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Instrument vs Speaker Cables: What's The Difference?

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From our Best of YouTube cable video series, here's a well done video from CS Guitars in Scotland on the difference between speaker cables and guitar cords/cables that have 1/4" male plugs on both ends.  These cables may look the same, but they are each designed specifically for different purposes and getting the two mixed up can be dangerous for your equipment.  See guitar cords and speaker cables to shop our Metro DC Music store.  

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Instrument vs Speaker Cables: What's The Difference?

Hosa Technology - New Cable Products at InfoComm 2016

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From our Best of YouTube cable video series, here's an update from Hosa Technology cable products presented by FOHonline.com from the InfoComm 2016 show floor.  Hoyt Binder of Hosa gives an overview of some new products including a power distribution cord, powercon cable, DMX cables with 5-pins and 4 conductors and others.

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Hosa Technology - New Cable Products at InfoComm 2016

How Wire and Cable is Made

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 General Cable Corporation is one of the largest wire and cable manufacturers in the world, having 170 years of experience in the wire and cable business.  Their history of accomplishments include: 1844 - Supplied the insulated wire to Samuel Morse for his historic communication between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. 1882 - Manufactured a seven-conductor line to link the U.S. Capitol with the State, War and Navy Buildings. 1886 - Supplied wire to light the Statue of Liberty twice—first in 1886 and again for the Centennial celebration in 1986. 1893 - Produced 145 miles of cable for installation under New...

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How Wire and Cable is Made

Fender Custom Shop 30th Anniversary Documentary

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We carry Fender guitar and instrument cables and we're suckers for a good bit of nostalgia, so we love this short documentary on The Fender Custom Shop 30th Anniversary.  It combines archival footage and photos alongside present day interviews with eight of the original founding master builders who brought the historic shop to life. They reflect on the early days of the Shop; their project guitars created for the anniversary in 2017 and the camaraderie they still share.

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Fender Custom Shop 30th Anniversary Documentary

EVH Gear TV Host Eric Broadbent Endorses George L's for Best Pedalboard Patch Cables

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Metro DC Music staff are big fans of the EVH Gear TV YouTube Channel.  "EVH" is, of course, Eddie Van Halen, and the channel is: "Each week EVH Gear TV sits down with some of the biggest names in the music industry. Each interview touches base on Edward Van Halen's influence on the world of musicians, manufacturers & music fans alike. We also know that not everyone in the world is a Van Halen fan, but this show is still for you. Why? You will get to see interviews by many of your favourite artists, in a relaxed atmosphere where we...

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EVH Gear TV Host Eric Broadbent Endorses George L's for Best Pedalboard Patch Cables

Bass Player Justin Meldal-Johnsen of Beck, Nine Inch Nails on D'Addario American Stage Cables

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 Justin Meldal-Johnsen is best known for his bass work with Beck, Nine Inch Nails, M83 and Air.  In this video he sits down with D'Addario to talk about the American Stage series of cables and being a pedal junkie.  He says "I've learned that you gotta get the right cable, and it doesn't mean it's expensive, it just mean it's right, and when you know, you know, and you can tell you've made an upgrade."

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Bass Player Justin Meldal-Johnsen of Beck, Nine Inch Nails on D'Addario American Stage Cables

Audio Cables: 1/4" vs XLR vs Speakon vs RCA vs MIDI

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From our Best of YouTube cable video series, here's a well done video from  Kennis Russell on the differences in common connectors used for audio cables including 1/4", XLR, Speakon, RCA and MIDI.

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Audio Cables: 1/4" vs XLR vs Speakon vs RCA vs MIDI

How to Wire DMX Stage Lighting

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From our Best of YouTube cable video series, here's an overiew for beginners by David Henry (of learnstagelighting.com) on the wiring of lighting fixtures using DMX cables, including daisy-chaining, splitting DMX and the 32-fixture rule.

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How to Wire DMX Stage Lighting

What is DMX Lighting Tutorial

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From our Best of YouTube cable video series, here's a 5-part video tutorial from UniqueSquared.com on DMX Lighting including a basic introduction and then more detailed information on DMX addressing, setting DIP switches on DMX gear and DMX wiring.

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What is DMX Lighting Tutorial

Lava Cable Tightrope Assembly Official Lava Solder-Free Video

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Lava Cable’s TightRope solder-free patch cable system is an affordable and reliable DIY solution for your custom pedal board. It uses a modified version of the proven Lava Plug™ design, that has the smallest circumference of any similar plug, and TightRope 20 AWG, low capacitance (32 pF/ft) solid-core patch cable.  It really provides the best of both worlds: low price and a superior product. TightRope cable is Made in USA comes in three colors; Black, White and Red. Super fast and easy to assemble patch cables are the hallmark of this DIY system.  Metro DC Music carries both the complete TightRope kit with cable, plugs...

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