Guide to Various Cables & Cords

Cables & Cords Cables & Cords: You can never have enough of cables, especially if your interest is music technology.

Any musician who performs on stage needs to connect their music instruments or mics to the amplifiers. Besides, you also need cables to connect the various equipment together.

Another common requirement of any digital piano or keyboard player (or any other electric instrument) is to connect the music instrument to computer (gradually becoming keyboard to iPad), and you need a cable to make the connection.

In fact, there are several analog and digital connectivity solutions available for the musical instrument, broadcast, theater, and professional audio/video industries. These cables/cords are manufactured to meet the requirements of today’s professional.

The more popular types of cables include (there are many more actually):

Instrument Cable

Instrument Cable

An Instrument cable is usually a 1/4-inch cable that you need to plug in your music instrument; these are used to connect your music instrument to amplifiers. When performing on stage, its always better to have an extra instrument cable handy. The better instrument cables do not tangle, there’s no buzzing or humming (the cheapest ones are prone to buzzing), have serviceable, metal plugs which makes them better suited for touring, they have oxygen-free copper conductors for better signal clarity. You get instrument cables ranging from right-angle L-connectors to straight plugs.

Most electric instruments (wind, stringed, percussion instruments – guitars, violins, organs, banjos, electric pianos, basses) use this type of cable. Wherever you see an amplified sound being produced, its very likely that a guitar cable is being used.

Non-instrumental devices like stereos, studio recording devices, PA systems, headphones, speakers, microphones etc. also use this type of cable.

Midi Interfaces

Midi Interfaces

Easily connect keyboard/MIDI controller to your computer. These interfaces convert 5-pin DIN MIDI to the standard 7 easy-to-use USB connectors.

Midi Cables

Midi Cables

Connect your MIDI gear using reliable MIDI cables, you also need this to get your studio inter-connected.

Headphones Extension Cables: Extension cables for your Headphone to let you hear further away.

Interconnect Cables: More options to create the right cable connections for your setup.

Cable Accessories: Have a studio at home? You might need some accessories as well such as plugs, connectors, etc.

  1. MIDI Cables
  2. Digital Audio Cables
  3. Instrument Cables
  4. Microphone Cables
  5. Speaker Cables
  6. Computer Cables
  7. Interconnect Cables
  8. Cable Accessories (adapters, ties, etc.)


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