Soldering 101 – How to Save Thousands of Dollars Over Your Career



This course is designed to teach you everything you need to know to make your very own cables. We will touch on what equipment to purchase, how to stay safe while operating the equipment, and even demonstrate techniques and examples of how to make different types of cables.

Soldering, in its easiest explanation, is the process of fusing two things together using a metal alloy, called solder. This metal alloy is a substance made from two or more metals.When you fuse two pieces of metal together, you create a solder joint. 

Very few tools are needed to actually perform the soldering process. However, there are a bunch of accessories that make the job easier when the job gets more technical. 

The soldering process is not a difficult task to learn, but it does take a little bit of time to master… Do NOT expect your cables to look amazing overnight – or for you to make a perfect cable the first time. However, don’t worry, with a little practice and the guidance of this course you will get up to speed as quickly as possible so you can focus on the audio rather than just the cable making! 

If you follow along with some of the basic tips in this course, you will be on your way to saving money and making cables that are just as good as many you can buy. They may even be better, because they were not mass produced. Machines do not necessarily make better cables. They just make things fast and cheap. 

We are going to take you into the world of cable building and repair and show you what you need to buy, how to maintain your equipment, & how to be safe on set. This is Soldering 101.


  • Learn the basics of soldering!
  • Learn all the most important tools to purchase
  • Learn all your prep work of what to do before you even turn on the iron!
  • Learn about balanced and unbalanced
  • Best suitable for beginners to advanced level users and who learn faster when demonstrated.
  • Practical learning experience with examples.

Course Features

  • Lectures 13
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration Over an Hour of Video
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 2
  • Assessments Yes
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Thomas Popp has a degree in Recording Arts and Sciences and has worked on countless Television Shows, Movies, Commercials, and Music Videos. He is also a Representative for the popular audio equipment manufacturer, Zaxcom, Inc. He has educated many students about the theories and techniques of Production Sound, which also includes traveling to China to teach a masters class on Digital Wireless Technology. His most recent quest is creating Video Mantis and the idea that everyone can record quality sound if they learn how to listen.

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