What is a Snake?
A Convenient Audio SuperHighway
1 Microphones are connected to the snake at the "box end" located on the stage. Instruments travel through the snake using direct boxs to balance the signals, correct levels, and minimize noise and interference.
5 PA Speaker
Your mixing board is connected to the snake at the "fan out". The signals from your mics and instruments travel through the snake to your mixing board for you to mix them into the great sound you want your audience to hear. 2
To Power Amplifiers
The mixed signals return to the stage via your snake’s return channels. These signals are usually audio inputs for P.A. amplifiers or stage monitor amps using XLR connectors or 3
1 Stage Mics
1/4" phone plugs.
Signal Return 3 To Stage Box
4 The return signal must go to your power amplifier(s) on stage for them to ultimately be heard through your PA speakers. Use line (instrument) cables or microphone cables. DO NOT USE SPEAKER CABLES HERE.
2 Fan Out
5 Always use speaker cables to connect your power amp and your loud speakers. Use the largest gauge speaker cables you can to maximize speaker control and minimize power loss. DO NOT USE INSTRUMENT CABLES HERE.
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