While understanding the differences between mic, instrument and speaker cables isn’t quite as seductive as checking out the features of a new effects pedal or electronic keyboard, these are essential links in the audio chain. Getting a grip on the basics and learning a couple of tried-and-true techniques from the pros will make sure you’re wired for sound.
First of all, let’s look at the basic set-up of a typical PA system. It will help you understand the various types of cables and how they differ. Just click on the cable type – microphone, instrument or speaker – for a quick overview.
Cords and Cables
The Over-Under Cable Wrap
Just about everyone agrees that the old-school “elbow-wrap” method spells death to cords and cables. Not only does it put stress on the metal strands inside, twisted cables are harder to set up and rewrap later on.
When everyone on your tech team uses this method, you’ll experience fewer cord and cable hassles – plus you’ll be extending the life of your gear.