Nerses wrote:What struck me in your room is that there's so few cables in sight, but you (like probably every home studio owner) don't have these fancy floors that have cabling hidden underneath them.
I hate untidy cabling snaking all over the floor! Probably a hangover from my BBC days again...
So when I need to plug in review gear, I can either do it directly into the patch panel on the desk (there's MIDI in and out, network and USB connections, wordclock, stereo analogue and AES3 digital I/O, and four tie-lines to the middle rack bay), or I can place it on the big rack and plumb it into the middle bay where I have more of all of the desk interfaces, plus ADAT optical and analogue and digital AES59 D-subs. The I/O for the Audio Precision test set and a digital oscilloscope are also there.
I would also REALLY have liked to see how you cabled up all those patchbays in this massive triple rack. Is it on wheels?
Not on wheels, as that would have made it too high. But it is on heavy-duty Teflon pads which slide relatively easily on the laminate floor. The cabling in the back of the bays is not as structured as it could have been, mostly because I anticipate changing things around once or twice a year and so wanted a high degree of flexibility. But there are basically three cable looms held together with Velcro wraps that run from behind the rack around to the desk and then on to the broadband shelf in the corner and through to the room next door where the NAS servers and printer are.
One loom comrpises the individual mains supplies, plus network, USB, RF, and word clock cables (there are powered USB hubs in bay 3 and behind the desk patchbay) , and the other two looms combine balanced analogue and digital feeds between the two desk racks and the patchbay under the desk.
The keyboard audio feeds in and out are wired into a 12-way multicore that runs into an ART T8 isolating transformer box and a couple of other two-channel boxes behind the Yamaha rack, to provide balanced earth-free instrument feeds that go into the mixer via the patchbay. The mixer feeds the ADAT input of the RME card in the computer with individual isolated recording feeds, and also provides convenient monitoring and effects regardless of whether the computer is running. There's also another velcro'd loom from the desk to the keyboards for MIDI and USB connections.
The most important aspect of all these looms is that every single cable is labelled at both ends, so that reconfiguring or fault-finding is very straightforward.
I have spent way too many hours hunched in quite uncomfortable positions with a headlamp behind racks or tables, swearing, and the floor area behind my desk is filled with semitangled cables.
Yep. Been there, done that! The whole design of my setup was focused on not needing to rummage in the back of anything (unless re-equipping). Everything I'm ever likely to need to access is available on a patchbay!