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Difference in Blue (Green and Red) Mic cables

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by iamfrobs, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. iamfrobs

    iamfrobs Guest

    Well RO,
    while I was cruising the web tonight, in addition to cringing at the piracy thread, I came across three different kinds of Blue microphone cables, which ironically are also red and green. I was just curious as to what the difference is, since I need to spend some Christmas money burning a hole in my pocket.
  2. Greener

    Greener Guest

    They are different weights and types of wire. If you can tell the difference you're doing well. :p

    Some of the BS Blue writes about the cables is classic. :p

    Kiwi - Or green.
    These distinctive microphone cables are built to Blue's rigid specifications and offer the recordist and performer a signal path of outstanding sonic quality and high durability. Although recommended for the entire award-winning Blue microphone line, these cables will enlighten the performance of any studio or live performance microphone.
    The Kiwi cable is a star-quad design, using a quartet of 22awg inner cores, connected in opposite pairs to effect a much better level of electromagnetic interference rejection - especially from nearby sources. The overall screen is the familiar 95 percent coverage tinned-copper braid, and gold plated XLRs are once again used to terminate the cable.

    Cranberry - or red
    20-AWG cable that highlights the rich lows and silky presence of the mic - extended low and high frequency response. Recommended for use with the Dragonfly and Mouse mics.

    And the Blueberry- Yes, it's blue.
    22-AWG high-fidelity cable highlights the neutral presence of a mic, with an extended high end frequency response. Recommended for use with the Ball, 8-Ball, Baby Bottle, Bluebird and Blueberry mics.
  3. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Look at the specs for capacitance values. This cable is itself acts as an RC filter (low pass filter) the higher the cap value the more slewing of the audio signal.

    The resistence value of cable is often linked to the AWG and stranding.

    But as Greener says, in this case it won't matter much. Unless of course your an audiofile who can hear a single electron.
  4. iamfrobs

    iamfrobs Guest

    Very good info, thanks Link. I was just looking for good quality stuff. Although the electron has nothing on the quark. You ever heard a quark out of phase? It's horrible
  5. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    I have different colored cables to help me track the things down from one end to the other. If it starts out red and ends up blue, it's the wrong cable
  6. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    I like to create a fashion statement in my recording. So my decisions are based purely upon color. It's hard to find pink cables for female barbershop quartet. It just never sounds right with white or red cables.

    Orchestral is always black-tie
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  7. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Space, why buy different coloured cables? Then any idiot can tell what is what. Get yourself a pair of ultravision goggles and get different shades of black.

    Really though I use coloured electrical tape on the connectors.
  8. StephenMC

    StephenMC Member

    Well. My cables and I are friends. I know them all by name. And we get drunk and cry together.
  9. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    As well. On the many shades of black and especially on the midi cables going into the midi patchbay to and from multiple boxes, I had to make a schematic of the color coded tape.

    And that is why I had to get color coded cables :)
  10. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Well I run a helluva lot less cables...

    About 17 in total and 5 are irrelevant/damn obvious considering 2 are marked Aux1/2 and one is marked "loop".

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