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The Audio Cables Needed for a Home Studio

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Recommended Audio Cables

Let me start with something that might make you laugh.

There was a science experience done testing a Monster speaker cable to a coat hanger:
Coat Hanger vs. Monster Experiement

With that said, do you need a super expensive audio cable?

It really comes down to understanding how the basic fundamentals of audio work.

There are ways to help reduce EMF (electromagnetic force), by for example, using twisted pairs or metal shielding to prevent noise getting into your audio signal, but that’s actual scientific evidence that helps prevent noise.

Then you have brands which try to sell you premium quality cables, which really do not improve anything to do with your music.

These speakers cables wires are made of copper. Copper is copper whether you’re sending AC electricity over it, or your audio.

With that said, over my years I’ve found a company I absolutely love.

This for both the cost and performance.

That’s Monoprice.

An absolutely awesome company.

Quality and cost-effective.

Different Types of Audio Cables

To keep this short and sweet, the main one’s you’ll use:

  • XLR – Used for Microphones/Speakers
  • TRS 1/4″ – Used for Speakers/Connecting Gear
  • TS 1/4″ – Used for Guitars/Unbalanced Signals

Suggestions When Buying Audio Cables

You’ll read on forums, “Buy the shortest audio cable that gets you from point A to point B.”

I listened to this in my beginnings, until I moved my studio set up for the first time.

I realized.. MY AUDIO CABLES DON’T REACH NOW!

(And when dealing with a subwoofer, you need more than just two audio cables, you’ll need four! Two from audio interface to subwoofer, then two from subwoofer to each speaker.)

What I’ve realized is you’ll want to purchase a cable a bit longer than what you’ll think you’ll need.

Now I’m not saying to buy a 200 foot cable.

What I’m saying is if you really need a 6′ cable, I’d suggest a 10′ or 15′ cable.

You’ll thank me when you end up moving around your studio set up, or you move homes.

The reason these people say to get the shortest cable possible is because of noise.

The longer the length, the more potential for noise to find its way into your audio signal.

But first, if you’re reading this and taking this course, you are not a professional – so this is a detail you will not notice!

Next, when using TRS or XLR cables, they send two exact versions of the audio signal down the cable, except one’s phase is flipped. That means any noise that gets into your cable is then cancelled when they flip the audio signal back once it gets to the connection point.

At the end of the day I suggest:

  • Purchase an audio cable which is longer than what you’ll need (TS cables are different because they’re not like TRS/XLR cables which flip the phase to remove noise.)
  • Monoprice is definitely a leader in terms of quality and price.