Spotted on Campus: Students Learn to Make Audio Cables in Electronics Class

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This week, we peeked into the Principles of Electronics class and found students from the Show Production bachelor of science program learning to solder and make XLR cables.

SOC_inline“It’s what we use as audio professionals to connect all our equipment, all our audio gear,” says Lab Specialist John Gibb. “Stuff breaks – we need to know how to fix them. Being able to fix them and prepare them yourself saves a lot of money.”

During the lab, students first learned the basics of soldering. They stripped wires, “tinned” them with a soldering pencil, and then created new insulator jackets using heat shrink tubing and a heat gun. Later in the class, the students would take apart an XLR cable, put it back together, and add various connecters.

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