Need to check all your mic cables work before heading off to a gig? Check out this simple device. -says Chris Kennedy
Item: Behringer CT100, Cable Tester
Price: UK £19, US: $22
At A Glance: Behringer’s CT100, is a microprocessor controlled cable tester that allows you to detect faults in your audio cables with ease. It supports a useful range of cable types from microphone to instrument cables and also features a basic test tone generator.
High Notes: As well as detecting broken cables, the CT100 will also tell you if a cable has been wired incorrectly such as being wired out of phase – or if the pin for phantom power on your mic cable is wired wrong at one end. It is powered by two AA batteries and built with a metal chassis that is designed to withstand heavy use. Once a cable is connected, a LED display shows exactly how it is wired and also displays if there are any intermittent faults on the cable. It can also be used to check cables that you cannot easily access both ends of (such as a multicore), although a shorting jack (not included) is required for a full continuity check.
Off Pitch: Although it covers most of the common audio lead types, it does not support Speakon connectors, which are often used with PA systems.
A VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: If you use a lot of different cables in your studio or on stage, then the CT100 is an extremely useful piece of equipment to own. It will help you diagnose any problem cables quickly and help check that any repairs have been carried out successfully. If you are the type of singer who just wants to focus on singing and leave the tech to someone else then this is probably not for you, however if you are involved your live sound setup then the CT100 is definitely worth checking out.
Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.behringer.com