All AFX Minis are compatible with standard guitar instrument cables. They also feature an innovative dual channel audio path that lets you create two independent effect chains with a single series of cables.

Simply connect several AFX Minis together with TRS “stereo” guitar cables and set the Audio Path switch on each pedal to “Tip” or “Ring.” Pedals set to “Tip” will create one effect chain while pedals set to “Ring” will create another effect chain.

TRS cables

AFX Pedals dual path signal flow diagram

AFX Minis allow you to choose the audio path on which a particular effect will be processed. You do this by flipping the Audio Path switch on the front of the pedal.

If you want to use standard instrument, guitar, and patch cables, be sure to set the Audio Path switch to Tip (mono).

Fishman AFX pedals connected with TRS cables

What is a TRS cable?

TRS simply means Tip-Ring-Sleeve. It refers to the three signal conductors that make up the 1/4 inch phone plug in this type of cable. These plugs and cables are sometimes referred to as “stereo” or “balanced.”

A common guitar cable is Tip-Sleeve, which is only two signal conductors; it carries one audio signal (Tip) and ground (Sleeve). TRS cables offer two separate audio signals (Tip and Ring) plus ground (Sleeve).

When stereo headphones use TRS, the Tip carries the Left channel audio, while the Ring carries the right channel. Microphone cables have long used 3 conductors to deliver balanced audio signals which offers the lowest noise performance in most situations.

AFX Mini pedals use the Tip and Ring to enable you to create two separate signal paths, reducing the number of patch cables needed to do so.