Cables and adaptors can be a confusing and messy part of any DJ rig. There are so many different kinds, and even if you get to the point where you know which ones you need, you’re then faced with the challenge of setting them up so they’re not an eyesore. There are a few important differences to sort through when you’re trying to figure out which cables and adaptors you need for your DJ setup.
Choosing Cables and Adaptors
Analogue cables come in balanced and unbalanced varieties. This means that balanced cables reduce interference and noise that gets picked up between connected devices, and they’re usually used when the cable has to run a long distance.
Unbalanced cables are often used for connecting things over short distances, such as things within the same DJ area.
XLR cables are balanced cables used for many different pieces of DJ gear, including microphones, mixers, and controllers. They have the advantage of being very secure, but they’re also a little larger and less sleek.
Midi cables are another major cable. They don’t transport sound, but rather data, and are most useful when using digital gear.
There are many more cables and adaptors, but these are a few of the major ones that you’re sure to come across as you start to connect your gear. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us for advice.