After taking the time to buy a decent microphone, it's important to select a high-quality microphone cable to go with it. Without a microphone cable, or mic cable, it's impossible to get the most out of a microphone. Several factors should be taken into consideration when shopping for a microphone cable to ensure the best sound quality.
What is a Microphone Cable?
The primary purpose of a microphone cable is to move electrical signals from one component to another without compromising sound quality. The best mic cables keep noise to an absolute minimum. Cables that offer virtually noise-free operation tend to be very expensive, but most people don't need cables that are quite that high in quality.
Mic cables are used in a variety of scenarios. Although they are commonly used for live performances, they are used in recording studios and other situations as well.
A microphone cable can be used as a direct input connection, or DI connection, between a mixing console and an amp. Some versions can be used with AES/EBU digital outputs, which is why they are often found in recording studios. They can also be used as patch cables between powered speakers and mixing boards.
As tempting as it may be to buy the cheapest mic cable available, doing so is a good way to end up with inferior sound. With a low-quality microphone cable, a singer's voice won't be as clear, and the overall quality of the music can be negatively impacted.
Microphone Cable Connectors
The wires that snake through a microphone cable are important, but the hardware that connects the cable to the microphone and to other components is critical too. Therefore, the connectors need to be taken into consideration. Many options are available, and it pays to buy the best ones possible.
The primary advantage of gold-plated connectors on a mic cable is that they dramatically reduce resistance, which results in clearer sound quality. However, gold-plated connectors don't handle wear and tear well. As a result, they really aren't suitable if they are going to be plugged in and unplugged regularly or moved around frequently.
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I want to set up a camera and microphone to record a noisy neighbor who has been deliberately slamming his door in my apartment building. Camera and microphone will be mounted somewhere just outside my door. If cables are required, they'd have to be thin enough to fit between a door and a doorframe, very snug space.
The neighbor is maybe 12 feet away from my door, the hall is reasonably well-lit. Ideal situation would be to record it all with a time and date stamp, on my computer.
However, I'd like to do it all (mike, camera, software) for no more than $100. Links?