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Subject: 2. Re: What is the best mic cable for nature recordings
From: "Michael Oates" msohooates
Date: Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:31 am ((PDT))
Phil and everyone else that has suggested microphone cable.

I have decided to go with Phil's choice. Partly due to it being more easily
available than some other cables mentioned, but also because if it's good
enough for the BBC, then who am I to argue.

I have some of both thickness on order. If I find it a pain to use two
cables, it's not a problem, I needed some more studio cable anyway.

Many thanks for your help,


>Hi Michael
>I use this stuff
>It is made to the BBC specification so it is what Canford supply to the Be=
eb. I have worked for the dear old auntie for the past 34 years and their s=
tarquad seems to cope with almost anything. This particular version has a t=
hicker 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 fi=
nd it particularly heavy. The outer sheath seems pretty durable and it seem=
s to stay flexible when it's cold. It coils nicely in the hand when deriggi=
ng 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 recordi=
>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 supplie=
>such as Canford? www.canford. it would be appreciated.
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