What is a patch cord?
What is a patch cord? A patch cord (also called a patch cable), is an insulated cord containing a plug at both ends, used in computer networking, audio production, television, theatrical and film production.
Patch cords are typically copper cables containing an RJ45, GG45, or TERA connector on both ends, although many different custom versions exist for varying applications. It is also common for patch cords to be tailor made to different lengths, enabling the customization of computer networking hubs, patch panels, and patch bays, which are found in audio production environments. Patch cords can also be used to connect a server or switch port to an installed cabling system.
Patch cords are found in commercial and home recording setups. These cords range in length from a few inches to as long as 100 feet in professional sound reinforcement applications and live concert settings. Patch cords of shorter lengths are used to connect floor stompbox style effects commonly used in guitar setups, enabling the user to create various types of effects together for different sound combinations. Typically, a mono instrument patch cord coming from the output of an electric guitar carries the signal flow to the effects, which is then routed by another mono patch cord to a guitar amp or recording interface. Patch cords connect drum machines, effects devices, analog synthesizers and external hardware devices together in various configurations, often facilitated by the use of a patch panel or patch bay.
Patch cords are often one of the most overlooked aspects of a home recording setup. The importance of having good audio patch cords is significant in maintaining consistent signal flow and optimizing the performance of your gear. Poor cables are single-handedly one of the biggest culprits of technical issues in studio setups, and should be tested immediately if performance of hardware, patch bays or other devices seem erratic or inconsistent
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