How to Build a Professional Audio Cable

This is to inform you how to build or repair a professional audio cable.

Steps

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    Gather the materials needed, if you are repairing a cable then you will need the cable, a soldering iron, some solder, and a place to work. If you are starting from scratch you will need 2 cable connectors, ( a male end and a female end), some raw audio cable, a soldering iron, some solder, and a place to work.
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    Disassemble the audio connector so that you can see the inside
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    Next slide the connector over the raw cable (skip this step if repairing cable).
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    Strip the raw audio cable so that you can see the copper of all three wires.
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    Heat up your solder with the soldering iron and melt a little of it onto your bare wires
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    While the solder is still hot, connect it to the appropriate place on the audio connector (ground 1, +2,-3) The positive and negative are interchangeable as long as they are the same on both sides.
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    Once you have made all three connections, put the shielding pieces of the connector back together and tighten.
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    Repeat on the opposite side of the cable
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    Now you can plug in an instrument or a microphone to test your cable, or if you have an audio cable tester with you , you can use this as well.
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    Finished.

Warnings

  • Soldering can be dangerous, make sure not to touch the hot solder with bare skin, this can cause burns on your hands.

Article Info

Categories: Home Audio