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Multi-Pair Cable?

Discussion in 'Accessories & Connections' started by Doublehelix, Sep 29, 2003.

  1. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Distinguished Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    I am getting really tired of having 50 million cables running all over my studio...

    But since this is a home project studio, I do not have any permanently installed cabling, although I am considering it as an option.

    Right now, what I would like to do is to build a small 8-channel snake for the drum kit to run from one end of my studio to my recording desk (about 27 feet). I would then have just a single large-diameter cable stretched across the length of the room.

    Mogami makes some pretty good looking oxygen-free multipair cable that I can get for about US$2.20 a foot (8 channel). I am guessing that it is most likely 28 gauge wire.

    Am I going to lose signal quality by going with this multi-pair cable rather then the nice high-quality cables that I so pain-stakenly soldered?

    There has to be a better way then to have this spaghetti mess that everyone is tripping over.

    I am also making a headphone snake, but I am not as concerned about that...

    Comments? Thanks!!!
  2. quartermoonpro

    quartermoonpro Active Member

    Jul 29, 2003
    You shouldn't loose any signal quality. Most major studios are wired this way (with a snake) and the multipair stuff is usually 24 or 25 gauge. I like the Belden stuff, but Mogami is fine as well. All the wiring I've ever done for runs is multipair. I've wired the last 2 studios I've ran and worked in. Just be prepared to get that soldering iron hot and spending some quality time with it. ;-)
    On other thing you should do, after all your wiring is done, is to get a multitester and check to make sure that you did wire everything correctly and that there isn't any crosstalk between wires.


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