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 @ 1:16 PM
"So, after 12 years of touring, comprising a couple thousand shows ... I plugged up a MIDI cable the other day, and it didn't work"

That's actually a pretty good track record, really.


Jan.11.2007 @ 1:21 PM
Yeah man, but you compared Mogami to Breitling Watches --> they be pretty boutique if you ask me...

Jan.11.2007 @ 1:29 PM
Mogami midi cables are full of techno.

Those coloured rings are just the shizzle ;-)



Jan.11.2007 @ 1:38 PM
Chris Randall
Breitling aren't boutique. They're working watches for professional people. Hence the comparision. If I wanted to go boutique, I'd have said "Jaeger-LeCoultre" or something.

In any case, as usual, you guys are reading far too much in to my comments. I've had plenty of HOSA cables fail, both MIDI and audio. If you don't want to spend $15 on your MIDI cables, don't. They'll probably be fine.



Jan.11.2007 @ 2:11 PM
So, Chris, are you saying that HOSA cables fucked up your Seiko watch? Damn, that's weird.

Jan.11.2007 @ 2:54 PM
Speaking of rings on the connectors, does anyone know what connectors they use? Looking for good connectors for DIY projects / patch cables and colored rings would be slick.

Jan.11.2007 @ 3:32 PM
D' MacKinnon
I've always splurged for expense audio cables just because I've gone through a ton of the cheap stuff and I like being able to bring a broken cable into a store and say "Replace this" and have it be free. Never splurged on nice midi cables though, mine are all pretty rag-tag cheapo ones.

Jan.11.2007 @ 7:33 PM
mike kiraly
wait, so you guys don't buy your midi cables based on matching the color of your synths?

when i sold my korg karma, i had to replace it with a nord otherwise my red midi cables would have been useless.

anyone want to buy a microwave xt? i can't find orange midi cables anywhere :(

i heard that monster owns seiko. just sayin' what i heard.


Jan.11.2007 @ 8:06 PM
I can see the point. I still have cloth-wrapped 1/4" cables from 12 years ago. I also run midi data through them.

Jan.11.2007 @ 8:37 PM
my seiko watch cost 500 bucks, is only available in japan, keeps perfect time (due to daily radio synchronisation with the atomic clock), and is fully solar powered so you NEVER need to change batteries ;) it looks cool too

as for good midi cabes, be careful, i bought some good midi cables once - on one occasion i tried to use them as sync24 cables and it DIDN'T work due to the fact the only the MIDI pins were connected. stick to hosa if you want sync24!


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