Ask a Producer: How to Coil a Cable

In our inaugural entry in our new Ask a Producer series on recording tips, we covered various strategies for recording and mic’ing a guitar amplifier with Kevin Antreassian of Backroom Studios and the Dillinger Escape Plan. I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t yet – whether you’re a student, a home recording enthusiast, or a lowly intern, you may reconsider the way you’ve been approaching recording guitars.


Our series featuring Kevin continues this week, only we’ve turned our attention to one of the most important subjects that gets the least discussion: cable management. It never ceases to amaze me how basic cable management skills – from coiling cable to arranging winds to keeping a neat set-up – are forgotten (or just ignored). So check out some tips from Kevin on how to up your game in this department:

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Max is managing editor of Gear Gods.

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  • This is great advice! I was lucky that in high school my theater stage crew class teacher made us learn to wrap cables correctly. I remember spending a whole hour wrapping and then throwing and rewrapping just so we all got it down. Build a good habit.

  • nice video! i hate seeing people on stage who are not able to treat cables properly (even so-called ‘professionals’), so i’m glad everytime somebody’s giving advice on this matter….
    just a little note: i wouldn’t put the ends of the cable together after coiling, ’cause this might wear them down mechanically way faster than usual and it does not even give you a real benefit to do so.
    this could be especially crucial if you’re on a small budget and don’t have the best XLR-connectors.
    maybe i’m just overvaluing that stuff, but as a professional in event technologies (and after fixing your 1000th cable…) you get used to treating those things like little babies, ’cause in the end one of the worst things that could happen to you is a broken cable buried under dozens of other ones when you’re on stage…

  • Nice. The Velcro strips do wonders for keeping things separated. However, I still have a tote full of tangled cables under my bed that I’m too afraid to dig into. They’re probably one giant knot at this point! If anybody has any tricks for long term storage and organization, let me know! I know some guys use ziplock bags, but that just seems like too much work. Nice post!

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