Course 4: Audio Connectors, Connectivity & Audio Signal Flow

You will learn about audio connectors, connectivity, and audio signal flow and discover all of the different ways a single sound can be downgraded before reaching its final destination. Between a guitar strum and the studio monitor, that analog note goes into a mic, along a cable, turned into a digital wave, through a variety of studio equipment, along another cable, and turned back into an analog wave.

In this course, you will take a look at not only the path, or signal flow, that your audio signal takes, but also at the connections you will find in your typical studio. Understanding how things are integrated into your signal flow will help you understand how to implement various popular techniques for manipulating both digital and analog audio signals.

There are two, three, and multi-pin conductor connections specifically made for different analog sounds, analog and digital cables of varying quality, and patch bays that bring in all of these different connectors. To the outside world, it may look like complete chaos, but you’ll learn the serenity of it all in this course.

You’re really starting to learn how earlier courses are informing later courses, one building on the other to give you a solid knowledge foundation. Now you’ll start putting it to good use. As always, study your course reviews for the quiz, make a blog entry, and make the time to do the optional extra work at home or in the studio when you can.


  • Connectors
  • Analog Signals & Voltage
  • Analog Cables & Connectors
  • Digital Cables & Protocols
  • Patch Bays
  • Chapter Quiz
  • Blog Entry