How to Convert an RCA to an Audio Jack

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Converting an RCA to an audio jack is something that you can easily do with a piece of equipment called an adapter. Convert an RCA to an audio jack with help from a graduate of Full Sail University in Recording Arts in this free video clip.

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Hey, everybody, Joe Liptock audio engineer here. Today, I'm going to be discussing how to take an RCA plug and turn it into an audio plug. In this case this is a quarter inch tip sleeve plug. Now to do this process you're going to need a few things. You're going to need a soldering iron, your two plugs that you want to use, you're also going to need cable. In this instance you're going to need unbalanced cable. You can used balanced cable but you're going to at least need a ground connection and one conductor. So let's get started. OK. The first thing that you want to do is strip your cable. This will show the cable's insides like cable insulation, your conductors, your ground connection. The next thing you want to do is twist the ground frays so that they make one solid ground wire. Next cut the cable insulation off and then you're going to want to strip the conductor wire so that there's about an eighth inch of copper showing. OK. You want to tin the ground and conductor wire. Now what this means is you're going to want to heat up the wire enough so that you can melt solder on to it and well basically make it look like it's tinned. This will help it make a solid connection to the plugs that you're going to solder it to. The next thing you want to do is unscrew the plugs housing and slide the housings on to the cable. Place the wires into the plugs in their correct orientation. The conductors will go on to the tip terminal while the ground will go on to the ground terminal. Cut excess wire if you have to. Once you have that ready you are ready to solder the cable. Go ahead and solder the cable. After that slide the housings on to the plugs and do a test with a digital multimeter. If your continuity matches you have successfully made an RCA to quarter inch unbalanced cable. Congratulations. So that's just one example. In this case, again I've used the quarter inch unbalanced plug but you can use another unbalanced plug. For example and unbalanced 3.5 millimeter plug. Anyway, my name's Joe Liptock. I hope you enjoyed this video. Have a great day, guys.

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