I've been making my own leads for years and have gone through various makes and types of
connector and cable. I know where I am with connectors, I can see and feel and solder my
way to an understanding of what qualities I want, but in terms of the cable it's been
pretty haphazard and I just buy what there is in stock that I can afford at the time.
I've been looking at the Studiospares catalogue and to be honest all the mic cable
looks a bit samey to my amateur brain. Ignoring any sales spiel and avoiding snake-oil
babble, are there any general guidelines to offer to a home studio chap like myself?
What are the elements worth considering? I suppose flexibility and width are
obvious, but what about shielding, various capacitances, and core make-up? Does any of
that matter? Is there any worthwhile difference between Mic and (balanced) Line use?
I've read this
and this one as
and from what I gather, pretty much anything is OK for short domestic-use leads.
Please feel free to disillusion/educate/ridicule at leisure.