5 Pro Audio Cables Every Musician Needs
Seismic Audio Speakers has one of the largest selection of audio cables around. We have all the cables you need to power up your PA System, and then some. If you are just starting out and have no clue where to begin when it comes to audio cables, learn about the top 5 audio cables right here. This should cover the basics so you can hook up your speakers and rock it out.
1. Speaker Cables
Well clearly, if you have PA Speakers that you want sound to come out of, you're gonna need some speaker cables. It's pretty simple, but there are many types of speaker cables to choose from. Speaker cables come in many lengths so you can play at any size venue. It's a good idea to have several speaker cable lengths on hand, just to ensure you can properly set up your stage. Speaker cables also come with a variety of connection options. There are speakon cables, 1/4" cables, XLR cables and many more. If you are unsure of what you need, just look at your speakers. It will say what type of connections they have. See, that was a lot easier than you thought.
2. Instrument Cables
Bands will definitely need some instrument cables if you'll be playing live music rather than recordings. Just like speaker cables, instrument cables come in many lengths so you can cover the entire stage. Make sure you have several cord lengths on hand when you are touring. Again, you'll also need to check the connections of your instrument and the speaker you'll be hooking it up to. This will allow you to choose the proper connections on your instrument cables. And of course, of you have a guitar, make sure you buy guitar cables and not keyboard cables.
3. Microphone Cables
Whether you will be singing, or just doing some shout outs to the audience from your DJ booth, microphone cables are essential. Ensure that you have enough microphone cables to accommodate the number of microphones in your band. We'd hate for someone's mic to be not working. Also check the connection points on both the microphone and the speaker to ensure you choose the proper cable connectors. You can modify any existing cables you may have by purchasing cable connectors and switching them out. Next, make sure you buy a microphone cable with enough cord that the singers can cover the entire stage without ripping the cord from the speaker. That would be really bad.
4. Snake Cables
Snake cables are a great audio cable for larger PA systems setups. Snake cables can house many microphone cables and offer a one stop plug in shop, so you won't have as many cords being hooked up. You can get snake cable boxes with 8 to 32 channels to accommodate any audio system. While snake cables are not required for every pa system, it can be a helpful tool to help you set up and break down your gear quickly, and with a lot less work if you have a larger system. Snake cables are available with and without the box, and in splitter snake cable varieties.
5. Patch Cables
Patch cables are a must for any PA system. Patch cables come in fun colors, different cord lengths, and with endless combination of connectors. These options allow you to configure and reconfigure your PA System to accommodate different staging needs, or to change up your formation on stage. Patch cables are used to hook up mics, connecting instruments, adding amps and loudspeakers and more. These cables are also good to have on hand, in case your normal cables are not functioning, or if they become broken as you rock the encore. So grab some patch cables, you'll use them - trust us.