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XLR Guide – The Best Microphone Cables For Recording

If you look at history you can notice that the world in the last 200 years is spinning with great technological pace. Cultures are expanding, globalisation is ruling the world, nothing happens without the sound of music.

When my grandfather was born in 1926, the radio and light bolt were the only electrical devices that were part of the household, and the potential of electricity wasn’t used to its maximum. To be frank, I cannot imagine the world today, without the sound of music. Great singers, great musicians, artists, great songs, guitarist, drummers etc. create the sound of rock and roll that feeds my soul. It was in my teen years were I was sitting in my room, listening to Led Zeppelin and getting myself hyped with life. Watching Freddy Mercury on the telly moving around with the mic around got me interested in the science of music equipment.

Audio engineers today, with all the tech developed still have the problem of audio pollution. Light dimmers, Wi-Fi etc can all affect the audio sound and cause unwanted noise in the audio. The sound that travels from the mic through the cable and the receiver can be corrected by owning the best microphone cables for recording and performing.

Why Do You Need The Best Microphone Cables? What’s The Big Deal?

Connect a mic on one end and plug into the other and get the right sound, seems simple yes? Well, expect the cheap cable that you just got from the dollar store to provide your mic equipment so you would start recording. You hear the sound and it probably sucks. Afterwards, you go to the local music store and buy the best audio cables for recording and the sound is perfect. The question now is did you spend your money right?

Although mic cables sometimes are annoying, usually, informing yourself helps you to make the right decision when you decide to purchase good microphone cables. In most cases, manufacturers rely on marketing the merchandise rather than the top facts about its features. The most common features of microphone cables are low noise, gold-plated contacts, but they do not explain. With bad marketing management, manufacturers, misuses facts that confuse the average consumer. The best studio mic cables consist of three main parts: shielding ( protecting the information passing through the cable), conductors (made from wires and cores) and XLR (three prolonged connectors). They need to be all in working condition so you get flawless sound quality to your blasters.

So, how does the noise jam happens? Mics usually operate at very low volts, with the output needing a bigger quantity of amplification to be applied before the signal be conveyed to its audio system, at line degree. When the signal hits the preamp, any sound that penetrated the cable becomes amplified to a great degree alongside the main signal. Using the best balancing cable can help you resolve this problem.

After going through the fundamental operation of a balanced cable, now lets explain each part individually. The shield is the most important part in the XLR cable. But lets start from the beginning, the conductor. It is made from copper because it has the best electrical conductivity of all non-precious metals. With the main function being to transport the signal, copper is one of a kind that combines pliability with great strength. Resistant to corrosion the copper wire is easy to solder, giving you dependable connections.

Audio cables usually use a stranded conductor in spite of a solid cable. While it is cheaper to produce, a solid conductor is more severe and sensitive to breaking when flexed. Like I said before, to have a balanced cable you need to have at least two conductors. Generally, the cores differ in density between 26 to 20 AWG, with the lower value being thicker in width. If you buy the more expensive version, the four-core, being perfect for a noisy situation or when the cable is stretched over a great distance, the can provide at least 20 dB or more noise reduction compared with the two core cables.

Nevertheless, to be effective, the four cores must be wounded tight around between themselves to get the maximum noise cancellation you can get. Regarding the shield, this is where the cable will succeed or fail. You can put all the copper you want, but if the signal transit is in any way compromised, then it is really useless. The shielding separates the two (or four) cores from each other, isolates them and if not meddled they can give you smooth and free sound.I have given you the basics for how to find the

I have given you the basics for how to find the best mic cables on the market. See how it is made and read in the description of the product. Buying the best means spending an extra dollar, but it is all up to you if you are a professional musician or amateur.