Audio Snakes

An audio snake is a thick cable, which contains from four to 64 individual audio cables inside a common, sturdy outer jacket. Audio multicore cables are widely used whenever multiple audio signals, for example from a number of microphones on stage need to be conveyed between common locations. Typical professional audio applications include audio recording, sound reinforcement, PA systems and broadcasting.

Without a snake, a band performing onstage, for example, would have to have 20 or more individual microphone cables running from the stage to the mixing console, which is typically located at the rear of a venue. It would be easy for the cables to become tangled, and it would be very hard for the audio engineers connecting the microphone cables to the mixing board to determine which cable is for which microphone (or other input).

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