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The beautiful thing about modular synths is making connections physically – each link with an actual cable between them. It is, really, the whole point.

Of course, you need somewhere to put all those cables and keep them organized. There are various cable racks available, but they’re generally mounted to walls and such. Synthtopia this week covered a nice option that can mount to a mic stand, from Synthesizers.com.

But for sheer utility, it’s hard to beat what KOMA Elektronik this week was showing at Musikmesse. The Kabelhänger goes the obvious, “why didn’t anyone do this before?” route: it makes that cable organizer into a “module.”

Screw the Kabelhänger into your Eurorack rig, and it extends from your modular setup to keep cables nearby. Made of strong but lightweight aluminum, it’s 2HP in size (with an arm of 21 cm or 26 cm).

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That makes it the perfect accessory for the smaller suitcase rigs many people are using these days. I especially like the little suitcase modulars, partly because they force musicians to be choosy about which modules they use (which can lead to more focused musical applications), and mostly because I like things that are affordable and lightweight. Tempting stuff, especially given that a really nice handful of boutique modules can be had for the price of a Mac laptop (or less).

And speaking of mobility, you can unscrew this with your fingers and toss it into your backpack, making this a quick-and-dirty, set-up-your-hanger-onstage.

Starts at 25€, including VAT. At dealers near you. I expect everyone will get one.

Now I just need a mobile cable organizer for a digital rig.

Oh, yeah, and it makes a great comb. (Comb-a Elektronik / Comb filter jokes here – thanks to my Facebook friends for those.)

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More:

http://koma-elektronik.com/?product=kabelhanger

  • Ben Sharma

    Those KOMA guys are thinking out of the box, literally in this case. Very excited about what is coming from Berlin lately!

  • Apeirophobe

    As cool as this is it still eats up 2hp! I’d like something that is held underneath the case and extends out the side. But yeah if you’ve got 2hp to spare this is a no brainer.

  • Jim Aikin

    For now, I think I’ll stick with shoeboxes.

  • Jeffrey Horton

    This is nothing new analogue haven has had cable holders for years, the difference is this one eats up 2hp (as Apeirophobe noted) which is not a good option for me.

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      That’s fair – and might explain why others didn’t do it this way before.

      I think a lot of people wind up with one space to fill, though. Unless I’m missing something and there’s another way to mount it…

      DIY solutions, anyone? Can’t be *that* hard; patch cables tend to me short so there’s less weight…

    • subbasshead

      This seems useful for small single case modular synths but doesnt actually look like it would hold very many? Also worth noting, the length/weight of your patch cables is dependent on the size of your modular – as soon as you expand beyond a single case you need many lengths, including longer, heavier cables… I use the ponoma cable organiser ex analoguehaven, which can hold a lot of cables:

      http://www.analoguehaven.com/cables/

    • don bon bon

      I tried it at the messse. When you use it in a case that is standing up you can pt at least 40 cables on there, thats more than enough for a mid size system…

  • lazenbleep

    isn’t there an ikea hack to do this with a cutlery saver? or was that another weird dream like the rottweiler toboggan

  • poopoo

    I use a spiral binding thing from the stationary cupboard at work. Cheap and good.