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Old 26th July 2005
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Off the top of my head the only two ways that I'd accept for mic patching are xlr's for individual patching and multipin for mass patching. Some of the problems with TT or other schemes are phantom contacting the wrong points on the patch as it is inserted and small contact area resulting in intermittant signal.
As far as ground lifting gear, if you follow good AC installation procedures (like keeping all audio on same breaker or at least on same leg of the 220 service) ground lifts on balanced, line level pro gear shouldn't be necessary in small installations.
When you record low level istruments like a direct on a bass guitar and it also is going to an amplifier....that's when you start learning about ground lifting.