snake question..

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by JohnnyCache, Jul 16, 2007.

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  1. JohnnyCache

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    hey..
    im about to get a new mixer with [finally] the ability to properly mic a drum kit.. only problem is, the drum booth is not very close to the control room.. [30' - 35' away]

    i need to pick up a snake so that i dont have to lay down 4-7 xlr cables to mic the drums..

    many have recommended HOSA as a good quality affordable snake, but theyre longest snake [xlr to xlr] is 23'

    Are there any quality issues i need to know about if i get two of them and connect them together?

    thanks for the info!
     
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

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    You're talking about a fixed installation with the cables routed through ducts in the walls, right? Don't use a stage snake, especially one that is too short so you have to join it, and if you were to go that route, I think I would use a make other than Hosa.

    For a fixed installation, you would do better to get a wall-mounted studio box and run individual cables back to the control room. That way you get the length right and also could include a couple of returns for headphones without worrying about crosstalk and breakthrough.
     
  3. Link555

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    I have a simular problem. I found a fellow on ebay selling cheaper snakes. THe connectors are not neutrik, and I am sure the cable is not the highest quality, but I am sure your electrons will still get through.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/8-Channel-50-Foot-XLR-SEND-SUB-SNAKE-CABLE-New-8x50_W0QQitemZ110147733425QQihZ001QQcategoryZ41461QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem
     
  4. JohnnyCache

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    unfortunatly im renting the apt the studio is in.. so i cant do permament..

    but i did notice sweetwater selling 50' xlr snakes made by ProCo.. are they any good?
     
  5. Link555

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    define good? Don't tell me your looking for low oxgen copper wire .....
     
  6. BobRogers

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    My experience is that Hosa means molded unrepairable plugs. Proco has better plugs with soldering I can inspect and repair if necessary. If you have the money, a custom snake is not really that much more than a prefab, but it seems like you probably need a 50' 8 channel XLR which is very standard.
     
  7. JohnnyCache

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    Bob- you recommend any brand for the standard 50'?
     
  8. TVPostSound

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    These people have a great reputation, hand made cables, and low prices.

    I had at least 3 road managers recommend them.
    So I decide to try them out, I bought 2 50ft MIDI cables, they were under $50 each, star-quad, with metal connectors, all 5 pins sonnected, hand soldered.
    Check them out. No I dont work for them!!!
     
  9. JohnnyCache

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    who does?
     
  10. TVPostSound

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    Sorry my link didnt stick.

    http://www.best-tronics.com/guitar-cable/index.aspx
     
  11. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

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    wow look at marketing in action.....
     
  12. JohnnyCache

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    i guess ill go with proco
     
  13. TVPostSound

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    That's not fair, if you had major clients doing business with you, you would flaunt it too.
    My TV/Film credits get me my work, thats also marketing. :cool:
     

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