How to Make Your Own XLR Mic Cables September 03, 2011 19:28 12 Comments
- A 20' Monster P500M20 XLR Cable from Sweetwater costs $59.95.
- A higher quality DIY cable using Canare Quad Core and Neutrik XLR connectors costs less than $12.
That's almost $50 saved on one cable! Imagine how much you'll save over a lifetime simply by learning to solder your own cables.
Here are the components I recommend using:
- Cable: Canare L-4E6S Quad Mic Cable
- Canare's quad core cable uses two conductors for each audio signal (hot and cold) and a woven shield to reduce noise and improve flexibility. You can go with Mogami cable if you're inclined, but I've found the Canare to be excellent for half the price
- Available from Redco Audio
- Connectors: Neutrik X-Series (silver contacts)
- Neutrik has an extensive line of connectors, but I stick with the X-series because they're what I've used in the past and they haven't failed me yet (plus they're the cheapest). I opt for the silver contacts because, while the gold is resistant to corrosion, the gold plating tends to wear off after a few hundred plugs and unplugs anyway.
- Available from Redco, Mouser, and pretty much anywhere components are sold.