You are here

Mic Cable recommendations

All about the tools and techniques involved in capturing sound, in the studio or on location.

Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby Wonks » Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:24 pm

Arpangel wrote:
Exalted Wombat wrote:
Hugh Robjohns wrote:... especially in an unbalanced interconnect.

'Interconnect' is a perfectly good word with a perfectly good meaning. But it's been so hi-jacked by the audiophool community that it makes me flinch whenever I hear it!

Which flings (brings?) me neatly to my belief that black Klotz sounds better than green.....

:D

The pigments used in the outer sheath can have a significant effect on the overall cable capacitance. Maybe not noticeable for short lengths of balanced cables, but the effect can be noticeable for guitar leads, especially for longer ones.
User avatar
Wonks
Jedi Poster
Posts: 9450
Joined: Thu May 29, 2003 12:00 am
Location: Reading, UK
Correcting mistakes on the internet since 1853

Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby innerchord » Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:37 pm

Wonks wrote:
Arpangel wrote:
Exalted Wombat wrote:
Hugh Robjohns wrote:... especially in an unbalanced interconnect.

'Interconnect' is a perfectly good word with a perfectly good meaning. But it's been so hi-jacked by the audiophool community that it makes me flinch whenever I hear it!

Which flings (brings?) me neatly to my belief that black Klotz sounds better than green.....

:D

The pigments used in the outer sheath can have a significant effect on the overall cable capacitance. Maybe not noticeable for short lengths of balanced cables, but the effect can be noticeable for guitar leads, especially for longer ones.

One of my favourite cables is bright green. I have to paint it black to be able to use it on stage without it causing lighting problems!
innerchord
Poster
Posts: 39
Joined: Wed May 11, 2016 12:00 am
 

Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby Sam Spoons » Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:48 pm

I have a number of brightly coloured mic cables, very useful for identification but somebody once suggested that maybe they don't look as professional as plain black. :headbang:
User avatar
Sam Spoons
Jedi Poster
Posts: 10152
Joined: Thu Jan 23, 2003 1:00 am
Location: Manchester UK
Finally taking this recording lark seriously (and recording my Gypsy Jazz CD)........

Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby ConcertinaChap » Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:56 pm

Blow 'em, say I. Coloured not only makes it lot easier to remember what's connected to what it looks pretty too!

CC
User avatar
ConcertinaChap
Jedi Poster
Posts: 7579
Joined: Wed Jul 20, 2005 12:00 am
Location: Bradford on Avon
Making music: Eagle Alley, recording music: Mr Punch's Studio
If you want me I'll be down on Sound on Sound on Sound.

Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:04 pm

Split the difference! :-)

All my longer mic cables are black, but the XLRs have coloured collars or cable grips to aid Identification!
User avatar
Hugh Robjohns
Moderator
Posts: 24540
Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2003 12:00 am
Location: Worcestershire, UK
Technical Editor, Sound On Sound

Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby Dan LB » Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:24 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:Split the difference! :-)

All my longer mic cables are black, but the XLRs have coloured collars or cable grips to aid Identification!

+1

And you can go a step further and use black female XLRs which makes things a little less visually obtrusive for film / TV work.
User avatar
Dan LB
Frequent Poster
Posts: 1317
Joined: Sat Jan 28, 2006 1:00 am
Location: Wicklow, Ireland

Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby drashkum » Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:01 am

On neutrik connectors?
drashkum
New here
Posts: 9
Joined: Sat Sep 20, 2008 12:00 am

Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby Wonks » Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:11 am

Neutriks are certainly very good and most of my cables (mic and guitar) have neutrik connectors.
User avatar
Wonks
Jedi Poster
Posts: 9450
Joined: Thu May 29, 2003 12:00 am
Location: Reading, UK
Correcting mistakes on the internet since 1853

Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby Aural Reject » Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:15 am

Dan LB wrote:
Hugh Robjohns wrote:Split the difference! :-)

All my longer mic cables are black, but the XLRs have coloured collars or cable grips to aid Identification!

+1

And you can go a step further and use black female XLRs which makes things a little less visually obtrusive for film / TV work.

Yep....along with all sorts of various things like modular systems for, for example, stereo and 4 mic arrays that minimise visual cable runs...all wondrous things to fund from the money pit :bouncy:
User avatar
Aural Reject
Frequent Poster
Posts: 906
Joined: Fri May 02, 2003 12:00 am
Location: Lancashire born, living in Yorkshire :s

Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby shufflebeat » Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:25 am

Hugh Robjohns wrote: Out-of-band interference can very easily cause in-band side-effects!

H

Sounds like the drummer's been up to his old tricks again.
shufflebeat
Jedi Poster
Posts: 4011
Joined: Sun Dec 09, 2007 1:00 am
Location: Manchester, UK
Apple Watch - the slowest of all the nature programmes.

Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby Wonks » Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:01 am

shufflebeat wrote:
Hugh Robjohns wrote: Out-of-band interference can very easily cause in-band side-effects!

H

Sounds like the drummer's been up to his old tricks again.
:D
User avatar
Wonks
Jedi Poster
Posts: 9450
Joined: Thu May 29, 2003 12:00 am
Location: Reading, UK
Correcting mistakes on the internet since 1853

Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby James Lehmann » Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:13 pm

I roll my own cables and over the years I've used drums of Sommer, Belden and Klotz (single and multicore) all of which I've found to be easy to work with and adequate for my needs.

In terms of total cost for your build, the actual cable you use is going to be small beans compared to the cost of the connectors. All Neutrik parts seem to have increased markedly in the last 20 years - I shudder to think what a full set of lines for, say, a 24-channel mixer & patchbay will set you back these days. :shock:
James Lehmann
Regular
Posts: 355
Joined: Tue May 17, 2005 12:00 am
Location: Europe
I used to be a rocker, but now I've gone off it and just sit in one. (JL)

Previous

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users