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    I’ll soon be receiving my T-112 + idr48, and am looking to use 1 multicable of some type from the surface to the onstage mixrack.

    I plan on using the SPDIF (mains) output, via an AES/EBU transformer, to the AES/EBU input of my speaker processor (onstage), also need a line for DMX lighting, another for non-DMX lighting, plus the ACE line – 4 total.

    I won’t need anything longer than 200’/60 meters, any experience or suggestions will be greatly valued!

    -Tim Tyler

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    My guess:

    I’d say: try to transform your DMX to an IP-protocol, find a way to do the same with the non-DMX (what is that? 0-10V?), forget about the SPDIF because you should take that from the stagerack directly and route everything over IP. That way you’ll only use one CAT5 cable… What do you think?

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    My prayers have been heard, Dante is coming!

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    I’ve just finished making up a 50m snake with Sommer Cable: SC-Monocat Power 212. This has power (3 x 2.5mm), 2 x shielded Cat 6, + 2 x shielded Twisted Pair (Use for audio or DMX etc). They do other configurations also. Have only used it once so far but had no problems. It’s expensive but well made/ tough casing and reasonably flexible. Will come in very handy to return Dante from the mixrack over the spare cat 6 back to FOH for recording. With adaptors/converters you can send all sorts of things down the spare Cat 6 – even 4 channels of balanced audio with Instasnake box’s from You may be able to find AES/EBU converters to Cat6 also?


    Richard Howey
    Audio Dynamite Ltd

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    Thanks for your replies – all I’m looking for is a multi cable snake that will give me the ability to transmit ACE, DMX, plus 2 pairs. I could get a 4 channel snake to add to the ACE cat5 line, but I’m really interested in using 1 cable, not 2 (or more). I’ve been told that it’s possible to use a cat5 cable for 3 or even 4-pair lines, but I want to make sure I’m not going to end up with issues of some sort.

    If anyone is doing this, I’d like to hear your experience…


    -Tim Tyler

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    sommer cable monocat power 212

    greetings from hamburg

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    Thanks, folks –

    The Sommer looks good, but I don’t need the power cable, so I’ll investigate the possibility of a setup with the cat6 + twisted pair only. I’m anxiously awaiting the delivery of my new kit!

    Thanks again,

    -Tim T
    Richmond, Va, USA

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