January 10, 2007


by Chris Randall

So I've been using these whack-ass HOSA MIDI cables for years and years. There are a couple reasons for this, and they are as follows: (a) on tour most of your gear attrition comes in the form of loss of accessories, and (b) you're lucky to find a MIDI cable at all in Fayetteville, North Carolina, never mind one that isn't HOSA.

So, after 12 years of touring, comprising a couple thousand shows, I have stacks and stacks of cables of all flavors, and most of them are HOSA. I plugged up a MIDI cable the other day, and it didn't work, and I was like "fuck it. I'm buying some nice MIDI cables." So today the UPS man left a box from Analog Haven on my porch, and in it were some Mogami MIDI cables. These little bitches are _nice_, and that's about all I have to say on the matter. HOSA and Mogami both make MIDI cables the same way that Seiko and Breitling both make watches. They both tell time, but the Seiko is essentially disposable, while the Breitling is an heirloom.



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Jan.11.2007 @ 4:33 AM
Do they sound better? ;-)

Jan.11.2007 @ 4:56 AM
why would you buy such midi cables ?
is that for less electrical interference , faster transfer because of different resistance ?

Jan.11.2007 @ 5:05 AM
Just dont buy Monster cables....

link [www.monstergreed.co...]">link [www.monstergreed.co...]


Jan.11.2007 @ 9:41 AM
Solipsist Nation
Good Seiko watches aren't disposable... You just have to go looking for the good ones since they also make a lot of cheapies.

Check it out:

link [www.timezone.co...]">link [www.timezone.co...]


Jan.11.2007 @ 10:58 AM
So, now during the after-show cleanup, you've got to dive for both your DI boxes, *and* the MIDI cables.

Seriously, though, my studio used to be full of MIDI gear, back when the Alesis MMT-8s were my main sequencer, and good MIDI cables were a must then. Thanks for pointing these out.


Jan.11.2007 @ 11:46 AM
Molded cables? How pedestrian. I only use silver-core wire with die-cast silver-plated Switchcraft ends for my trusted MIDI sources. With tiny plastic stands to keep the ground effect from adding to MIDI slop. Even Vince Clarke gets up and dances when he hears the result.

Jan.11.2007 @ 11:47 AM
penzoil washington
For about $10,000 I could redo my setup with these:
link [www.dedicatedauio.co...]">link [www.dedicatedauio.co...]
and if I did, I would gush:
"It's as if a veil had been lifted, wider soundstage and more detail"
But since every record I've ever loved wasn't done with boutique cabling, I guess I'll muddle through somehow.


Jan.11.2007 @ 11:49 AM
Well, I understand that a good-quality cable lasts longer than a cheap cable... so a high quality cable could be desirable in and of itself for that reason.

But, I have never heard of information being dropped because of a MIDI cable ("dropped" isn't the right term, because it isn't a packet, but you know what I mean). I have never heard of noisy cables triggering false events. I have had problems with midi equipment not being able to talk to each other, but that was weird incompatibilities between the equipment and were uneffected by midi cables.

The only reason I would pay a lot for a midi cable, is if I was worried about the plug on the cable getting kicked, and breaking the plastic inside the jack on the equipment, or leaving pins permanently stuck in the jack (I have seen midi jacks on equipment broken this way). But the Mogami jacks don't look any different than any other jack I have seen. Are the Mogami less likely to cause damage to the equipment (which is really the only thing I could care about from a midi cable).


Jan.11.2007 @ 11:57 AM
"Even Vince Clarke gets up and dances when he hears the result."

Didn't Vince Clarke pay a lot of money to have the midi retrofits on all his classic keyboards removed? He still sequences on a BBC Micro that outputs CV, doesn't he? When Vince Clarke starts dancing to MIDI tunes, I expect a cold wind to be blowing through hell.


Jan.11.2007 @ 12:00 PM
Chris Randall
Heh. You guys crack me up.

These aren't especially expensive; I wouldn't term them "boutique" at all. They're just well-made, and I get the impression they'll last longer. Has a veil been lifted? Who the fuck cares. Even if it was, I would be compressing it to the point of distortion anyways, then running it through L3 to turn it in to a square wave.



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