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.
“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.