« Good, standard snake cables »Published on 10/07/11 at 10:37
Each channel is color coded to avoid confusion. For a 16 track recorder, four of these will be required for all of the necessary ins and outs.
These cables are readily available as the "low-end" snake from Guitar Center and Daddy's Junky Music. I've never had one fail on me, and if you own equipment requiring unbalanced cables, there is really little need to run a "higher quality" cable unless it is being run over very long lengths. Generally, the shorter the cable (under 10 feet) when running unbalanced cable the better.
If you need cables quickly, Hosa is a great choice. But, if you want to save money on a cable that is of comparable quality, I recommend Pulsar Tech's cables from www.pulsartech.net. I haven't had any issues with my Pulsar Tech cables and I first bought them about six or seven years ago.
With any type of cabling, especially unbalanced lines, avoid as much electronic interference as possible by locating them away from power lines. And just to reiterate, the shorter the cable length, the better.