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Re: What is the best mic cable for nature recordings

Subject: Re: What is the best mic cable for nature recordings
From: "Michael Oates" msohooates
Date: Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:28 am ((PDT))

Thank you for your recommendation. Have you used the thinner version of that 
cable the
"SQB" that is 4.7mm dia, I was wondering if that would be a good one for use 
with booms
both to reduce weight and mechanical noise?

Both are detailed on:



>Hi Michael
>I use this stuff
>It is made to the BBC specification so it is what Canford supply to the Beeb. 
>I have worked for the dear old auntie for the past 34 years and their starquad 
>seems to cope with almost anything. This particular version has a thicker more 
>flexible sheath and is very nice, good price too.
>I am an old-stick-in-the-mud and like to use two cables for stereo. I have 2 x 
>10 meter lengths of this which I carry around when needed and don't find it 
>particularly heavy. The outer sheath seems pretty durable and it seems to stay 
>flexible when it's cold. It coils nicely in the hand when derigging the mics 
>which is always good.
>Hope that helps you.
>----- Original Message ----
>From: Michael Oates <>
>Sent: Tuesday, 25 September, 2007 10:09:25 AM
>Subject: [Nature Recordists] What is the best mic cable for nature recordings
>What is the best mic cable for nature recordings, ideal qualities being:
>- flexible even in low temperatures
>- lightweight (got to carry it!)
>- hard wearing, (rocks and trees can take their toll)
>- capable of stereo transmission (prefrable to two seperate cables)
>- good RF rejection ? I don't know how important it is to use starquad
>when used outside. Any starquad is going be less flexable and greater
>weight, so is this needed?
>Canare starquad L-4E6S was mentioned in recent posts, but the spec doesn't
>seem anything special. And to be honest using it for stereo seems rather
>dodgy as each channel is not twisted together.
>So what do you recommend?
>I am in the UK, so perhaps if someone could recommend cable from a supplier
>such as Canford? www.canford. it would be appreciated.
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