In this episode of Expert Advice, Sound Pure pro audio specialist Marc Kuzio walks us through how to properly wrap a microphone cable to lengthen its lifespan.
Often times folks just starting out, be it musicians, live sound engineers, studio engineers, etc., tend to pick up bad habits by coiling the cable in a fast mess or wrapping a cable over their arm repeatedly. Although it may be convenient, this method is actually creating unnatural kinks, bends, and knots in the cable that shorten its lifespan over time.
It may seem unnatural at first but we 100% advise you to use the over-under method.
We’ve found the easiest way to do this is to start with one end of the cable facing toward you in your hand. Create your first loop by going over the top with the cable. The second loop is going to go in the OPPOSITE direction. This can be created by pushing the cable out so it naturally rotates the opposite way.
If you have trouble getting the cable to rotate easily, you can pinch the cable and twist it with your fingers to push the loop.
Repeat this process until fully wrapped and use your handy cable tie to wrap it up. After that, you’re good to go!
The over-under method is great for storing cables and getting them to where they fall naturally into place every time.
Once you get the hang of it, cables shorting out on you in the middle of a session will be a thing of the past.