February 27, 2016 at 5:07PM

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Cable Wrapping

My question might seem simple in the first place. But I'm confused right at the moment.
If it comes to wrap your cable how do you do that?
Normal or over/under?
And if you do over/under why do you do it this way and what advantage has that?

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Depends on the type of cable. Although I'd consider over/under "normal". Over/Under prevents twisting of the inner part of your cable. And because you prevent the twisting, your cables should last much longer. Additionally over under if done correctly prevents having a big knot and allows you to run your cable faster.

I said it depends because occasionally you deal with a cable that does not wrap nicely no matter how you wrap it. If you can over/under it, do it. On the rare occurrence you find a cable that will not wrap using this method- probably wrapped incorrectly a number of times it will clearly want to wrap another way.

March 1, 2016 at 3:13PM

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Matt Clark
Producer / Writer / DP
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I was taught to go with the "memory" of the cable itself. Don't force it into a new position, because you put more stress on it than you need to. I never just wind it around my arm, even though that might seem to be the quicker route, because then that imprints a new "memory" that is at odds with how the cable naturally wants to go.

If the cable wants to be a certain loop diameter, then let it fall into that.

March 1, 2016 at 5:31PM

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Sean Bokenkamp
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I was taught to wrap all cables with the over/under method. When a cable is made, it has a natural twist from the factory that helps to keep the cable working how it it supposed to. This twist is the cables "memory." It will always want to wrap that way because that's the way it was naturally made. This is especially important with XLR cablez because if not wrapped properly, you can break the cables ground which will then cause it to be noisy.

March 1, 2016 at 7:05PM

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Jon Cibella
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