How to make db25 multicore tascam snake cable

DB25 bantam snake

Db25 multicore cables are very common at any studio, a lot of standard audio gear interfaces use them, but maybe you don´t know how to make them. Here a small tutorial if you prefer to build them and save some money.

I must say you have to spend some time and work, but it’s not difficult. You will need the appropriate tools and a little patience and skill for making a professional work.

Most used multicore are Tascam pinout, followed by Yamaha pinout:

DB25 Tascam Yamaha pinout
Follow the above diagram picture for making your pinout multicore.

Audio Interface Pinouts

Digidesign/Avid:    Analog Tascam | Digital Tascam
Lynx Aurora:            Analog Tascam | Digital Yamaha
Solid State Logic:   Analog Tascam | Digital Yamaha
RME:                          Tascam
Mackie:                    Yamaha
Apogee:                    Analog Tascam | Digital Yamaha
Antelope Orion:     Analog Tascam
SPL Audio:               Tascam
Metric Halo:           Analog Tascam | Digital Tascam

Tools needed for making your DB25 multicore cables

You will need these components for making a quality DB25 snake:

Soldering tin (I use WTB tin with 4% silver, great quality, and sound), soldering iron,  multimeter, lathe, tweezers,  wire stripper, cutter, shrink tubing, and of course quality multicore cable.

Tools for making DB25 multicore cable
Digital multimeter
You can use a magnifying lens to see better welding.DB25-soldering-lens

Connectors and cable for making your DB25 multicore

Mogami is one of the most used, very good quality, but I prefer Gepco snake, great sound, low noise and cheaper option. Apart it has a type of sound I really like. Very similar to Mogami.
Gepco snake multicore
We will choose the connectors. XLR, Jacks, bantam or bare wire for soldering in a patch bay.  I like black Neutrik pin gold connectors, great quality, and sound, and they look cool.

It is preferable to use quality DB25 metallic hood connectors than plastic housing.

DB25 metallic connector
All these materials count for better sound quality. I tested more expensive commercial snakes vs mine and I prefer the sound of my Gepcos. I can really hear better small nuances on my Lipinski and Amphion speakers.

Some recommended componenets to make your cables:

Neutrik NC3MX-B 3-Pin M Cable MT XLR, Black with Gold Contacts

Neutrik NC3FXX-BAG 3-Pin XLRF Cable Connector, Black Metal Housing with Silver Contacts

Amphenol ACPL Black Chrome, Gold Plated RCA Connectors (Red & Black Boots) – 4 Pack –

Cardas Soldering Wire Quad Eutectic Silver Solder with rosin flux 1/4 lbs (113g) roll

Eclipse Tools CP-301G Pro’sKit Precision Wire Stripper, 30-20 AWG

DB25 Male Solder Cup Connector Kit With DB25 Metal Hood+Strain Relief Grommet

The procedure of the DB25 snake

Cut the length needed of your snake. You will have to add the cable length connections. If you need a db25 snake of 1.5 meters, add 5cm for the db25 connector and 30cm for XLR or Jack connectors.
Stripe the side of db25 connector:

Gepco multicore

DB25 Gepco snake strippedOnce stripped soldering all wire tips with a drop of tin. After that enter a shrink tube on each channel cable, 4mm shrink tube fits fine.

Gepco snake soldered tipsNow repeat the previous step with the XLR or Jacks connectors side. On this side, shrink tube is not needed.

DB25-tips-solderedNow, will begin with DB25 soldering, put the connector on your lathe, we soldering the top row.
First fill the pins with a drop of tin, after that solder the cables following Tascam or Yamaha pinout, see below picture.

DB25 male connector

Neutrik NP3TT-P-R Tini Telephone Plug, Red

Neutrik NP3TT-P-B Tini Telephone Plug, Black

80W Soldering Iron Kit ,Digital LCD Solder Gun Adjustable Temperature

DB25 soldered pins

When finish turns the connector, we will repeat the above step with the bottom row.
After soldering all db25 pins we will test the snake with the multimeter. It is important to ensure that the work done is correct.
This will save time and errors,

If your testing it´s OK we will solder the other side. Solder your XLR, Jacks or Bantam connectors.
After finish check again with your multimeter. After some hours of work, you will have your DB25 ready.

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2 thoughts on “How to make db25 multicore tascam snake cable”

  1. Hi,
    I’m making a similar project now, do you experience some kind of noise problem with this connection, thanks and best regards.

    Juan Medina.

    • No. DB25 is a professional connector in a lot of High-end studio converters. If some noise appears could be a failing gear or a bad cable connection.


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