Microphone Cables

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About Microphone Cables

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 Klotz, 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.

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.