Colored cables!

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Do you use colored cables and how?

Just black for me
For different signal types
For different voices
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Post by melodydad » Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:38 am

In my rack, as far as possible:

Blue = Audio (and Grey into filters when I run out of Blue)
Red= Gate
Yellow = Clock
Green = LFO

Use 3 different length of Analogue Systems cables

and for stuff that pretty much stays patched (1v/oct, gates going into EG's etc, I use Grey/Black Doepfer . . . .

anal or what?
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Post by Drumdrumdrumdrum » Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:09 am

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Re: Colored cables!

Post by Mr. Aloud » Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:09 am

I´m still torn, as the system is currently growing. My current rules:

- Strictly color coding like in Nord Modular means that you have to buy a lot more cables to be flexible.
- Cables that are patched often should stand out by color, while cables that stay connected all the time should vanish as much as possible.
- Color coding does not have to happen for the full cable, a good compromise is to have, say, only black and white cables and then mark them according to function.

I decided to use two colors (black to hide, blue to stand out) and mark them using these little thingies:
Link to

You can
- use simple color coding for type, ignoring the numbers or
- go full OCD mode by numbering the cables (resistor color code) and then assign numerical ranges: 600-699 is CV so those have a blue clip next to the cable end, audio is red, so 200-299 etc.

But maybe I should just let go and use random colors, it´s an intriguing thought.
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Re: Colored cables!

Post by snevlida14 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:11 am

That is an interesting idea actually

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