Soldering an XLR Cable

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This video is a followup to Soldering Guitar Cables which goes more in-depth on the basics of soldering.

In this video, Mike will teach you:

  • The differences between male and female connectors
  • How an XLR cable is made
  • How to properly solder it yourself
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Mike Comparetto
Mike Comparetto

The Young Things

Flux Studios

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2020 Jan 09
wow, thank you
2019 Nov 14
Can anyone tell me where to go to get the customized heat shrink tubing? I'd like to start branding my cables as well. Thanks.
2018 Aug 10
An easy way to remember the wire numbers is to call X = eXternal shield, L = Live (hot) and R = Return (cold) or XLR =1, 2, 3. Happy soldering.
2018 May 08
Congratulations for the care and affection you devote to your cables. A good job, no doubt. Fantastic tutorial.
2017 Aug 21
'It's very important to be mindful of whether you're doing a male or a female'. I wholeheartedly agree. Thankfully something I've always been mindful of
2017 Apr 08
Who the fuck says "soul-der?"
2017 Feb 06
Razor blade for cutting jacket? Lock connector to vise? Why? Amateur... You need an OLFA knive and lock another connector to vise, when you solder a male connector lock an other female and put it. I using Zippo lighter for shrinking, this is faster. When you soldering a lot of cables speed is very important thing!
2016 Dec 21
I love the desk.
2016 Oct 19
Which T strip do you recommend? Where did you get the Custom Flux Shrink Wraps! They are really really cool
2016 Aug 28
Great vids loved both of them! One of the best things to invest in while doing this stuff is some solder wick. It's a braided material which sucks up excess or old solder. Super cheap, though can be hard to find. But really helps if you put too much solder on or just have a lot of burnt/oxidized solder from a previously used cable.
2016 Aug 14
Good video Mike! If it's okay I'd like to clarify one thing. The "Hot" and "Cold" as you term are actually both hot and simply opposite phases of the balanced circuit. The circuit ground is your low or "Cold" and chassis ground is the "Earth" ground, which looks like the little upside down pyramid made up of three to five descending lines on a schematic symbol. You will often wire equipment with balanced cabling that has the shield broken (detached) at the input of the device, while device chassis will be grounded to a main ground bus. This is known as telescoping shields.
2016 May 31
@moosebeats - You'll want to tin the soldering iron first by applying a little bit of solder to the iron directly but then when soldering the wires to the cups you'll want to heat up the cups and the wire and then add solder all at the same time to ensure a good connection. Temperature varies, some people like to stay on the low and slow side others hot and fast I personally set mine to 600ºF. Check out Mike's first tutorial which talks about some of this too -
2016 May 28
A couple questions I have after watching this. Where do we apply to solder iron? Directly to the solder, or to the wires and let the heat from the wires melt the solder? Also how hot should the iron be?