Exhausting and time–consuming, detangling cables is a task everyone dreads, thereby pushing it for later. However, this continuous postponement serves no good as it only increases the entanglement of the cables even further. Imagine the plight of those working in studios if people feel drained out after sorting out only a few cables at home! You can understand why it’s important to have good cable management tips for podcasters.
5 Cable Management Tips for Podcasters
Cable connections are running from studio monitors to audio interfaces, computers to addresses, a whole another disturbing nightmare of a situation. With podcasters often working in a professional studio setup, they must be having a sea of entangled cables lying around. Not only do those make the studio look disorganized, but they also take up a lot of space.
Cable management is a good way of keeping the equipment and studio organized too. Here are five cable management tips for podcasters that should help avoid such messy situations.
Labeling and Color coding
The same old organizational method of differentiating our books or readings with labeled, colored sticky notes would work as effectively on cables. Label all cables on both ends, for the long ones, even the middle, to avoid confusion and make them easily locatable.
To make things even easier, label each input with the preamp name and the input number with a differently colored sticker to make things even easier. Knowing which label belongs to which cable and serves what purpose will save much time. Though several technological advancements can help tackle this issue, sometimes the more straightforward methods work out best.
Crop out the unnecessary length
To keep your high-risk cables at a safe distance from pets and children, coil up the excessive length into a bundle. Furthermore, hang the same on a hook or a hanger to prevent them from messily lying around.
While doing so, remember two key points. Firstly, do not bundle together more than five cords at one outlet. Secondly, never use staples or nails to hang the cables as those may cause damage to insulation.
If you’re looking for cords that are safe to use and work seamlessly on multiple gadgets, go for the 3 prong extension cord. Such cords are safer to use around children than the others with significantly low risks of shock or electrical fires.
Cable Shelves and Trays
In a studio setup, different pieces of equipment are placed in different racks as per their use and convenience. And with all this equipment connected with cables and wires, entangled wires are a common sight.
Well, that isn’t a problem anymore. Cable shelves, sturdy, durable, and affordable too, can hold the unruly cables in place. It helps them remain detangled and is easily accessible for use. Try placing cable shelves between your pieces of equipment and their cables and see the difference for yourself.
Another alternative is cable trays to systematically contain the cables that run from one console to the other. The best thing about the cable trays is they are spacious and sturdy enough to accommodate even a power distribution block.
Well-measured and planned studio design
While designing or renovating your studio, it is always good to have an innovative and structured plan that prioritizes multi-functionality and orderliness. Taking proper distance measurements between the gadgets is quite a smart move. It will also help you decide the appropriate length of wire to connect the equipment.
Pre-planning the arrangement and placement of the cables also serves to assemble them for maximum utilization methodically. Another intelligent design tactic is adding inbuilt cable space on the walls that stay covered unless you remove the covers. How cool and user-friendly is that!
Spare Cables and Proper Maintenance
Just like it is always safer to have a spare of our essential things to be helpful during emergencies, so is the case with cables. It is standard for podcasters to shift their recording and editing work to different places for specific work-related purposes. So having spare cables and power leads is a life-saving tactic if your usual ones are damaged or entangled.
It is best to prevent such a situation from happening with proper maintenance of your cables. As already mentioned before, avoiding leaving them entangled and unruly may lead to most of them becoming non-operable. Also, it is always better to lay them as straight as your space situation allows and clean them from time to time to avoid assembling dust traps.
Popular, professional podcasting requires a lot of hi-tech devices to enhance the standards of the podcaster’s discussion and overall functioning of the show. The better the quality of the podcast, the more audience it acquires. Everyone knows for a fact that all these premium gadgets at some (or most) point or the other need well-functioning cables to operate. So, here’s hoping that this discussion guides podcasters towards the management of cables from now onwards.
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