Here’s an odd question:
What do you guys do in terms of cable-management? I’m rewiring my studio at the moment.
Audio and MIDI cables are looking nice and neat, but I’m stumped for a neat way to tidy up the power leads. I’ve got some of my synths on a shelf, so stuff hanging down is going to be really obvious, but the power leads are, of course, much longer than they need to be, but much less easy to cut to length than audio leads- which I’m custom-making myself.
Any tips, anyone?
Terrible iPhone photo below.
I’ve only done the bottom shelf so far. Not sure yet how I’m going to do the top one.
maybe mount your powerstrips under the shelf and fix the spools of cable with velcro strips? Dont trim the leads to fit because there is nothing worse than moving something and finding the cord is now too short (personal experience).
I’ve attached a 6-way power-strip under the shelf at the left. It’s quite nicely hidden by the sloped shelf, but the cables still hang down. I think I might rig up some kind of cable tray type thing under the power-strip, and just bunch up the excess cable in that. The only problem then is that the cable spaghetti will be visible, because it’ll be a bit lower down on the wall. I think you’re right about not shortening the cables qp. I’m really tempted, but I will resist…
@Titus Raindrops- yep, it’s a 1st-generation Monomachine. I’d never have bought one new, but I got this on eBay for a not-too-eyewatering price. I’ve not had it long. I’m in two minds about it, to be honest. I love the fact you can change almost every parameter on a per-step basis. On the other hand, the actual synth engines are pretty limited, in a lot of ways. I’m not 100% sure I like the dual filter setup, either. I bought it partly for the vocal synthesis engine, which is also a bit disappointing. It’s great for robo-scat type random vocal-esque noises, but actually getting the thing to sing anything intelligible is an exercise in frustration. I’m looking forward to digging into it a bit more deeply when I get a chance.
@qp that’s not a bad idea. I’ve done something similar with the audio and MIDI cables. They’re velcroed to the underside of the shelf, then velcroed to the shelving rail. I might just bunch the power leads up too, as you suggest, and velcro them to the underside of the shelf, too. I’ve been sticking a screw through the middle of some Ikea cable tidying velcro strips into the plywood shelf. Seems fairy secure.
I’ve bought some braided cable sheathing and I’m going to stuff the audio and MIDI cables inside that to keep them nicely together. That should look nice and neat- which is why it’s so annoying there isn’t as neat a solution for the power
I’ll definitely post a photo when it’s all back together again.
@6581punk I’ve looked at stuff in B&Q, but nothing really appeals. Also, it’s made for smaller numbers of cables, generally. The bunch of cables from that one shelf is quite fat- there are 8x audio outputs from the synths, a number of audio inputs to them (not sure how many yet- I’m short of sockets on my patchbay), plus MIDI I/O cables for each of the four boxes. The audio cables are relatively heavy-duty mic cable.
Not sure about the drainpipe idea
I think the braided sheathing will look nicer, as long as I can do something neat with the ends.