Howdy SEA Fans, Welcome to another Tip Tuesday blog post, today we are discussing techniques on how to properly connect, label, store and use audio cables for your next live event.
If you want to facilitate the troubleshooting at an event, pay attention to a carefully performed wiring.
This starts with the material selection. It is always worthwhile to invest a little more money, because after all, one is usually not petty when choosing a microphone or instrument, and in the playback chain the cable connection should not be the weakest link.
With a good cable cross-section, sturdy connectors and working strain relief, good shielding and a cable material that can be easily and well laid, one has long-term joy and good hearing results.
Proper winding and proper storage during transport are also crucial. Just like following the tips which are mentioned below,
Tip 1: As the stage size changes constantly, it makes sense to have cables of various lengths and mark them accordingly.
Better to make a cable connection too long than to build a pitfall trap for yourself or for your colleagues.
Tip 2: If audio and power cables are used for the light, they should not be laid in parallel as this can quickly lead to inductive interference.
If the audio cables cannot be accommodated differently here, they should be laid at a greater distance from each other.
The least interference with dimmed power lines for the light is what you get when the cables just cross and do not run side by side.
By the way, every light man will be grateful if you only use black cables in the stage construction.
Tip 3: The optimal location for the installation is usually behind the backline, on the stage sides.
When it gets cramped while laying, Gaffer Tape or Rubber Mats can be the ideal helper.
To be able to play under the feet for security and well-being without cables, such an action is always worthwhile.
Tip 4: Successful cable logistics are especially evident in the case of a defect.
If it gets hectic, a cable mess quickly accumulates, in which not always a single cable can be identified accurately.
If a source signal does not arrive at the stage box, the cable is probably defective.
If you solder your cables yourself (or have them soldered), you should attach a heat-shrinkable tube and a badge to both (!) Cable ends.
In addition to the company name and the cable length, a clearly recognizable cable ID should be assigned
Tip 5: Audio cables should be routed at right angles and parallel on the stage if the cable material permits. This provides clarity and helps with troubleshooting.
Tip 6: If cables are too long, the superfluous meters should not be parked in front of the stage box but rolled up under the microphone stands.
The often only small space on the stage is not garbed with cable mountains and the degradation does not occur to these ugly, unwanted knots.
We hope that the tips which are mentioned above have been useful for you.
As a Sound Engineer or an aspiring sound engineer, do you know any other tips on how to improve audio cabling for live events?
Do share with us as a comment below.
Happy Sound Engineering