Use rubberbands as cable ties.

Rubber Band Cable Ties

This post is dedicated to my father. For years my brother and I made fun of him because he always had large amounts of rubber bands on the gear shifter of the cars he owned. His reason for doing this was “In case he needed one”. Well dear father revenge is yours because for the past 5 years I have been addicted to rubber bands. If you are a performing musical artist with any electronic gear you bring to your live shows you should be addicted too!

Being an actual live performer with vocals in the techno scene means you have to show up at an event with every cable you need. About half the time there won’t be a sound man in sight. Also be prepared… very prepared to do set up in total darkness with people on drugs screaming things into your ear (in a foreign language) and music blaring at about 180 decibels.

As you can see in the photo above it a simple process and after a few months the cables start to keep their rubber banded form. I can atest to the fact that it doesn’t cause a cable to fail because I’ve been using most of these cables for over five years without a problem. Before I leave my studio to the airport I layout all the cables and make sure they are banded. After I perform either backstage or in the hotel room I re-band everything. Another tip: If I am playing a really packed event where I am directly in front of the crowd to make sure there are no loose wires for kids to pull I will rubber band the loose part of the cable while each of its ends are plugged in.

By the way if your in Germany make sure you ask “Ich brauche Gummiband.” Which means “I need rubber bands.” Do not say “Ich brauche Gummi.” because that means “I need condoms.”. I learned this the hard way.

Another thing to consider is having your cables in order speeds things up at Airport Security! How do you keep your cables in order on the road?

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 3, 2007 at 9:53 am, filed under live performance and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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2 Responses to “Use rubberbands as cable ties.”

  1. Kent Sandvik says:

    Cool idea. I would be worried about keeping cables collected in that form, as they could start acting as a source of radio transmission, the form makes it like an antenna…

  2. satronica says:

    If you are worried about radio transmissions, just wear an aluminum foil hat to keep the transmissions at bay!

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