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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Launching Traktor & Maschine, turn off Wi-Fi, close all Apps, all with a keyboard shortcut.

*Updated* The other day I was reading an article on DJ Tech Tools called “DIY Autosave in Traktor”. It talked about setting up a keyboard shortcut and using a third party app called ‘QuickKeys’ in order to autosave your collection and a few of your settings. Great article, so go read it if you haven’t read it yet.

Since it’s almost 2013 and I get lazier (or smarter) as I age I decided to automate the difficult task of opening up my Traktor and Maschine software while closing all other applications and turning WIFI off, all mapped out to a keyboard shortcut. The beauty of DJTT’s article is that it uses an application that works for both Windows and Mac OS X. Again, I am lazy so you will get the non third party Mac only tutorial.

Automator Chooser

First thing we need to do is open up “Automator” located in your Applications/Utlities/ Folder. Choose ‘Service’ for the type of document we are creating. We chose service instead of an application so we can give it a keyboard shortcut later. Since we are not sending any inputs to our service application change the ‘Service receives selected’ ‘text’ to ‘no input’ in ‘any application’.

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