New Gear/ Toy Reviews: Switchcraft AudioFix 303 Inline XLR

The Switchcraft's AudioFix™ 303 Inline XLR Audio Controlled Connector is an inline connector that instantly solves problems in the studio, live sound, or installed sound systems.

The 303 starts with a nickel-plated metal design with durable Switchcraft male and female XLR connectors at each end ready to be inserted into balance audio lines. A fully passive device, there are three useful audio processing functions available on the 303 that can be used individually or in any combination.

Other specifications are: The three, rugged slide switches surrounding the female XLR connector end of the 303 switch in or out: a high quality -20db attenuator pad, ground lift that "floats" pin 1 on the XLR from the connector's metal case, and a polarity switch that "flips" pin 2 with pin 3 on the XLRs. This product measures 2.87 L X 1.03 W X 1.227 H-inches and is RoHs compliant.

Other specifications are:
Pad on output impedance on male side: 167Ω with 150Ω source.
Pad ON imput impedance on female side: 1,657Ω with 1kΩ load.
Switches rating: 100-volts, 1A (switching)

A super handy gadget to have one or more in your kit, the Switchcraft AudioFix 303 sells for $49.95 MSRP.

Check: www.switchcraft.com/Product.aspx?ID=8853.

Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com