Microphone Cables

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About Microphone Cables

Microphone cables are essential for protecting against interference and choosing the correct microphone cable is important, you need to make sure you've got the right cable for the right job. Choosing a microphone cable with the appropriate length, quality and durability will make sure that your signal is clear, without interference and sounds as good as it possibly can.

Microphone cables are available at guitarguitar in various sizes and styles. Normally, microphones use a connector known as XLR. Microphone cables are therefore called XLR cables. XLR connections are distinctive: they have larger round ends with either three prongs (male) or three holes (female) within. One end connects to the mic and the other to a desk, interface, amp or whatever else you are using.

Microphone cables are available from brands such as TOURTECH and Roland. We sell these cables in varying lengths to suit the various applications that make use of XLR cables. We have a huge selection both in-store and here online.

Why Should I Choose a Microphone Cable?

  • Different lengths for different situations
  • Budget options
  • High quality options for clean signlar

Frequently Asked Questions about Microphone Cables

Question: Why do microphones use XLR cables? Some use normal 1/4" jacks, don't they?
These days, you'd be hard pushed to find any remotely decent mic (regardless of price) that doesn't utilize the XLR connection. Some cables are available with an XLR jack on one end and a 1/4" jack on the other though, so you can plug mics into amps that only have standard jack inputs. The reason that microphones use XLR connectors is that the cable itself will be 'balanced'. That means there are actually three cables within it: one each for positive and negative polarities and the third for ground. Separating these gets rid of a lot of noise and hiss, making balanced signals both louder in signal and quieter in terms of unwanted noise.
Question: Do I need a special type of cable for using mics with phantom power?
No, any standard XLR cable of decent quality will be fine to use with a phantom power mic. Do I lose volume in my signal if my mic cable is really long? You do lose a little bit, yes. However, if you have vocal FX or if you go through a mixing desk with a compressor built in, you may find that you won't really notice the loss. If your cables are 20ft or less, you should do fine.
Question: What kind of cable does a microphone use?
A microphone uses an XLR type of cable.
Question: Is there a difference between microphone cables?
Yes. Microphone cables vary in price due to the quality of components. More expensive microphone cables will feature higher quality components which will lead to a more stable signal.
Question: What is the best cable for a microphone?
The best cable for a microphone depends on your setup and your needs. If you have a high-end microphone, it's better to invest in a more expensive cable. If you're operating in a budget, cheaper microphone cables will be better suited.
Question: Are XLR cables only for microphones?
No. XLR cables are also used in mixers, amplifiers and soundboards.