Just starting your pro audio studio? Multicore cables suppliers bring this article to make you learn a few things about the cables used with PA speakers, microphones, and other pro gear. There are some significant differences between home audio cables and those applied in systems for live sound and recording. In this guide, they are discussing about commonly used pro audio cables including XLR cables, TRS patch cables, Speaker cables, instrument cables, and snake cables.
Each soft of connector includes a “male” and a “female” version. Don’t forget that the male version of the connector will include a pin or more pins that plug inside the holes on the female connector. It’s common for cables to have sorts of connectors at each end, depending on the gear requirements. For instance, a typical microphone cable includes an XLR female connector at one end and a TRS male connector or XLR male connector on the other end.
You can buy the connector according to the need of your gear.
XLR connectors are intended for use in pro audio applications. The most common variation has a locking tab and 3-pins, which mean you cannot accidently unplug it. XLR connectors are applied in MIC cables and other applications.
TRS means “Tip, Ring, Sleeve” and it describes the configuration that connector is having. This is one of the common types of pro audio patch cords that don’t have to be a specific size. However, ¼” jack size is widely used by users for their pro audio applications.
TS is the instrumental cable, which is used for connecting instruments to amplifiers.
Speakon connectors are designed for speaker cables. The twist and lock mechanism of the speakon connectors ensures great connection that you cannot unplug accidentally.
Snake cable includes a pre-assembled cables bundle that is used to connect a mixing board to a variety of mics used on a stage.
What you need to look for?
For connectors, you need to note down the types of connectors used on the equipment you need to connect.
For length, you need to check that cables are long enough to get from point A to point B. Make sure you know how to route the cables.
The cable construction should be robust. Even if you need to spend extra amount, do it and get quality cables.