12 Home Studio Necessities #10 – Good Cables


You’ll hear regularly in the pro audio world that your studio is only as good as its weakest link. And the weakest link is? Cables.

Do yourself a favor. Don’t use cheap cables in your studio. Every single piece of equipment that you will use for making music in your studio will be connected using a cable, so focusing on good cables is important.

I’m not advocating going out and buying the latest gold-plated, oxygen-free, organically-fed, free-range, thousand-dollar cable out there, but don’t spend $4.95 on a cable either.

As I’ve mentioned several times in this series already, you get what you pay for.

Using a good cable as opposed to a cheap one will help you in a number of ways.


Day 10 – Cables: The Weakest Link [31DBR]

Welcome to Day 10 of 31 Days to Better Recordings.

I worked for a few years as a salesman for Sweetwater Sound. (Check out my insider’s review here.) I was always fascinated by customers who would buy a really nice $1,500 microphone, then they would run it through a $6 cable.

I would constantly remind people that cables are the weakest link in your studio. Your system is only as good as its weakest link.

A whole rack of ridiculously expensive studio equipment isn’t nearly as effective with cheap cables.

I’m not here to sell you cables. Don’t worry. But I do want you to think about cabling, and make sure you’re not shooting yourself in the foot by using sub-par cabling.