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I don't get how preamps work with snakes

I'm mostly a recording guy, but I do the odd live sound gig. I've done a couple now with analog snakes that split the signals to both the FOH booth, and the monitor console. But I don't get how those work, in terms of preamps to microphones? Are there are two gain knobs controlling two preamps to one mic? How is that possible? I am just a young rookie, so if any of you veterans can explain how this works I would really appreciate it.

Pax Caritas et lol,

Running snakes to a patchbay

I am in the process of building a studio in my good friends home. The studio is about 900sqft, it has a large live room, 2 iso booths and a large control room. The studio is being built to be as soundproof as possible, double wall construction, two layers of drywall with green glue, etc... The framing is pretty much complete but now I have reached the point of trying to figure out how to best run all of my signals to the control booth. I was considering running different snakes to each room that all end up at a patchbay in the control room.

Help! Groove Tubes 6TM Power Supply cable Pin out schematic/ ADAT Elco to 1/4" snaKes

I have an old Groove Tubes 6TM mic with the PS1 Vacuum tube power supply. The mic end looks like the Groove Tubes EC7 cable in that it has a 7-pin connector. The power supply end looks like an 9-pin ADAT sync connector almost like a vga computer display connector. I am in need of the pin out configuration so that I can build one or a source to purchase one. Also does anyone have any ADAT 56-pin Elco to 1/4" snakes. I am in need of at least 2 and as many as 4. No luck from ebay or the usual suspects.
Thank you


For audio purposes, snake refers to a type of cabling, where multiple lines are enclosed in a larger single shield. The most common use for a snake is for live sound, where microphone leads and monitor mixes are sent back and forth between the front of house mixer and the stage. Obviously it is easier to lay a single 16 or 24 channel snake than to lay each individual line. Snakes are also used in recording studios.

Digital Snakes

So what is the general opinion of these. Live concert only or do they have validity for studios and high quality acoustic (classical whatever) concerts? Several large name players have versions-Whirlwind, Pro-Co, Aphex etc and obviously they wouldn't build them if there was no demand. Cat6 sure weighs less than multicore.



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