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.
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The Over-Under Cable Wrap
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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.