Cable Questions - diyAudio
Go Back   Home > Forums > Source & Line > Analog Line Level

Analog Line Level Preamplifiers , Passive Pre-amps, Crossovers, etc.

Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 5th November 2012, 01:48 AM   #1
TehYoyo is offline TehYoyo  United States
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Default Cable Questions

Hey everyone. I'm in now way an audio pro. In fact, I'm an audio noob.

But, I'm making my own microphone (3-pin XLR) and instrument cables (6.3mm TRS - repairing for church) and so I'd at least like to do a good job.

To the question:

What type of cable do standard 3-pin XLR cables use? 22 gauge? I've searched a generic "microphone cable bulk" online, but no specs come up. Also, there seems to be a lot of variation in structure - what's a good balance between cheap? I know that you need something like a sheath to stop interference, and the more insulation the better (generally), but after that... uh.... like this page. What do the drawings mean? What should I use?

Also, same questions for instrument cables. Is it the same cable for both?

Finally, can you recommend a place where I can get wire, by the foot (preferably - after that, 100ft. spools would be next up, I suppose), and pretty cheap? We're/I'm not looking for super high-quality. Just that they won't break and can take a battering.

Thanks for tolerating me
TehYoyo
  Reply With Quote
Old 5th November 2012, 01:53 AM   #2
Pano is offline Pano  United States
diyAudio Moderator
 
Pano's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Kona, Hawaii
Blog Entries: 4
Welcome to the forum.

If you are in the USA, then you can get bulk mic cable from places like Parts Express, MCM, Markertek, etc at decent prices.
  Reply With Quote
Old 5th November 2012, 03:07 AM   #3
TehYoyo is offline TehYoyo  United States
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Thanks.

Anything...about my other questions?
  Reply With Quote
Old 5th November 2012, 03:31 AM   #4
diyAudio Member
 
Chris Hornbeck's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Little Rock
You can use the same cable for micophones and instruments, and you want a cable made for the purpose. It has to survive a lot of movement and flexing and has to do it quietly. Get some decent ends while you're shopping, with a good strain relief. In the US, Markertek is the big dog, and will even make them for you if you want.

All good fortune,
Chris
  Reply With Quote
Old 5th November 2012, 11:50 AM   #5
AndrewT is online now AndrewT  Scotland
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Scottish Borders
microphone cable.

the better ones have less handling noise.
Look for a 4 core star quad with a screen. The screen can be just foil or just lapped wires or dual lapped wire or crisscross wire or a combination of foil and wire.

These are also available ready plugged in a wide variety of lengths. The PRO market are generally good value, quite different from the Hi-Fi market.
__________________
regards Andrew T.
  Reply With Quote
Old 5th November 2012, 01:30 PM   #6
TehYoyo is offline TehYoyo  United States
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Thanks everyone. I think I'll get the Canare 4 core star cable. Pretty cheap (50 cents a foot) and I've read good reviews on other websites.

What's the difference between mini cable and normal cable?
  Reply With Quote
Old 5th November 2012, 06:35 PM   #7
diyAudio Member
 
Chris Hornbeck's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Little Rock
Quote:
Originally Posted by TehYoyo View Post
Thanks everyone. I think I'll get the Canare 4 core star cable. Pretty cheap (50 cents a foot) and I've read good reviews on other websites.

What's the difference between mini cable and normal cable?
That's an excellent choice. Mini cable is smaller diameter, but I'd lean towards the standard size for stage use. It gets a hard life.

All good fortune,
Chris
  Reply With Quote
Old 5th November 2012, 11:06 PM   #8
TehYoyo is offline TehYoyo  United States
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Thanks mate.
  Reply With Quote

Reply


Hide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
BNC Cable Questions noobBasket Equipment & Tools 9 27th June 2011 07:09 AM
Questions about making Cat5 speaker cable wixy Everything Else 1 10th March 2007 07:57 AM
Newbie AES snake cable questions Gerard Marino Digital Source 8 30th December 2005 04:49 PM
MC phono cable questions (Long) phn Analogue Source 6 26th December 2004 07:22 PM


New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 10:42 AM.


vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999-2014 diyAudio

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2