Now that you know what are audio cables and its various types and have enough knowledge about connectors. Let us move towards the art of cable organization. Audio cables can create a huge mess if not organized to the best, not only unmanaged audio cables can deteriorate the sound quality, but they can also cause accidents resulting in injuries to you and harm to the equipment. Thus, it is important that one must know how to effectively organize audio cables to have best sound effects and a safe recording environment. Here are some tips for audio cable management that will make you struggle less for ideal configuration:
Use snake cables:
Most of the times, having too many cables is the main problem that audio experts face. However, despite the seriousness of the problem, the solution is pretty simple, use ‘snake cables’.
As the name suggests, snake cables are many cables incorporated into one making one cable that has many output connectors to be used for different purposes. This usually offers two benefits:
First, it reduces the clutter size that we usually see in most of the recording studios. You can now organize cables with ease and without making much mess.
Second, It allows you to relocate or change the setting of the equipment with ease and without getting lost in the spider web of cables.
This might not be a very apt idea for a professional studio, but if you have a small studio you might be folding one or two cables on daily basis. If so, using a cable winder is a quick solution for your struggles. You can easily extend or retract the desired length of cable from a cable winder as and when required. This cut shorts the efforts you have to give for manually opening and folding the cable.
Solder Your Own Cables:
The best and the most professionally used way for cable management is soldering your own cables. Professional recording studios often have soldered cables for their setup. The cut and solder the exact length required and make it clutter-free. You can either do it on your own or take help from a soldering expert and make your own soldered cables.
Keep the inventory managed:
Last but not the least, you must have a limited inventory of cables and connectors. Having more than what you require often results in mess and wastage. Thus, throw away or sell your old cables and connectors and keep your inventory well organized. This way you will have just what you need and thus there will be no scope of clutter or unorganized cables.
These are some tips that help you in keeping your cables organized. This not only decreases the confusion but also helps you in preventing cables and other equipment from untimely decay.