Cable "snake" solution for AX8?

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  1. JayCM800XL

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    I've seen a few pictures of AX8 setups and I'm very turned off by the rats' nest of cables connecting it.
    I would like to see if anyone has overcome this with some sort of "snake" cabling? And what to buy/ where to get it advice... Thanks
     
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    These cats are great for a commercial off the shelf solution https://www.pedalsnake.com/

    I changed to making my own looms by getting cables of the length I want and using black electrical tape to bundle them and create a loom. It ends up being tidy on stage.

    I like being able to quickly get the cables apart for replacing etc. so that's why I use electrical tape vs. wire ties.
     
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    I make custom stuff for my setup, I can help you out if you want, its sometime so easy and just not been afraid to fire up the soldering iron.
     
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    Thanks guys! I'll try to go with a minimal set up (one guitar cable, one XLR to FOH, humbuster to FRFR cab, power main to outlet) so I don't even think I'll benefit from bundling the cables as they need to go all in different directions... Hmmm...
     
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    In my current setup (still no Ax8), I have five cables (amp input, FX send, FX return, channel switching, and a monitor signal going back) between board and amp organized in a sleeve, two cables (voice and in-ear) going to the mixing desk in a sleeve, and two cables (guitar signal and in-ear) going to me in a sleeve. It is very fast to connect, and fairly organized on stage.

    I recommend braided fabric sleeves over plastic ones as they are gentler on the cables, and they pack away more easily. This is an example
    http://www.smarthome.com/techflex-c...-inch-braided-cable-sleeve-black-25-feet.html


    With the Ax8, the number of cables will be reduced, and I intend to replace some of the cables with wireless, but I will still be using braided fabric sleeves.
     
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    Bestronics makes tour ready looms. Top notch quality.
     
  7. uglybassplayer

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    I went with this for my setup. Made one for my Helix and one for my AX8 (when I finally get my invite)...

    http://www.pedalpython.com
     
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    I have always built my own. I little forethought and the right resources go a long way.
     
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    I make cable snakes similar to below.
    We use the stuff at work out in the factory for cable looms. The only difference is I heat shrink over the end to secure the cable braid at each end and provide a neat output for the cables.


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    What inch diameter braid works best for 3 or 4 standard cables?


     
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    I use this Tecflex sleeve here:


    It doesn't have frayed ends. The split sleeve makes it easy to add or remove a cable. It comes in various lengths and thicknesses.
     
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    I use the pedal snake with my FX8. You can do hum buster with it too. I ordered a couple of the TRS plugs, and I run the TRS pigtail at the Humbuster out, and a TS into amp and effects return. Works awesome.
     
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    I'll have to double check the sizing. I believe it's 15mm, possibly 20mm.
    It stretches slightly and it's perfect for 4 cables.
     
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    I just realized I'll only need power and a single XLR back to the mixer/snake. This will be the easiest setup ever... I monitor through IEM. This will rock.
     
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    This is what I'm looking forward too with the worship band.

    I'm going to run it in 4CM with my Friedman for my rock band stuff. I already do this with the FX8, but it will be cool to have the choice of amps for a clean channel.
     
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    what about some velcro ties?
     
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    I'll second the TechFlex Sleeve stuff... it's very affordable on Amazon... Makes a nice snake... I did a 4CM snake with it a while back when I was using a H&K Grand Meister + HD500X... and a 2xMIDI + Power snake when I was using a FCB1010 with my Kemper. an IEC power plug will fit in a 3/4" (.75") sleeve.
     

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