Mic cable recommendations for live sound. Reliable but not boutique priced. Think workhorse.

amstratnut

Peace thru Music.
Dec 1, 2009
22,068
My house.
Anyone got a lot of experience with a solid reasonably priced cable?

Hosa is everywhere but nobody ever recommends. Are they bad? Ive used their patch cables and they worked and didnt fail.

Pro co, whirlwind?

Other?
 

Butcher of Strats

Senior Stratmaster
Feb 28, 2022
3,131
Maine
I cannot say any name brand mic cable ever sucked, including the GC brand whatever that is but its the cheapest they sell.
Buying no name is just not in my experience, and Amazon has sent me too many no name untested defective or short lived products.
 

nickmsmith

Dr. Stratster
Jul 28, 2011
14,353
Gravity Falls, USA
Anyone got a lot of experience with a solid reasonably priced cable?

Hosa is everywhere but nobody ever recommends. Are they bad? Ive used their patch cables and they worked and didnt fail.

Pro co, whirlwind?

Other?
Hosa has really been great for me. Guitar and mic cables. I’ve not had one fail, and I have used their quarter inch cables for years.
 

Chipss36

Senior Stratmaster
Oct 1, 2018
1,435
Texas
I used to make all my cables, now it’s cheaper to just buy pre Made cables.
I would look for cables without molded connections.
that way they can be fixed, if they fail.

a molded connection type will have to be cut off, and then you need to buy a new xlr. To fix it.

non molded ends are an easy fix, when they go bad, and they will go bad…..just something to consider.
 

Miotch

Most Honored Senior Member
Jun 28, 2011
5,480
ok
Honestly have no idea what our band used to use. I’m sure they were a cheaper house brand, tough. Tried not to step on them, yank them and coiled them after a gig. Never had a problem. I’ve had shorted name brand ones in a learning studio but they were abused by students. I don’t trust my soldering enough to make my own and never tried since the band had zero problems with what we had.

So whatever you get, just take care of them. I’ve seen a lot of people ruin all sorts of electrical cords by coiling them incorrectly over time.
 

amstratnut

Peace thru Music.
Dec 1, 2009
22,068
My house.
i used to buy mogami mic wire by the foot. if you can solder it is imo the way to go.
I can solder pickups but never had luck with cables.
I work as a soundman and we use Van Damme cables pretty much exclusively.
Never heard of those.
I used to make all my cables, now it’s cheaper to just buy pre Made cables.
I would look for cables without molded connections.
that way they can be fixed, if they fail.

a molded connection type will have to be cut off, and then you need to buy a new xlr. To fix it.

non molded ends are an easy fix, when they go bad, and they will go bad…..just something to consider.
Im not good at soldering cables.
Honestly have no idea what our band used to use. I’m sure they were a cheaper house brand, tough. Tried not to step on them, yank them and coiled them after a gig. Never had a problem. I’ve had shorted name brand ones in a learning studio but they were abused by students. I don’t trust my soldering enough to make my own and never tried since the band had zero problems with what we had.

So whatever you get, just take care of them. I’ve seen a lot of people ruin all sorts of electrical cords by coiling them incorrectly over time.
I got mono price ones. They seen sturdy so far. The rehearsal studio will remain set up permanently so, cables will rarely be moved.
 


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