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Multicable color codes

2010-06-28

Hosa8way

Using 8 way cables all the time, I have been wondering for years if there is any recommendation or standard for what color goes where. The other day I accidentally bumped across a proposal from the German Surround Sound Forum, referenced in table 4.1 in Rumsey (2001)1:

Track Signal Comments Colour
1 Left Yellow
2 Right Red
3 Centre Orange
4 Low Frequency Enhancement Additional sub-bass and effects signal for subwoofer, optional Grey
5 Left Surround -3 dB in the case of mono surround Blue
6 Right Surround -3dB in the case of mono surround Green
7 Free use in program exchange Preferable left channel of a 2/0 stereo mix Violet
8 Free use in program exchange Preferable right channel of a 2/0 stereo mix Brown

1 F. Rumsey (2001): Spatial Audio. Focal Press

 

Update (2010-07-14):

Pascal Baltazar pointed me to a Wikipedia article on surround sound that provides a different color code, quoting the ANSI/CEA-863-A standard from 2005:

Track Signal Colour
1 Front left White
2 Front right Red
3 Center Green
4 Low frequency Purple
5 Surround left Blue
6 Surround right Grey
7 Surround back left Brown
8 Surround back right Khaki

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