The Octopus – Cable Management for the DJ on the Go, Cheaply

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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Rob Cifre aka Bamboo Live at Relax Sundays 5/6/12

Bamboo Live at Relax Sundays 5/6/12

Bamboo at Relax Sundays 5/6/12 (Photo by @triciadick on instagram)

So a little explanation is in order. I was mixing out of DJ Matt Kinney who was on a vinyl Serato setup and then it fades out a bit quickly near the end, trust me it sounded good live when DJ Dread took over on the vinyl Traktor setup.

I did this with my lovely Traktor Kontrol S2 ‘Bumblebee’ with the S2D2 Mappings – created by the very talented developer, Jiggle. Live at my residency in Stamford, CT:  Relax Sundays
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