Type and Usage of Important Studio Cables. A short slide show by : Bivash Rath
Hello everyone!! In the following slides we are going to take a look at one of the most important components of a musical setup… the wires and cables.Wires and cable can be considered the veins of the musical setup which carry the sound in the form of voltage variations
Cables or Wires…• Cables are one of the most essential parts of any musical performance or recording.• Cables help carry the input signal from mic, instrument or any other device and deliver the output signal to the monitors/speakers/amp.• They can be considered to be the transport pathway of sound signals• We take a look at some important cables in the next slide…
• Now let us have a more detailed look into each of the wires which we mostly come across or use in recording or playing…
TS/Quarter inch/Instrument Cable• TS – Tip , Sleeve• 1/4inch or 6.35mm jack SLEEVE TIP• The tip carries the sound and the sleeve shields it from disturbances.
• Used to take input from guitars, bass guitars and other electronic instruments and deliver output.• Likely to carry noise, so a shorter TS cable is advisable.• Instead of using a long quarter inch cable, using a DI box is highly recommended
¼ inch TRS Cable • These cables are similar to TS cables but TRS is balanced as opposed to TS. • These cables are better shielded against noise than TS cables.
• A TRS can be visualized as two TS cables rolled into one, so it cuts off noise to a greater extent.• It is usually seen on studio headphones TRS v/s TS
XLR CABLE• It has two ends, the male and female end.• The male end goes with the mic and the female end to the output device or interface.
• This is a balanced cable and is highly preferable as it cuts out noise to a huge extent.• Can be used over long distances without thinking of introducing noise.
1/8th inch or 3.5mm cable• One of the most common jacks, is the common audio jack on laptops, mobile devices, etc.• Similar to quarter inch cables in functionality . Stereo Jack Mono Jack
RCA CABLES• RCA – Radio Corporation America, named so as they introduced these cables in 1940s.• Found in many consumer appliances like 2.1 sound system, etc.• Produces a buzz sound while inserting the male pin into the female pin which may damage the euippment
• Yellow - Video signal• Red and white – Audio Signal(L & R)
Some things to remember about cables…• Never compromise on quality of wires, always go for good quality stuff.Good cables go a long way in providing a good sound.• Using a long TS cable should be avoided as far as possible. Instead a DI box or a balanced cable(XLR,etc) should be used for longer distances .
Hope all of you got the essence of this slideshow… Thank you!! (Feedbacks are most welcome)