Microphone cables tend
to be those snakelike
things that you constantly trip over in a recording studio. Mic cables are pretty much one standard type
(actually two, but one of them is usually not an option if we're talking about
I'll be explaining a bit
about how to choose high quality microphone cables, as this is quite important
for the recorded sound quality.
A.k.a. 2 connector
cables. These are cables that are most commonly used with consumer audio
equipment. They are also used in recording studios, but sparingly (like
connecting a guitar and amp). You will run a higher risk of hiss, hum and other
interference with unbalanced cables. These cable types include the RCA connectors.
Balanced XLR microphone
A.k.a. 3 connector
cables. These are shielded cables that provide a balanced signal. These are the
preferred mic cables in any recording studio. Because of their design
they have virtually no signal loss even in extremely long cables.
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This might be of great
importance or none at all, depending on the type of microphone you choose. If
you have a low cost mic that uses a 2 connector cable, you want to keep the
length of the cable as short as possible (shorter than 20 ft.). This is to
prevent any signal loss.
3 connector cables (XLR
shielded against electro-magnetic interference and can be quite long (several
hundred feet) without significant signal loss.
Mic cable recommendation
I would recommend the
Mogami Gold Studio
Microphone Cable. It's a little more expensive than the average cable,
but the high accuracy, low noise and flexibility weighs up for it.