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9. Re: What is the best mic cable for nature recordings

Subject: 9. Re: What is the best mic cable for nature recordings
From: "Walter Knapp" waltknapp
Date: Wed Sep 26, 2007 10:04 am ((PDT))
Posted by: "Philip Tyler"
> The thinner version is OK but does not coil as nicely as the one I linked=
 to. I use the thinner one for short 'tails' to connect the mic in its shoc=
k mount and then tie that off on the handle then connect to the main cable.=
 That way you don't have the weight of cable pulling on the mic in its moun=
t and the thinner stuff seems ideal used in this way.
> It's still a good cable but I did not get on with it in long lengths due =
to it not being so easy to coil plus it does not feel as soft.

I would agree on the coiling of the thinner cable. I use it almost the
opposite, my long cables are the thinner cable to save weight and bulk.
It makes a big difference in long cables. You do want to have a suitable
"reel" to coil these cables on. I use large kite flyers donut string
reels. Lang uses extension cord carriers that I've seen in Lowes.

My Y connectors, being the inside cable of the star quad snake are even
thinner. But they are also very short. That tiny a cable would be a
problem used in long lengths. It's also a very thin jacket on those as
they were designed for a inner cable. Of course the fabric braid changes
the feel on those.

As far as feel, Canare uses the same covering material with the same
matte treatment on both sizes. I would not say the surface feel is
actually different. The different feel is probably related to diameter
and weight.


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