What audio cable do I need to connect my keyboard to an audio interface?

Multi colored 1/4" jack patch leads pluggin into synthesizer

The cable you need to connect your keyboard to an audio interface, mixer or DI Box will depend on the output connections on your keyboard. Most keyboards will have two mono unbalanced (TS) 1/4″ jack outputs. Some keyboards may have XLR outputs or balanced (TRS) outputs.

If your keyboard has an unbalanced 1/4″ jack output, you will need to use a mono 1/4″ jack instrument cable. (Or 6.35mm in the metric system).

Here’s a couple of our recommendations below;

KabelDirekt Instrument cables

KabelDirekt – 6.3mm, 1/4inch headphone jack lead cable, instrument cable, guitar lead – 10ft (mono audio cable with jack plugs for electric/bass guitars, keyboards/synthesizers, connects amps, black)

The KabelDirekt instrument cable range offers one of the best value options on Amazon for a mono instrument cable. They are well made and built to withstand heavy use for live gigging and great for studio use too.

They are available in 10ft, 15ft and 20ft lengths.

GLS Audio

GLS Audio Instrument Cable - Amp Cord for Bass & Electric Guitar - Straight to Right Angle 1/4 Inch Instrument Cable - Brown/Yellow Braided Tweed, 20ft

If you like a retro ‘tweed’ look then the GLS Audio cable is a thing of beauty. It comes in a 20ft length, so there is plenty of extra length if you’re performing on a big stage, or setting up in a studio space.

Cable Matters

Cable Matters Braided 2-Pack 1/4 Inch TS Right Angle Electric Guitar Cable 10 Feet - Straight to Right Angle Guitar Cord/Guitar Amp Cord/Instrument Cable for Guitar, Bass AMP, Mixer, Equalizer

Cable Matters have a handy 2 pack option which is great value for money too. Their cables are available in 3ft, 6ft, 10ft, 15ft and 25ft. Choose the size that suits your needs!

Tim Wells

Hi I’m Tim Wells – an experienced session and live drummer, mixing engineer and all-around lover of music! I’ve been passionate about music from a young age and I’ve had the great privilege of creating and performing music all around the world. I've had the incredible experience of touring as a live drummer through over 10 countries, performing in festivals, clubs, street corners, churches and cafes in front of audiences anywhere between 8 and 8,000! I've also spent time in the recording studio as a session drummer, but also as a recording and mixing engineer.

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