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Okay finally, I'd like to just give you a few tips on things with cables, things to keep in mind, and some best practices. One, buy good cables, it's always a benefit, hard to adjust with the cost sometimes, but the payoff is good. If you have a smaller studio, and you don't need tons and tons of cable, it's definitely worth it. So, I encourage you to try and get good cables anytime you can. Also, mark your cables, you can put things on the different ends, tape, labels, numbers, and some people use ponytail holders, or tie wraps, things like that, color-code them. Just do things so that when you have kind of this snarl of cables behind your computer and your interface and stuff, and you have to go back and kind of find the right one, it's easier to track down both ends of that cable and troubleshoot.
It's also good with longer mike cables, if you put little things like number stickers around the end, or a piece of colored electrical tape on both ends so you know that the red cables going into this mike. Then when you trace it back into the other room into your mixing board or interface, you know that also here's the red cable that's going into channel 1. So, that's a good thing to do, it makes kind of routing and setting up systems a lot easier. Most cables have markings on them, if they are click stereo pairs like speaker wire. You'll notice speaker wire sometimes it's just black, and you don't see anything, but there will be little ridges in the vinyl or in the plastic coatings.
So just actually touch it with your hand, feel it with your finger, one side will have ridges and will be smooth. When you run those wires from your amplifier to your speaker, just make sure that the red goes to the red and stays on the marked side, and the smooth side goes to the black. It doesn't matter which side you use just make sure that it's even, and use red to red, black to black, positive to negative et cetera. There might also be printed markings, I'll see little strips of white ink on one side so that you know that that side, when you get to the other end of the other cable, wherever it is, you can know which side you're looking at.
Use shorter cables whenever you can. As the signal travels through a cable, it degrades and the longer it travels, the more it degrades. So, it's good to make your cable runs as short as possible so that the quality of your signal stays as pure as possible. It's always good to have an array of short and long cables on hand for different task that come up, but when you are setting up your system, really try and use the shortest cables you can. It will help you maintain the purity or quality of your sound, and it will also make things a little bit neater and easier to work with. So if you can buy a couple of short cables, and a couple of long cables, that's a good idea. Especially when setting up a desktop or small project studio.
You don't need 15 foot cables to run out of the box and then right to the input right next to it. You've got a three or 4 foot cable, and that will help you out. It will keep things cleaner, and it also improves your signal quality. Finally, it's good to cross your audio and AC cables at 90 degree angles to reduce interference. Basically, you know when you're setting up, and you have a bunch of studio stuff, a bunch of bands, and a bunch of microphones out, cables are going to cross each other, it's going to happen. If you find that point where they do cross just kind of bunch up the microphone cables, or the audio cables, and then lay that extension cord or power cord to an amplifier so that it crosses those cables at a 90 degree angle.
This will greatly reduce the possibility of interference. It works, it's pretty simple, and tidies up the cables in certain spots too. So, those are my tips on cables, hopefully they'll help you have a kind of a tidier workspace, better signal flow, stronger signals, and less interference.
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