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3. Re: cable question

Subject: 3. Re: cable question
From: "Richard L. Hess" richardlhess
Date: Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:08 am ((PST))
At 10:45 AM 2008-11-17, escalation746 wrote:
>This is exactly the cable info I've been looking for. But has anyone
>made it the following way?
>1. XLR 3-pin female on the mic end (x2)
>2. about 20cm of mono balanced cable for each mic, enough to handle
>different mic positions
>3. this terminating in stereo balanced cable, long enough for a short
>run setup only (2m maybe)
>4. female 5-pin to 2x 3-pin male break-out for recorder end
>This doesn't need a break-out on the mic side, minimising setup and
>weight. It is adaptable to different runs by adding a length of
>"standard" stereo balanced cable with 5-pin XLR.

Hello, Robin,

I've been thinking about this, too. Coming from years of broadcast 
system design/installation, I would think that it might be easier to 
construct in small quantities as follows:

(1) XLR 3-pin Female X2 to XLR 5-pin male
(2) XLR 5-pin Female to XLR 3-pin male X2

In this way, you don't need a "splice" at the "Y" and the overall 
length of (1) and (2) would be your "short-setup" length. Perhaps 
making each unit 1 metre would provide a 2 metre short-setup 
capability. Then add 5-pin XLR M/F extensions to taste in the middle.

I would think that Canare or Mogami would make the right cable, but 
you do want two individually shielded pairs. If you can find two 
individually JACKETED shielded pair cables, then you could make items 
(1) and (2) out of that and slit back the outer jacket, avoiding any 
splices or complexity. I don't like that because the most-used pieces 
end up being more fragile.

I like Belden 8413 as a miniature mic cable for mono. It's quite 
robust and offers 100% shielding (or did the last time I looked).

I've been planning on doing this with a Belden installation cable 
(8723?) as it's thin and easier to tape down in churches, etc, but 
it's not a good field cable as it doesn't lie really flat.



Richard L. Hess                   
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
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