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Difference between patch cable and instrument cable

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Catalin, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. Hello guys!
    I have a short question: what are the differences between patch cable and instrument cable? Can i use a instrument cable as a patch cable ?
    Tnks !
  2. Christian Waiau

    Christian Waiau

    Jun 16, 2005
    las vegas/maui, nevada/hawaii
    Endorsing Artist: Spector, Aguilar, Darkglass
    length... thats all :)
  3. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Yep. Now in fact there are some patch cords out there with different plugs than the standard instrument cable 1/4" plug, but that difference will be pretty obvious when you see it.
  4. Any good, instrument cable will work. I insist on Canare GS6.

    For balanced cables, I use Canare, or Mogami mic cable.

    Should you get hum, using unbalanced cables, read Rane Note 110.
  5. Guest043

    Guest043 Guest

    Apr 8, 2008
    patch cables are short instrument cables.
  6. i2k


    Oct 31, 2000
    that is a very good instrument cable, but too expensive to be used as fx patch cable.
  7. Yes but i'l use only 2m so it will not be so expensive :)
  8. xshawnxearthx


    Aug 23, 2004
    new jersey
    the only thing you really have to worry about is not using a speaker cab cable for connecting your amp to cab.
  9. Sorry to bump this five year old...

    The cable I like is listed 20ft patch cable. Whats that
  10. NoxNoctus

    NoxNoctus The Crushinator

    May 9, 2004
    Annapolis, MD

    So wrong! Instrument Cables are long Patch Cables! Come on!

    ......got nothin. Hey, Zommmmbie thread!

  11. A typo?
  12. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Wikipedia often mistakes my opinions for fact Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    Patch describes a function.

    Cables with 1/4" jacks are either TS and unbalanced or TRS and balanced.

    Unbalanced cables are used for instruments and pedal effects.

    Balanced cables should only be used when both sides of the connection support it.

    Patch cables can be of either type and are typically called patch cables because they are short and therefore serve the purpose of patching or connecting things that are relatively close together.

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