There comes a time when you start bringing a lot of equipment with you. Each piece of equipment will have at least 1 wire you need to attach to it. Multiple power plugs may need to be plugged in. USB cords in and out of the computer. USB Hubs.. power plugs, hard drives. The list can go on.
I normally bring a NI Kontrol S2, a NI Maschine Mikro (mk1), a NI Kontrol F1, and my favorite toy of all, the Midi Fighter 3D. I’m using a Belkin 4 port powered USB hub and of course my Apple MacBook.
I need 4 USB cables for my equipment, plus 1 USB for the Hub to connect to the computer. I now need 3 spots on a power strip. 1 for the MacBook, 1 for the S2 and 1 more for the USB Hub. When you travel from gig to gig 3 spots is a lot to ask for on a busy power strip. I needed a solution to make the set up and take down quick and painless. Something that would help with organizing and storing all at once. I needed a cheap solution, because.. why not.
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So I headed down to Walmart to see what I could pick up. I found a Sterilite 6 Quart Storage Box that seemed to be exactly the size that I needed. It came out to a very great price, less then 3 bucks with tax. Probably cheaper online but I have no patience.
Took the box home and pulled out a drill. *IMPORTANT* Kids before you go drilling or cutting anything make sure you have a parent or guardian near by to supervise you. Things can get really ugly and fast.
That’s it! This little system has reduced the clutter and has helped with setup and take down times. I hope this helps! Let me know in the comments what you do to reduce the clutter on your rig.
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