Would adding 25' of mic cable cause latency?

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Music Afficionado
Member Since: Aug 12, 2008

I redesigned the format of my entire studio over the past week with a lot of advice from people on this board (hope to upload pics soon). I was wiring everything last night and one of the only changes in cables (I actually was able to use much shorter cables for most stuff) was adding 25' of mic cable.

I didnt have much time to experiment with the new set up last night but did fire up the computer and made sure I was able to record. I noticed more latency than before when speaking into the mic - is this b/c of the extra 25'? I didnt have much time to troubleshoot and was alone so I will try a few more things tonight when I get home - figured I'd ask on here though b/c if it is the fact that I am using 2x25' to go 35' maybe I should just go buy a single 40' cable?


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Pinnipedal Czar (: 3=
Since: Apr 11, 2004

Mar 01, 2010 10:53 am

There should be no latency induced by a somewhat longer mic cable. None. It must be coming from somewhere else.

Music Afficionado
Since: Aug 12, 2008

Mar 01, 2010 11:42 am

That makes me feel (somewhat) better - ok back to troubleshooting...

MASSIVE Mastering, LLC
Since: Aug 05, 2008

Mar 01, 2010 12:26 pm

You'd literally need miles of cable to induce measurable latency.

Formally Hydrial69
Since: May 06, 2009

Mar 01, 2010 03:54 pm

lol yea, signal in cable travels at the speed of light, so it cant be due to cable, unless something is horribly wrong with your cable :S like, really really wrong lol

Since: Nov 11, 2007

Mar 01, 2010 06:37 pm

Light is the only medium that travels at the speed of light. Misinformation is my hot button...especially coupled with condescending lol's...no offense.

I am not a crook's head
Since: Mar 14, 2003

Mar 02, 2010 08:48 am

/The only thing you'd induce by adding mic cable would be noise/interference. But since you're using XLR cable that's balanced (and thus noise-rejecting) by design, you should be fine.

Formally Hydrial69
Since: May 06, 2009

Mar 02, 2010 09:21 am

i didnt know a lol could be condescending XD ill watch out for it coming across that way next time, im not one to call people out, but im gonna defend myself here, its called VF, the velocity factor, and signal passes through cable "relative to the speed of light" which means you are right, but i didnt want to go into the dense information about it, which there is more on it.

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