Use Velcro To Keep Your Gear In PlaceMay 22, 2010 6:00 am Home Recording
OK, I admit it: I tend to be compulsively neat. Not to the point of mania, mind you, but I do like to tie up my cables in a harness, arrange my gear neatly, and replace my guitar strings in alphabetical order. (OK, I was kidding about that last one.)
Just as duct tape is a key tool for repairing all manner of things, for me those little Velcro squares you see in office supply departments are a “magic” solution to keeping small items in place that otherwise tend to go astray and become part of what recording engineers call “a big tangle of cables and stuff.”
A Square Deal
In case you somehow haven’t seen them, I’m talking about little 1-inch self-adhesive Velcro squares like these:
These squares come in two types, one with “hooks” and one with “loops.” You stick one type (either) on the item you want to hold down and the other type on the surface you want it held down to. Viola! That gear ain’t goin’ nowhere, as they say.
Here are three examples from my world of how handy these little Velcro guys can be in keeping things shipshape in the studio.
1. Headphone amplifier.
This little headphone amp provides a nice central point to plug in up to four sets of headphones, with a separate volume slider for each one. Very handy! But only if it stays right at the corner of the worktable where it belongs. (It’s not nearly as handy after it’s been pulled to the floor by a headphone cable.)
In this case, I wanted to anchor all four corners, so I cut a single “hook” square and a single “loop” square into quarters (more or less), positioning the mini-squares in the corners of the headphone amp base and in the corresponding positions on the table. Now the thing stays put, but I can still pick it up and take it somewhere if I need to.
2. Audio Interface.
I use this Audio Genie Pro USB interface with a MacBook in my mixing studio. Again, it is a small, lightweight unit that is easily pulled around by the various cables connected to it. I wanted it to stay put on top of my right-hand monitor speaker, so out came the Velcro! Two squares did the trick this time, as you can see.
3. USB hub.
In the mixing studio again, I use a 4-port USB hub to connect the audio interface, a mouse, and a MIDI keyboard to a single USB port on the MacBook. I wanted the hub to be out of the way, but still in a position where I could get to it if I needed to plug something else in. You guessed it: Velcro to the rescue once again! A square on the back of the hub and a square on the left-hand monitor speaker, and Bob’s your uncle!
These are just a few of the places I use this Velcro-mounting trick in my tracking and mixing studios. If you like even the little things to be in the right place, maybe you should be using it too!Tags: studio practice -->