pm

jason@work, I personally use the snake method as it does make ti much easier to roam around to any room and have plenty of inputs to the console. But the choice is yours. If you are making this a permanant recording setup, yes it is nice to have multiple jacks in all rooms. You need to decide how many mics or what not you might use in each room and install the same number of jacks you will need. As far as running the cable goes you should run it wherever there is the least amount of AC wiring present. Such as lights or running outlets and such. The ceiling is usually the best choice for this. If you have to crass over AC lines, make sure the do not run parallel. Make them cross if they must as an x. As far as the 1/4s go, they are usually for headphones, but can accomadate direct outs from synths or what ever.

And in the control room, yes it would be best to have cables right to the console. That wat you will avoid another pluggin connection and have less noise posible in the lines.

If ya need more on this just let us know.

Since: Feb 17, 2003

Sep 28, 2003 03:09 pm

thanks guys for the info. i really appreciate it!


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