Just because it fits doesn't mean it's right.

Tips on home studio cabling

There are some important matters to keep in mind when cabling home studios. When the sound signal  is sent to an audio interface through a microphone or instrument, it’s essential to hit the right level. Improper cabling can cause a huge loss of quality.

1. Microphone

Connection to: mic-level input

For dynamic microphones an XLR input is sufficient, for condenser microphones the input must provide phantom power (usually marked with "48", "+48V" or the like).

2. Synthesizers, keyboards, drum machines, pianos, etc.

Connection to: Line-level input

Either stereo input (mostly mini jack) or two mono inputs (2x jack or cinch). A twin cable would come in handy.

3. Electric guitar, electric bass, Fender Rhodes, etc.

Connection to: Instrument-level inputs ("Hi-Z"/Guitar/Instrument).

Do not connect to the line input, as that would lead to a much thinner, weaker and less powerful signal and more unwanted noise. If the interface has no instrument input, you will need a DI box.