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(FOH recording "Sonny Rollins 2010 World Tour")

"During Sonny Rollins Tour 2010, we have been recording every show, unfortunately for me we met in July after already recording several shows in the United States using regular microphone cables. The dynamic range and clarity of signal is significant enough that I may have a problem trying to use earlier recordings and match them with the newer ones using Reference Labs’ RMC-S01 cables that you gave me to try in Perugia (Italy). I never thought a cable could make that much of a difference. How was I wrong."

Richard Corsello

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"I was aware that a good cable makes difference to the quality of production sonically and that's why I was using very high end cables and connectors in my studio. But when I changed just my mic cable to Reference Labs' RMC-S01, I could instantly hear the difference in terms of clarity and surprisingly gain structure. Suddenly my voice texture sounded exactly it should as I could here the dynamics in detail. 
Another surprise for me and my singing partner Cheryl was the Sabra-Som Pop Filter. We used another pop filter all these years and since it use to cut off certain frequencies and change the texture of our vocals, we had given up using pop filters. Thanks to Sabra-Som we can sing without worrying about any pops and blows now. 
All I can say is that, I am looking forward to change all my cables in my studio and for our live performances to Reference Laboratory Cables. It will indeed add a lot to our production quality.
Your Cables are "AMAZING" and I highly recommend them to every Singer/Music Producer/Studios!"

Tauseef Akhtar

(Sound Engineer at YRF Studios - Mumbai, India)

"The Reference Labs' cable RMC-S01 is the most incredible cable ever. I'm shocked and amazed at the transparency and life it brings to my acoustic source! Why did I not find these cables earlier…?! I think I need to rewire my whole facility!"

Shantanu Hudlikar  

(Sound Designer-Editor Film/TV)

"We did an A/B comparison of cables from Reference Laboratory and the cables I regularly use on the field for my location recording. I was amazed with the huge difference I heard with the Reference Labs cable RMCS-01. It was clearer, better and unexplainable in human terms the difference I heard. The sound just seemed to be amazingly warmer and better - Just Perfect!"

Baylon Fonseca

"I am short of words to describe the performance of your reference cable and pop filter. I was always under the impression that the difference between two good quality cables would be negligible, but your microphone cable has changed my opinion. Your cable was completely transparent, cleaning out all noise and distortion that I found in the other cable. Your pop filter not only cleans out the pops better than most I have heard, but it also seems to spread the sound pressure evenly across the microphone diaphragm increasing the intelligibility of my voice."

Roydon Dsouza

Vicio su MySpace...LUCA VICINI (VICIO)
(bass with Subsonica)

"I plugged the Reference cable RIC01 directly to my rig live Mark Bass amp (that is in my studio now), playing with a Music Man Sting Ray HH, and the sound difference I could hear (between it and a "normal" cable) is poidently clear: the bass tones are more massive and definitely more transparent (feature that I love). An immedite HI FI feeling! 
I run more accurate tests on the Reference instrument-cable included in the studio-kit, and recorded two bass lines (always playing my MM bass), first using a "supermarket-low-price" cable and then using the Reference one, evaluating the sound results either through listening or by viewing the Wave PAZ spectum analyzer display.

Well... The Reference cable wins hands down: when using it the sound of my bass is much more bodied and defined in the low range, but - viewing the spectrum analysis- you can observe that frequencies around 3000 Hz are boosted (on the contrary, using the "standard" cable there is a"hole" in that frq range) and, in general, the Reference cable has got a wider spectrum. The maximum RMS level is higher too (0,8 dB more). Nice, isn't it? :)"

"I noticed the most striking evidence of the difference by listening: since I've been using a pair of your XLR cables (RMC-S01) to connect my near-field monitors, the sonic spectrum expanded by 100%!! Everithing clearer and straight to your face, specially 5000 Hz-up. Not mentioning the volume... Many more dBs! 
Than I run some tests microphones and mic cables (using my own voice at the moment... which is not exactly like Demetrio Stratos' one :-))):

My final remark? Power and transparency, that's what comes out of your cables. :)"

Luca Vicini

Massimo Luca su MySpace...MASSIMO LUCA

For what concerns the home-studio matter I must say that this Reference Cables Pack is a great initiative!...In my long experience working with all kind of professional studios I always noticed the same mentality gap between who's used to spend a lot of money in cabling and who want to "economize"… 
Unlike 30 years ago, when the analog systems required the respect of its rules (the highest quality cabling was binding for any studios!), unfortunately the "digital age" has brought lot of confusion!... The "analogic noise" was over and than many people believed that vesting in high quality cables was no more necessary. What an awful mistake!

Massimo Luca


"The Reference Labs' balanced cable RMC-S01 has a great frequency response on higher frequencies. Testing it on a Neumann KM184 I have been able to appreciate the difference from the other cables I use. Practically it is as if there is a greater transparency of the signal, I believe due to a positive equalization shelving on high frequencies. I had great results using this cable on dynamic microphones recovering a whole spectrum of high frequencies that I generally did not think of being able to pull out of this type of microphones, like an SE Ribbon Wodoo or a Shure SM57."

Salvatore Russo  

(guitarist & sound engineer)

"The main conclusion after the listening test was that the Reference RMC-S01 allowed a more precise and rich-of-low-frequencies sound if compared to the one I could experience with the “common xrl cable” After this experience one can actually affirm that cables, much alike any other instrument, do contribute with their quality to the overall sound during a performance"

Roberto Diana


(Audio/Video Engineer, Producer, Drum Programmer)

"For what concernes the RMC-S01 cables I can gladly say that I get on very well with them. I've been using these cables in my studio since about two years ago and almost immediatelly I started using them for live recordings, which they ask me to do more and more often. 
During these days of "tracking" I had the chance to make a specific cable comparison test: I connected an acoustic guitar (a hand-crafted one, with a wonderful sound, played by our common frien Roberto Diana) through its piezo to DI, which was in turn plugged, with XLR, into the Digidesign preamp of Pro Tools. I exploited this configuration so that the recordings were not affected, between a test and another, by variables like the position of the mic or the guitar player: I only changed the XLR cable connecting the DI to the Dig002 preamp.
The most striking differences were, once again, in the mid-hi range. By only listening the sound comparison between a low-end xlr cable (retail price: 12 euro) and the RMC-S01 (both the same lenght) I could notice that using the Reference one the sound of the piezo was brighter and with a more defined attack. More pleasant for who, like me, listening to the "pick scratch". 
I can say that it was an unfailing confirmation for me, realizing that. even in such a common configuration like this, with a signal inevitably influenced by passing though the DI, there was the same increase in quality tha I previously noticed in studio with vocals and with tracks from live recording: a more even and natural mid-low freq range, and a more present and pleasant mid-high range. I do not hide that lately I am on tour mostly for theatre shows and it happens to me more and more often that I say "Gosh! I'd need some Reference cables in here!"... :]"

Stefano Olla  

Home Studio  Pack (cover web)Reference Home Studio Cable Pack
(part one)

Reference cables Home Studio Pack 
(part two: recommended accessories)

So, starting from a basic Home Studio Pack, what are the margins for improving audio signal performance in a home studio recording? Here at Reference Laboratory we believe that other details must be taken into consideration and tested, such as certain accessories related to the musical instruments involved.... 
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