D’Addario Planet Waves
You’re sitting in your studio ready to get to work, waiting for the computer to finish booting up, gathering together some final notes on the production project, you press play on your DAW and you hear strange noises that you shouldn’t be hearing, thats when you realize you have a cabling problem. Thank goodness it doesn’t happen often, but when it does its a real pain, especially if your studio has a large number of cables in its signal chain. Is the problem coming from a mic, instrument, or speaker cable? This is when the rest of your day is spent crawling around on the floor behind your equipment, under desks, trying to search out the answer. I guess this little story is to illustrate how important good quality cables can be, this doesn’t mean with quality cables this will never happen, just perhaps less often.
Planet Waves cables which I was going to be discussing are now D’Addario Planet Waves, who know what happened there. According to their website the cables have a gold-plated plug, encapsulated soldering points, copper shielding tubes, flexible polymer strain relief, oxygen-free copper conductors, foamed polyethylene insulation, conductive PVC jacket, foil shield, dense braided shield, and durable polymer jacket. So what does all this mean? It’s a high quality nice sounding cable. Planet Waves aren’t the most expensive cables but they’re a good quality cable.
While I’ve never used this product before in my studio, I know of its reputation. Monster Cable has been around for a very long time, and perhaps its one of the best known brands of cable around, especially for stereo equipment. These cables use classic nickel contacts, high purity copper conductors, all metal construction, carbon infused dielectric, copper spiral wrap shield, and duraflex shield. So what does all this mean? Its another good quality nice sounding cable.
Monster has been around for a long time and is known for reasonably priced high quality cables, which are essential because a good quality recording requires a good quality cable. So while buying cables is not necessarily the most glamours part of owning a studio, its certainly a very important part, and the cable you buy will influence the sound you record. So make sure to purchase good quality cables so your music will sound its best.