Cable Management – The Key to a Neat Studio

Are you sick of walking into your home studio, inspired to make something amazing, and almost immediately walking out wondering why you lost your motivation? Or maybe just avoiding your studio in general because it just doesn’t feel “right”?

If you’ve ever felt this way, you’re not alone. And most of time, this issue can be solved with one easy step – clean up your studio!

A clean, orderly studio is really important – it has some real psychological effects – even Michael Scott knows that!

In all seriousness, there is a real correlation between looking at a clean space and feeling clear, which undoubtedly promotes creative thinking.

And what seems to always be the messiest, hardest part of your studio to clean up? That’s right, the cables.

There are a few ways to deal with these mess makers, but I came across a pretty cool solution this weekend. It’s called the CableBin.

Although it’s probably not going to contain every cable that you need in your studio, it could have some very handy uses. You could also construct something out of household items that works to a similar effect – here’s my ideas:

1. Run a DI box through the CableBin and have the instrument cable sticking out of the top. Then , just pull it out when you need it and wind it back in when you’re done! You could do the same with an XLR mic cable.

2. Use a decent sized cardboard box (maybe an Amazon.com box, or a printer paper box), and cut some holes in the top. Then, neatly wrap all of your extra cable and lay it in the box. Finally, run the in and the out through a couple of holes you make in the box, and voila! No rats nest of cables visible. Stowe the box away or put it out of view and your cable problem is solved!

3. Use tie twists (like you get on loaves of bread, etc.) to tie cables together – especially if they are on the same path. For example, if you’ve got two cables from your stereo DI box running to your interface, tie them together along the way and keep them organized!

4. Get a decently thick rug. If you’ve got carpeting, you’ll be able to run you cables under the rug almost undetectably – essentially hiding any cables that you need to run across the room.

So try these things out – hopefully you’ll be on your way to making better music in a better space!

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