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I saw this referenced in a question about setting up microphones for drums.

It seemed to be for collecting signals from multiple mics and passing them on to a single channel in a mixing desk. Is it basically a mixing desk with less features and a different shape?

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A snake is simply several cables bunched together. It is typically used to route all or most of the signals between the stage and a mixing desk.

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There is usually a box at the stage end to plug all of the microphones and instruments into and simply cables at the other end to plug into the mixer.

Here is a Wikipedia article with more technical details on the cable itself.

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A snake:

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Not really to pass it to a single channel or change effects around or anything - more of a organizational tool; keeping the studio / recording area tidy.

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