Helicon made stupid design decision on the Perfrom-VK. And it will cost consumers ~$100 to make it right.
Helicon changed the output from mike-level XLR male, on the Perform V, to TRS line-level connectors on the Perform VK. Line-level TRS is fine for stereo connections to a recording mix board but TERRIBLE for "performance" live gigs, where we all use XLR mike-level connections to house PA systems! Many House PA systems dont have a Pad to reduce from line-level to mike-level.
Helicon, what were you thinking??? Now we performers need to buy a ~$100 DI Box, and hang it off the back of the Perform VK to get back to mike-level XLR. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
When i posed this question to John Satej in customer support he responded that "there's not enough room on the back for both XLR out and 1/4" connections. Not a valid answer. I suspect Helicon assumes there is more market for recording that for performance, and we performers got the shaft. (how ironic that the product is called "Perform VK" instead of "Record VK")
Reply here if you agree the Perform VK should be reworked to have a mike-level XLR output......
Well 2.5 years later, maybe this thread had an impact on Helicon's design of the Perform V series. They made the same mistake with "TRS Line-level connectors instead of XLR mike-level connectors" on the Perform-VE, but returned back to the "XLR mike-level connector" on the Perform VG.
Im still pushing for a "v2" of Perform-VK and Perform-VE, where they remove the TRS connectors and change the outputs to mike-level XLR connectors. Not holding my breath. Companies make design mistakes all the time, but rarely to they admit/correct it.
Until then Perform-VK and VE owners, you'll need a good quality DI Box to get a XLR output. ADD $100 TO YOUR COST for the VK and VE.