making your own patch cables?

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by Bhennies, May 31, 2004.

  1. Bhennies

    Bhennies Guest

    Hi all...I've heard several people talk about making their own patch cables. I have a set that I purchased from the store, and didn't really think twice about them until today. My entire rack is wired with nice cabling (Monster) except for the patch cables- so what is the cheapest way to go about upgrading without spending big $$$? Thanks!

    p.s. my recordings sound fine now, but your signal path is only as good as its weakest link (or so I'm told).
  2. TPOR

    TPOR Guest

    not sure what you mean.

    do you mean you want a guide on how to actually solder the connectors to the cable?
    or do you just want resources for cables and the parts you will need?

    i think the most expensive way to go is to get som good high quality connectors like neutrik, and some good cable, like mogami.

    the connectors arent to cheap, but if your just after a few, it shouldnt be a problem.

    hope that helps!
  3. Bhennies

    Bhennies Guest

    sorry, I should have been more specific. I guess I'm askign both Q's- how do you physically make the cables (I know how to solder) and also what parts do you recommend for a good patch? Where can I buy them as well? Thanks!
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    check lots of connectors and raw cable as well as high quality pre fab cables.

    Many of the commerciallly available cabes like Hosa use high qualty wire in their manufacture and are really pretty good . You say your mixes "sound fine now" so why fix it if it ain't broke?

    If you have any 1/2 normal connections in your patch bay, try an a/b test ... route the send through a cable and plug and unplug it at the 1/2 normal connection return and listen for any differences ... If you cannot hear any difference, (I doubt you will) then the question is moot..

    Kurt Foster
  5. Bhennies

    Bhennies Guest

    Thanks Kurt, that's a good thing to hear. Less money for me to spend. I'll test it out.
  6. TPOR

    TPOR Guest

    what about starquad v/s non starquad for patch cables. is it overkill?

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