Avoid Cable Hazard in a Studio Set

BY: Fernando Manitto

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Aw yes! The recording studio: a fabulous sound proof room where dreams and ideas come to life. Generally, these temples of creation are equipped with consoles, speakers, racked equipment, and a large assortment of cables. If we're being honest, there are cables everywhere! The racks are jam-packed with plug-ins, effect processors, modulators, and so much more I don't even know the names for. One thing to keep in mind is that every time a new artist comes by the studio, all of these connections and combinations of effects have to be made from scratch, as every artist is unique and therefore requires their own unique sound.

So how can we control this colossal mess of wires?

Start by labeling! There are plenty of label printers available for marking your cables. Or you could color code using heat shrink; that works too. The labeling can also be applied to the equipment itself… but honestly, if you don't already know what a piece of equipment is and what it does, you probably shouldn't be using it. A way to keep things organized is to make sure that after every session (no matter how late/early you're there) everything gets broken down and properly stored (use the interns). Rack cable management is also another great tool to keep wires tidy while in use during a recording session.

Inside the live room, things get a little trickier, as cable runs get longer and drummers will make your life miserable since every drum needs its own mic. Your best options here are floor cord covers, or even cable sleeving that can help reduce tripping hazards. We offer tons more products for all your cable management needs, so get creative and show us your creation.