In this tutorial, i will explain how to manufacture your own Low-profile XLR. Many companies on the Internet provide precast Low-Profile cables, but it’s often extremely costly. For just a few dollars/euros it is possible, however, to make them yourself.

Materials selection

  • XLR connectors ( male or female )
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Epoxy resin with Colors Pigments or Paint

I have chosen to use the Neutrik NC3FXX XLR 3-Pin Nickel Female Connector.

Schema

The first step is to cut the upper part of the XLR connector, then to drill a hole to the opposite of the push-button as shown on the diagram below :

Note that the hole size should be slightly smaller than your cable thickness.

The second step is to insert the stripped cable in the hole before welding.

Once done, all that remains to do is to fills the connector with glue using the glue gun.

To avoid glue leaks out by holes connector, the trick is to connect a female connector during filling. Ensure that all is well waterproof.

The final step is optional, but for those who want to custom the connector with colors, i used epoxy resin with colors pigments.

 Follow mixing instructions carefully, put tape around the upper part of the connector and makes it overflow from a few millimetres.

 If you have followed the previous instructions correctly, the resin should not leak from below.

Then let air dry and remove the tape.

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